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New Group Leader Elected for Derbyshire Conservatives

This morning at their AGM Derbyshire County Council Conservative Group elected a new Leader, Cllr Barry Lewis, following the European elections last week, which saw their current Leader Councillor Andrew Lewer MBE elected as a MEP for the East Midlands. Councillor Lewis said," I relish this opportunity and looking forward to challenging Labour on a range of issues, including their sluggish and damaging progress in making difficult decisions, designed to appease the Unions and minimise bad news before the General Election next year and which could ultimately see this authority bankrupted."

Derbyshire Conservative Leader Andrew Lewer Elected MEP for East Midlands

Following the European Elections on Thursday, former Conservative Leader of Derbyshire County Council Andrew Lewer was elected as one of two Conservative MEPs to Brussels on Sunday night. In a result that saw Labour beaten into second place in North East Derbyshire and almost beaten in Bolsover, their heartlands, by UKIP, Conservatives once again returned two MEPS in the East Midlands.

Slow Labour Will Fail to Save

Derbyshire Labour increasingly show that they are on target to fail to meet savings of £157m. Papers to Cabinet continually highlight that they will fail to meet in-year savings targets, instead pushing the savings further into the future, critically 2015/16. 

How our warnings were ignored

For many months now, my Conservative Group has been warning that politically motivated delays to implementing Extra Care plans could lead to disaster. Extra Care was a vision that the 2009-13 Administration had brought on speedily, and was to give hundreds of older people in Derbyshire independence and dignity in an affordable and innovative way. I am disappointed, but not surprised - given how our warnings were ignored - that the contract between Derbyshire County Council and housing provider Housing 21 is now being terminated. Bad news too for the Derbyshire economy, as the whole Extra Care package represented many, many millions of pounds of investment into our economy and would have created and supported large numbers of local jobs. The Cabinet Report reads that this termination “…provides the Council with an opportunity to shape the future…”. For those of you who do not speak “local government” that means “We have missed a huge opportunity and now we do not know what to do.”

Poor record of Derbyshire County Council since Labour took control and this poorly worded motion

The Prime Minister himself, only a few days ago, highlighted the poor record of Derbyshire County Council since Labour took control last year and this poorly worded motion was yet another example of their hard left and unconstructive approach. This coupled with legal advice only being given at the start of the meeting itself, thus not giving us time to question it in detail, led to the Conservative Group walking out of the Council Chamber. Council meetings have turned into tedious propaganda exercises over the last year. The absence of the public and the press shows they have voted with their feet.

Open Letter from Cllr Simon Spencer Leader of Opposition, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority‏

At the Fire Authority meeting that took place last Thursday members were presented with a thin 8 page document that was its response to the 450 page public consultation. Whilst proposing what was on the face of it a series of sensible and agreeable key principles and outcome proposals, what the lack of detail masked is of very great concern to the Conservative Group members. 

Fire Authority News

Cllr Simon Spencer on behalf of the Conservative group if it helps your story:"Whilst we welcome the public response to the proposals the paper presented today at the Fire Authority meeting provided no clarity to the public about what is really going to happen to the fire service in Derbyshire. Will it be Proposal B and therefore station closures by stealth? Or is the Labour controlling group going to make it up as they go along? What will fire cover and response times (a big issue for the public), be for Derbyshire in 2022? None of this was clear in this paper and that's why we chose to abstain."

Labour: Scorched by their own Proposals

Labour has wasted thousands of pounds of public money by embarking on a consultation exercise and then predetermining the outcome.  Labour councillors claim that the Labour Chairman, and it is assumed the Labour members of the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority (DFRA) will not support the proposals put forward by the Authority. 

Labour Claim Tory Ideas as Their Own

An announcement was made in Full Council by Labour leader Anne Western about 'Challenge Derbyshire' which she claimed as a new concept of invest to save.

Conservatives Secure a Key Concession in Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority Radical Plans for the Service

Last Thursday, the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority committee voted to consult the public on a radical set of proposals to transform the way the Fire and Rescue Service is delivered in Derbyshire.  The minority Conservative Group consisting of just four members from the County and the City of Derby negotiated a key concession to ensure that the consultation included looking at options to merge Fire Authorities, and to work more collaboratively across borders to achieve savings in shared services and management.