BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET (No overall control) Leader and Cabinet are Lib Dem
5 May 2011 Lib Dem 29, Con 29, Lab 5, Independent 2 3 April 2015 Lib Dem 28, Con 26, Independent 6, Lab 4, No Party 1
At the annual meeting on 19 May 2011, the Council elected a Conservative Chairman and a Labour Vice-Chairman.
An election was held for Leader of the Council with 33 votes for the Liberal Democrat, 29 votes for the Conservative and 2 abstentions. 1 Labour councillor was absent. The Liberal Democrat Leader went on to appoint 6 other Liberal Democrats to the Cabinet.
On 9 May 2012, it was reported that Dave Laming (Lambridge) and Malcom Lees (Weston) had resigned from the Conservative Party to become Independent councillors. They wanted to confirm their commitment to the residents in their wards.
15 November 2012 – Chew Valley North – Con hold Liz Richardson (Con) elected Caused by the resignation of Malcolm Hanney (Con), a former deputy leader, after 17 years as a councillor, since he was moving to Malaysia, to pursue a masters degree at the University of Malaya
On 19 December 2012, it was reported that Bryan Chalker (Lambridge) had resigned from the Conservatives and become an Independent.
In 26 January 2014, it was reported that Nathan Hartley (Peasedown) had resigned from the Liberal Democrat Party and become an Independent, largely because the decisions taken by the Lib Dem authority had not benefitted Peasedown St. John and its residents.
22 May 2014 – Bathavon North – Con hold Terence Gazzard (Con) elected Caused by the death of Gabriel Batt (Con)
On 19 June 2014, it was reported that Rob Appleyard (Westfield) had switched to the Liberal Democrats, after being deselected by the Labour Party ahead of next year’s elections
On 29 January 2015, it was reported that Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst MBE (Newbridge), a Liberal Democrat councillor for more than 20 years, had resigned from the Party and intended to stand as an Independent parliamentary candidate for Bath, based largely on her disappointment in the coalition government and in particular witnessing MPs toeing the party line, rather than acting for the good of the city. The website shows her as No Party.
Conservative 65 Liberal Democrats 65 Labour 45 Green 43 UKIP 12 Left Unity 2 Independents 20 No description 1 No politics, just Peasedown 3 (now 2 - one has withdrawn as ward only elects 2 councillors)
Labour membership in Bath is probably smaller than our (Green) membership is there.
But they have a ridiculously expensive bit of property investment in the heart of the city centre to sit on and use to publicise themselves. However, I doubt whether it was that that impressed the voters in Twerton (which is the poorest ward in the city).
These shenanigans may not be unconnected to a public meeting coming up in Bath next Tuesday, where they were due to defend some particularly unpopular decisions. I would now expect to hear some policy u-turns at that.