Today, I have spoken to a possible candidate for Council Leader, Alan Rigby.
Alan talked to Pitsnpots about his hopes and fears for the future of our city.
Alan told me, that it was his personal decision to declare his desire to become a contender for the post of Council Leader. He also said, that he was completely against all party politics. He feels that the EMB has been completely wrong for our city, because it has stitched up the vote before any debate. He felt that the Mayor wanted, and got each party leader on the EMB, so that their party whips, would ensure that any decision that the Mayor wanted was pushed through. Alan says that an example of how the EMB has been detrimental to the city, is to count the number of Press Officers, PR Officers and IT Officers that get the Mayor's message out, he feels that this is a classic case of wasting public money.
He is also suspicious, about the incoming Transition Board, because some members represent ideals that the city has already voted out. Mike Tappin was rejected as an MEP, and as a city councillor. Lloyd Cooke of the Christian Saltbox Centre was a huge supporter of Mike Wolfe and Mark Meredith, and now that the mayoral system has been rejected, Alan feels that to have these two board members is inappropriate. He urged caution, with regard to the Transition Board, because he believes that central government wants to run local politics.
Alan wanted to clear up his alleged support of the BNP, by saying that he detests what the BNP stand for nationally, he believes that untethered immigration has to be stopped, but he believes that any genuine Asylum case should not be refused, especially when there is a danger to lives.
Alan believes that the BNP have some hard working councillors such as Alby & Ellie Walker and Mike Coleman, who he has worked with on several committees.
He was very keen to point out that he is not racist, and that he has many African and Asian friends.
Alan is also against Labour nationally, as he believes they have taken our country into two illegal wars.
Mr Rigby said that the Independents have had to form a group, so that they can access all facets of council life. He wants the Independents to be a group, but each member can vote on any issue how they wish, and that there isn't or never will be a party whip.
Mr Rigby is a man of faith, a lay preacher and he has voted using his Christian beliefs in his time as a councillor, with the Dimensions fiasco and the Moblie Libraries being taken off the road, as examples.
Alan says that too many councillors serve their parties first, and their electorate second in this city, and he is keen that everyone who serves in this cabinet puts the people before the parties every time. He would pick the best people for the cabinet positions, and what party they represent would not come into it, as he would work with any party or individual who would work in the interest of the city.
Alan promised that every issue would be debated in the council chamber and that everyone would have a free vote. He says he wants openness and transparency.
On the emergence of D4S, Alan said that he thought that they had bought the most difficult issues into the public domain and that they had highlighted the need for democracy in our City.
He feels that he has a better than 50-50 chance of becoming the Council Leader.
He told me that a BNP councillor had approached him in the corridors of the civic offices, and told him that he would vote for him if he stood as council leader because he is a man of integrity.
He finished by telling me, that he feels the public may show support for him because he may not be the best or the most experienced, but he is 100% honest and that should be enough to show that he is different to what has gone before.
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