The Labour-led coalition running Scarborough Borough Council is delivering real change, says Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party, while opposition councillors are playing politics trying to depose the council leader.
The CLP has responded to news of a challenge to Cllr Steve Siddons, which he himself called ‘a power grab’ sparked by ‘naked ambition’, with incredulity. Labour and a group of independent councillors took responsibility for running Scarborough Borough Council in May 2019, after an election left no party in overall control.
The CLP echoes Cllr Siddons’s comments that this is no time to manufacture a political crisis. The coalition has been a breath of fresh air for the borough. It is making real progress, with affordable homes for rent, securing inward investment to boost the local economy, and producing a blueprint for the borough based on public consultation. Just this week, a new initiative on homelessness has been announced.
SBC is facing the challenges of Covid-19 while working to strengthen the area’s economy and facilities for a post-pandemic world. The CLP calls on all councillors to back the coalition and allow it to continue this vital work.
The challenge to Cllr Siddons, coming from Cluster of Independent Members and the Yorkshire Coast Independent Alliance, will be voted on at a council meeting on 28 January.
We urge you to contact your SBC councillor to register your objection to this self-serving, destructive and pointless vote of no-confidence and demand that they support Cllr Siddens as Leader.