Labour loses committees

ALTHOUGH Labour has retained its grip on the Ipswich Council executive, it's lost control of other important decision-making committees.Crucially it has lost its majority on the scrutiny committee which can "call in" executive decisions and demand they are re-assessed.

ALTHOUGH Labour has retained its grip on the Ipswich Council executive, it's lost control of other important decision-making committees.

Crucially it has lost its majority on the scrutiny committee which can "call in" executive decisions and demand they are re-assessed.

It has six seats on this committee. The Conservatives have five and the Liberal Democrats two - meaning the two opposition parties will be able outvote Labour.

There is the same situation on the licensing and planning committees.


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It is expected that Conservative councillors will chair the scrutiny and licensing committees - and the planning committee may be chaired by a Liberal Democrat.

The scrutiny committee is expected to be chaired by newly-elected Tory councillor Stephen Ion.

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Mr Ion is back on the borough after four years and could be a serious thorn in the side of the Labour executive.

The first to agree its new structure was the development and planning committee which meets today.

Long-serving councillor John Cooper, who quit the Tories to join the Lib Dems, was expected to become the new chairman - which will be a clear sign that things have changed in Civic Centre.

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