Conservative Chaos Continues !
Over the past several weeks the tensions within Derby Conservatives have boiled over. Their councillors group is tearing itself apart.
The latest argument centres on the Arena which is being used as the main vaccination centre for the Derby area.
WhatsApp conversations between Conservative councillors have been released to the media. They paint a picture of ferrets fighting in a sack. Some councillors show their frustrations with their group leadership, one of whom, Mick Barker (Oakwood), digs in his heels and arrogantly dismisses the concerns of colleagues. He resolutely asserts that the Arena will be used for the election counts, and that the NHS would have to stop vaccinations there for two days.
Fortunately for Derby's residents, Lib Dem and other councillors have intervened since the time of the WhatsApp conversation (18th February). The Conservative-run council has had to back down. The election counts will be at an alternative place. Vaccinations at the Arena will continue uninterrupted.
But in a final twist, the Conservative Leader Chris Poulter would have us all believe that the issue of where to have the count had been sorted out well before this WhatsApp conversation happened! Strange then, that his Deputy, Matt Holmes (Mickleover) had no idea on 18th February that the issue had been sorted out. They obviously don't work well together as a leadership team.