Alec Robertson loses his seat: REACTION

With the status quo maintained in Helston and The Lizard for the majority of Cornwall Council seats, there was one notable shock.

Alec Robertson has gone from the leader of Cornwall Council to losing his seat in just over six months.

Conservative Mr Robertson polled 494 votes in Helston North but it was not enough to beat Independent Phil Martin, who took 590 votes to secure the seat, which was really only ever going to be a two horse race.

Mr Robertson was ousted as council leader by secret ballot in October, with 63 votes in favour of the motion to remove him and 49 votes against.

Councillor Bob Egerton, openness and transparency champion, proposed the leader’s removal following his decision to push ahead with the part-privatisation of council services against the wishes of the majority of council members.

There was a mixed reaction to this result from Packet readers commenting online at thepacket.co.uk.

Helston Observer wrote: “A great shame that Alec Robertson did not regain his seat. Party politics aside, he was a councillor of honesty and integrity and he steered Cornwall Council through some very rocky patches.

“I don't know the new man at all, but I hope he's good, because he has some very big shoes to fill in the departure of Alec. Good on you, Alec, thank you for everything you did for Cornwall.”

However, Tyrone Shulace wrote: “Congratulations to Phil Martin, I am sure you know exactly what work is involved without anyone condescendingly telling you. I voted for you, and I am sure you will do a brilliant job alongside Judith Haycock and Andrew Wallis who are also both great councillors.

“There is nothing stopping Alec Robertson still helping the town just because he is no longer a councillor.”

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1:18pm Fri 10 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I personally do not think it was a shock that Alec Robertson lost his seat. Whilst he may have done some good work during his time in office as a Cornwall Councillor, I believe he may have benefitted from a course on how to engage with people, I do not think one can ride roughshod over the majority view of Councillors or the public and then expect support from everyone at voting time.
I personally do not think it was a shock that Alec Robertson lost his seat. Whilst he may have done some good work during his time in office as a Cornwall Councillor, I believe he may have benefitted from a course on how to engage with people, I do not think one can ride roughshod over the majority view of Councillors or the public and then expect support from everyone at voting time. Gillian Zella Martin 09

5:40pm Fri 10 May 13

helztonboy says...

"some good work" !! he saved the council, and us, millions.
Four years ago the Torys took on the new Unitary Council, which they had voted against previously and also took over a black hole in the accounts that the previous administration had left. I believe he and the the CEO did an excellent job and its a shame they are not able to complete the work they started. The BT scheme that has now been adopted saves little compared to the scheme originally proposed and the jobs that would have been secure are now in doubt. I shudder to think at the mess the council will now get us all in.

I for one wish him well in which ever way his career now goes.
"some good work" !! he saved the council, and us, millions. Four years ago the Torys took on the new Unitary Council, which they had voted against previously and also took over a black hole in the accounts that the previous administration had left. I believe he and the the CEO did an excellent job and its a shame they are not able to complete the work they started. The BT scheme that has now been adopted saves little compared to the scheme originally proposed and the jobs that would have been secure are now in doubt. I shudder to think at the mess the council will now get us all in. I for one wish him well in which ever way his career now goes. helztonboy

5:52pm Fri 10 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Actually it was Kevin Lavery that saved Cornwall Council millions I believe. That is what he was employed to do. I am well aware of the state that the district councils were in when the unitary authority was formed in 2009.
The council will not now I doubt get us into "a mess", that appears a rather negative attitude for one that has previously promoted positivity for Helston.
Helston has three Cornwall Councillors as well which will all work hard at a local and county level and strive for success.
Actually it was Kevin Lavery that saved Cornwall Council millions I believe. That is what he was employed to do. I am well aware of the state that the district councils were in when the unitary authority was formed in 2009. The council will not now I doubt get us into "a mess", that appears a rather negative attitude for one that has previously promoted positivity for Helston. Helston has three Cornwall Councillors as well which will all work hard at a local and county level and strive for success. Gillian Zella Martin 09

6:41am Sat 11 May 13

helztonboy says...

I remain positive about Helston and fully support our 3 Cornwall Councillors. My concerns are with County Hall. We need strong leadership to make tough decisions, so far there seems little evidence of that.

I was lead to believe Kevin and Alec worked together on the savings and the leader had to get them through council, Indeed in trying to do so with the BT bid he lost his position,
I remain positive about Helston and fully support our 3 Cornwall Councillors. My concerns are with County Hall. We need strong leadership to make tough decisions, so far there seems little evidence of that. I was lead to believe Kevin and Alec worked together on the savings and the leader had to get them through council, Indeed in trying to do so with the BT bid he lost his position, helztonboy

8:06am Sat 11 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

The full JV had no guarantee of being a success anymore than other joint ventures in other counties have. One of which has ended in a legal wrangle.
Mr Roberston lost his position as leader during a democratic vote of no confidence, this was because he ignored the majority of Councillors opinions including some of his own party members, to be a good leader one cannot ride roughshod over a
majority opinion of Councillors. Some councillors were in turn listening to public opinion, those members of the public who were against the privatisatIon of services, hence the reason over five thousand people signed a petition against it. I read a document which as far as I remember was about 60 pages long which was very enlightening and I can understand exactly why many people were against the full JV.
BT is a profit making company that has share holders to pay there will be no profits to make in the running of council one stop shops or libraries so how long one wonders will all those survive.
Having signed up for the light JV Mr Lavery chose to leave Cornwall Council for pastures new as opposed to remaining to see the joint venture in action, no one made him leave.

It is hardly fair to state that so far there is no sign of strong leadership at County Hall, the council are currently forming an administration which has to happen following an election, and Helstons three Cornwall Councillors are all part of the process. A leader has to be chosen. Once the administration has been established I am sure the whole council will continue to work for the benefit of Cornwall.
The full JV had no guarantee of being a success anymore than other joint ventures in other counties have. One of which has ended in a legal wrangle. Mr Roberston lost his position as leader during a democratic vote of no confidence, this was because he ignored the majority of Councillors opinions including some of his own party members, to be a good leader one cannot ride roughshod over a majority opinion of Councillors. Some councillors were in turn listening to public opinion, those members of the public who were against the privatisatIon of services, hence the reason over five thousand people signed a petition against it. I read a document which as far as I remember was about 60 pages long which was very enlightening and I can understand exactly why many people were against the full JV. BT is a profit making company that has share holders to pay there will be no profits to make in the running of council one stop shops or libraries so how long one wonders will all those survive. Having signed up for the light JV Mr Lavery chose to leave Cornwall Council for pastures new as opposed to remaining to see the joint venture in action, no one made him leave. It is hardly fair to state that so far there is no sign of strong leadership at County Hall, the council are currently forming an administration which has to happen following an election, and Helstons three Cornwall Councillors are all part of the process. A leader has to be chosen. Once the administration has been established I am sure the whole council will continue to work for the benefit of Cornwall. Gillian Zella Martin 09

8:32am Sat 11 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

I agree Gill lets at least give it a chance. The old council was a failed council and left us with a budget that is unworkable. Lets at least give the new council a go.
I agree Gill lets at least give it a chance. The old council was a failed council and left us with a budget that is unworkable. Lets at least give the new council a go. ronedgcumbe

7:55am Wed 15 May 13

Helston Observer says...

Good old Ron, again proving he's got no idea what he's talking about. Of course the old council was not a "failed council", and considering the start it had, I don't think it could have done any better. Millions were saved and it achieved national recognition as a result.
Good old Ron, again proving he's got no idea what he's talking about. Of course the old council was not a "failed council", and considering the start it had, I don't think it could have done any better. Millions were saved and it achieved national recognition as a result. Helston Observer

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