Harlow Labour leader expresses concern over third Tory council leader in eighteen months

News / Mon 15th May 2023 at 06:39am

THE LEADER OF Harlow Labour has expressed grave concerns over the recent resignation of council leader Russell Perrin and the election of councillor Dan Swords.

Councillor Chris Vince said: “The Conservatives took control of the Council in 2021 and almost immediately sacked their leader Andrew Johnson. Senior cabinet members were sacked by their new Leader Russell Perrin or they resigned. Perrin was himself then criticised when he missed important Council meetings in favour of excursions with Harlow’s MP.

Just 4 months ago Perrin’s then deputy, Dan Swords quit saying ‘That is why I am beyond disappointed with the position we (the Conservative administration) are currently in and our direction of travel.’

Now Perrin has resigned, although it’s certain he jumped before he was pushed, Dan Swords is back from his four month post resignation sabbatical to be the third leader in two years and immediately after his installation two senior Conservative cabinet members have resigned.

It’s complete chaos and residents will rightly ask who is directing the Council while the Tories are focused on their internal power struggles.

If the new leader is serious about ‘a change in direction’ he will have to act fast to heal divisions in his own party and finally start delivering on their litany of unfulfilled promises to our town.

“The people of Harlow deserve much better than this”.

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3 Comments for Harlow Labour leader expresses concern over third Tory council leader in eighteen months:

2023-05-15 07:25:30

The people of Harlow deserve better...we all agree to that. Unfortunately, the people of Harlow don't want you or Labour in charge either. Look at the election result. Wake up and smell the coffee!

2023-05-15 07:46:59

Remember the local labour party infighting when the far left Momentum hijacked the party and forced the resignation of several long standing and respected labour councillors! Seems both parties are subject to infighting whilst Harlow residents suffer from their nonsense.

Kim Oconnor
2023-05-15 09:37:47

Why do theses two party's keep on rubbishing one an other. I hope to god we greens never go down this route, it's unnecessary. The biggest problem theses two party's have is not listening to the residents of Harlow. The needs and wants of residents must come first.

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