Recap: Annual Meeting of Medway Council

This week saw the first Medway Council meeting following our recent local elections. While not a regular full council meeting with all of the bells and whistles, this one saw the election of a new mayor and deputy, a selection for leader of the council, and a couple of other bits. Keevil went along to cover the proceedings, and you can find the highlights below.

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Live results from #MedwayElects19

The polls have closed in Medway’s local elections, and we are settled in at Medway Park. We’ll be bringing you the results as they come in throughout the night.

For up to the minute coverage, we recommend you follow us on Twitter. The latest tweets are embedded below, but if you click through to Twitter where you can see everything.

Results will start trickling in sometime after midnight, with final results due sometime around 7am. It’ll be a long night, so feel free to buy us a coffee.

Live results (55 seats of 55 declared / 28 needed for a majority)
Conservative: 33 seats (-3)

Labour: 20 seats (+5)
Independents: 2 seats (+2)
UKIP: 0 seats (-4)
Liberal Democrats: 0 seats (-)
Green: 0 seats (-)
Christian People’s Alliance: 0 seats (-)
Animal Welfare Party: 0 seats (-)

Councillors elected by ward
Cuxton and Halling – Matt Fearn (Con)
Rainham North – Kirstine Carr (Con), Martin Potter (Con)
Hempstead and Wigmore – Diane Chambers (Con), Rodney Chambers (Con)
Rochester East – Nick Bowler (Lab), Teresa Murray (Lab)
Princes Park – Tashi Bhutia (Con), Gloria Opara (Con)
Twydall – Hazel Browne (Lab), John Lloyd (Lab), Mark Prenter (Lab)
River – Habib Tejan (Con), Piers Thompson (Con)
Luton and Wayfield: Simon Curry (Lab), Joanne Howcroft-Scott (Lab), Tristan Osborne (Lab)
Lordswood and Capstone: Alan Jarrett (Con), David Wildey (Con)
Watling: Wendy Purdy (Con), Chrissy Stamp (Lab)
Rochester West: Alex Paterson (Lab), Stuart Tranter (Con)
Walderslade: David Brake (Con), Adrian Gulvin (Con)
Gillingham North: Pat Cooper (Lab), Adam Price (Lab), Andy Stamp (Lab)
Chatham Central: Siju Adeoye (Lab), Harinder Mahil (Lab), Vince Maple (Lab)
Rochester South and Horsted: Trevor Clarke (Con), Sylvia Griffin (Con), Rupert Turpin (Con)
Strood Rural: Gary Etheridge (Con), Elizabeth Turpin (Con), John Williams (Con)
Strood North: Jane Chitty (Con), Stephen Hubbard (Lab), Steve Iles (Con)
Peninsula: Phil Filmer (Con), Mick Pendergast (Ind), Ron Sands (Ind)
Gillingham South: Clive Johnson (Lab), Naushabah Khan (Lab), Dan McDonald (Lab)
Strood South: Chris Buckwell (Con), Josie Iles (Con), Richard Thorne (Con)
Rainham South: Roger Barrett (Con), Howard Doe (Con), Gary Hackwell (Con)
Rainham Central: Nurat Ahmed (Con), Jan Aldous (Con), Barry Kemp (Con)

Recap: The final full Medway Council meeting before #MedwayElects19

Last night saw the very last full Medway Council meeting of the current term, before Medway votes in local elections next week. It was a long, rollercoaster of a meeting, with moments of cross-party unity, and also some of the more vicious exchanges we’ve seen in a while. If you didn’t feel like coming along to the St. George’s Centre for all six hours of proceedings, we’ve got you covered here with the highlights from our live tweeting last night.

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Recap: #MedwayDebates19

Last night, The Political Medway held our first live event, a debate between the future leaders of Medway Council as we approach the local elections. We were delighted to have Cllr Jarrett of Medway Conservatives and Cllr Maple from Medway Labour both came and set out their vision for Medway in front of an audience of approximately 200 people at Midkent College.

If you couldn’t make it along, you can catch up on all of the action from the evening below through medium of tweets:

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Recap: The final Cabinet of term

Medway Council Cabinet meetings are where the majority of important decisions are made. With the Conservatives holding a majority on the council, the decisions taken at Cabinet become de facto council policy.

Rather unhelpfully, Cabinet meetings are held at 3pm on a Tuesday afternoon, and while these are in principle public meetings, they are incredibly difficult for the public to attend if they have basic things like, you know, a job.

We’ve tried to cover them when we can, but it’s been fairly few and far between. We can only afford to cover these meetings if our costs in doing so are covered. Last month, via our Ko-fi page, you called our bluff and put enough in the pot to send Jennings down to live tweet the final Cabinet meeting of the current administration.

Highlights of the meeting are below, and honestly, we use the term loosely:

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Medway Council Budget Smackdown ’16

Last night, Medway Council held it’s annual budget meeting, which aims to set out the council’s spending for the coming year. Not usually the most exciting affair, this year’s meeting managed to feature a lot of anger about bulky waste, an official investigation possibly being triggered by one of our blog posts, and an interesting revelation about the Leader of Medway Council and Sandra Bullock.
If you missed the full excitement of the meeting, you can catch up via this handy Storify collection: