spotUK Towns and cities


All keywords


UK Towns and cities keywords:

Andover (4)

Anglesey (5)

Ascot (3)

Ashford (6)

Aylesbury (6)

Bangor (17)

Barking & Dagenham (22)

Barking (62)

Barnet (10)

Barnsley (35)

Barnstaple (3)

Barrow-in-Furness (1)

Barton Moss (3)

Basildon (38)

Basingstoke (11)

Bath (6)

Belfast (89)

Berkshire (4)

Bermondsey (5)

Birkenhead (61)

Birmingham (372)

Blackburn (4)

Bolsover (13)

Bolton (39)

Bracknell (20)

Bradford (105)

Brent (13)

Bridgend (16)

Brighton (191)

Bristol (351)

Britain (828)

Brixton (20)

Bromley (55)

Burnley (7)

Burston (5)

Burton-on-trent (2)

Bury (16)

Caerphilly (74)

Cambridge (24)

Camden (57)

Canterbury (4)

Cardiff (396)

Carillion (23)

Carlisle (77)

Carmarthen (8)

Carmarthenshire (19)

Chatham (4)

Cheltenham (7)

Cheshire & Cardiff (1)

Cheshire (22)

Cheshire and Cardiff (1)

Chesterfield (84)

Chichester (2)

Clay Cross (5)

Cleethorpes (3)

Cornwall (18)

Coventry (352)

Crawley (2)

Crewe (4)

Croydon (7)

Cumbria (28)

Dagenham (64)

Darlington (19)

Daventry (2)

Deptford (15)

Derby (157)

Derbyshire (57)

Derry (6)

Devon (50)

Dewsbury (15)

Doncaster (110)

Dorset (6)

Dover (8)

Dudley (5)

Dunchurch (1)

Dundee (51)

Durham (29)

Ealing (15)

East London (202)

East Midlands (40)

Eastbourne (4)

Eastern (5)

Eastern region (2)

Eastleigh (10)

Edinburgh (23)

Enfield (32)

Essex (18)

Exeter (44)

Falkirk (12)

Fawley (9)

Fleetwood (8)

Folkestone (12)

Forest of Dean (6)

Fylde (3)

Gateshead (47)

Gillingham (8)

Glasgow (154)

Gloucester (43)

Gloucestershire (34)

Grangemouth (18)

Grantham (8)

Greater Manchester (14)

Greenwich (149)

Grimsby (22)

Hackney (360)

Halifax (56)

Hampshire (33)

Haringey (61)

Harlow (4)

Harrogate (49)

Harrow (3)

Hartlepool (2)

Hastings (15)

Hatfield (15)

Havant (2)

Hereford (3)

Hertfordshire (8)

Hillingdon (43)

Hinckley (6)

Horsforth (12)

Hove (11)

Hull (98)

Huntingdon (17)

Ipswich (10)

Isle of Man (4)

Isle of Wight (16)

Islington (190)

Jarrow (101)

Jersey (1)

Keele (3)

Kenilworth (1)

Kent (51)

Kidderminster (6)

Kilmarnock (1)

Kingston (30)

Kirklees (46)

Knowsley (20)

Lambeth (166)

Lanarkshire (7)

Lancashire (30)

Lancaster (5)

Leamington (3)

Leeds (509)

Leicester (265)

Lewisham (243)

Leytonstone (14)

Lincoln (73)

Lincolnshire (19)

Liverpool (508)

Llandeilo (1)

Llandudno (2)

Llanelli (104)

Llanwern (2)

London (2342)

Luton (14)

Lutterworth (1)

Maltby (4)

Malvern (2)

Manchester (487)

Mansfield (80)

Merseyside (102)

Merthyr (20)

Middlesbrough (26)

Midlands (35)

Milton Keynes (5)

Morecambe (3)

Neath (14)

Neath Port Talbot (2)

Newcastle (108)

Newcastle-under-Lyme (3)

Newham (70)

Newport (54)

North London (18)

North Shields (5)

North Staffs (7)

North West (45)

North Yorkshire (15)

North-west (10)

Northallerton (2)

Northampton (24)

Northumbria (16)

Norwich (4)

Nottingham (114)

Nottinghamshire (30)

Nuneaton (35)

Oaxaca (5)

Oldham (7)

Oxford (34)

Oxfordshire (6)

Penzance (1)

Peterborough (21)

Plymouth (59)

Pontefract (22)

Pontypridd (10)

Poole (2)

Poplar (9)

Port Talbot (35)

Portsmouth (79)

Powys (1)

Preston (24)

Reading (46)

Redditch (6)

Rhondda (25)

Rhondda Cynon Taff (2)

Riots (47)

Rochdale (13)

Rotherham (49)

Rugby (10)

Runcorn (11)

Salford (311)

Scunthorpe (10)

Selby (7)

Sheffield (268)

Shirebrook (7)

Shrewsbury (21)

Shropshire (10)

Somerset (18)

South East (29)

South London (45)

South Shields (2)

South Wales (49)

South West (24)

South West Wales (3)

South Yorkshire (30)

Southall (2)

Southampton (260)

Southwark (94)

Spelthorne (10)

St Helens (13)

Stafford (8)

Staffordshire (12)

Staines (22)

Stevenage (37)

Stockton (3)

Stoke (112)

Stoke-on-Trent (12)

Stroud (22)

Suffolk (5)

Sunderland (13)

Surrey (61)

Sussex (49)

Swansea (421)

Swindon (11)

Tameside (2)

Teesside (58)

Tolpuddle (13)

Torbay (13)

Tottenham (24)

Tower Hamlets (108)

Tunbridge Wells (2)

Tupe (7)

Tyne & Wear (3)

Tyne and Wear (19)

Tyneside (33)

Wakefield (86)

Wales (449)

Wallasey (1)

Walsall (4)

Waltham Forest (336)

Walthamstow (98)

Warrington (72)

Warwickshire (10)

Watford (1)

Wellingborough (1)

West London (80)

West Midlands (27)

Westminster (34)

Whittlesey (1)

Widnes (2)

Wigan (19)

Wilmslow (1)

Wiltshire (5)

Winchester (9)

Wirral (76)

Wolverhampton (13)

Woolwich (14)

Worcester (41)

Worcestershire (31)

Wrexham (11)

Wythenshawe (10)

Yeovil (1)

York (106)

Yorkshire (210)

Coventry


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 708, 7 March 2012: 28 March: Strike back against the Con-Dems

Search site for keywords: Coventry - Council - Dave Nellist - Cuts

Thanks, but no thanks!

Coventry council's Labour leader John Mutton invited Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist to become the city's deputy Lord Mayor in May, which would normally lead on to the position of Lord Mayor in 2013. In this letter Dave explains why he said: "Thanks but no thanks."

Dear John,

I have taken soundings from a number of local people, and other Socialist Party supporters, and I don't feel, at this time, able to accept.

I appreciate the honour of the ceremonial role and the greater contact over two years, with people young and old, in the city. I would enjoy mayoral visits to everyone from schools to care homes, celebrating with local people. I would take seriously being the voice of sympathy for the city in commiserating with those who have suffered loss.

Some of your colleagues urged me to accept, saying I could bring a radical edge... to the job of Lord Mayor. And I have been tempted.

The first thing I thought I could have done, for example, would have been to invite all those in the queue for food parcels on a Sunday morning by the Swanswell to eat at the expense of the Lord Mayor's hospitality budget that day (and pay for it by cancelling all the normal municipal dinners and attendances at other Lord Mayor's dos across the region).

You see, I think we urgently need to review the council's role and responsibility in the matter of dealing with growing austerity, not leave it to the generosity of individuals or of faith organisations.

But... it's the limitations that worry me, and tip the balance. Since Labour changed Coventry council's constitution ten years ago the Lord Mayor is required, when votes in council meetings are tied, to exercise their casting vote for the majority party (which at the moment would require me to support your programme, and could mean me being obliged to vote for cuts).

The terms of the posts of deputy Lord Mayor and Lord Mayor require political neutrality, and would force me (at the moment the only consistent critic in the chamber against the adoption of the government's austerity plan) to be silent for two years whilst those cuts are inflicted. I could not in all conscience do that.

For that overriding reason I have decided to decline your offer to propose me as deputy Lord Mayor for 2012/13 [...] Once again, thank you for the invitation.

Councillor Dave Nellist

PS. The Coventry Telegraph commented: "It is not the first time Councillor Nellist has chosen principle over personal privilege. As an MP he refused to accept more than the average worker's wage - considerably less than the salary to which he was entitled."







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999