At the meeting of the full Cheshire East Council in Macclesfield on Thursday 19th October, in what was at times a heated and passionate debate, the majority of the Tories on the Council voted to reject a call from the Labour Group, supported by many Independent Councillors, for the creation of a Cabinet of Unity.
The Labour Group and most of the Independents offered to work with those Tories untouched by the seemingly never-ending series of scandals, suspensions and police investigations at Cheshire East Council in a cross-party 'Cabinet of Unity' to work to restore the Council's badly damaged reputation. This offer was rejected, despite several experienced Tory Councillors voicing their concerns about the current situation.
Cllr Nick Mannion, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield West & Ivy, who formally proposed the motion, said, “Whilst, turkeys were never likely to vote for Christmas, the sad fact was that Tory after Tory who spoke in the debate never offered a single word of apology to the residents, hard-working loyal Council staff or businesses of Cheshire East for the desperate situation the Council finds itself in, two years into their shambolic administration.'
Cllr Sam Corcoran said, “The big message I get on the streets is for politicians to stop squabbling and work together. That’s what we offered in this proposal. Taking on any Cabinet role is a poisoned chalice at the moment and one Conservative Cabinet member stepped down to protect his own reputation. By contrast there are Labour and Independent councillors who are willing to risk their own reputations in order to protect the Council’s reputation.”