York Conservatives' new chief Chris Steward relishing the challenge

Chris Steward

Chris Steward

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With the election clock ticking, York’s Conservatives have a new man in charge. He tells political reporter MARK STEAD he wants to lead a party which listens.

CHRIS Steward says he loves a challenge. It may be just as well. Less than three years since becoming a councillor, the 34-year-old has taken leadership of City of York Council’s Conservative group with less than 18 months to go to the local elections.

The Rural West councillor doesn’t lack confidence, though.

“I’m clear on the challenge of changing control of the council and the way it’s run,” he says. “And I’m relishing it.”

The York-born stockbroker, whose predecessor, Coun Ian Gillies, will be the 2014/15 Lord Mayor, is scathing of Labour’s record, but knows attacks alone won’t defeat them.

“Labour is incredibly unpopular and has made many decisions we wouldn’t have taken – cutting basic services, increasing council tax for political reasons and needlessly interfering over things like Lendal Bridge and Union Terrace,” he says.

“But it’s not enough. We have to show why people should vote for us. Our group works very hard and has the expertise to run the council properly. Where we possibly haven’t done so well is in getting our message across. We’re the only effective opposition to the Local Plan, we’d have kept council tax low, and we’d put people at the forefront of our decision-making.

“We want to be seen as the true opposition, the party which can deliver the change other parties can’t.”

Coun Steward claims Labour have been deaf to residents’ wishes, while his party will listen. “22,000 people opposed Union Terrace’s sale,” he says. “Yet the only reason we didn’t lose a city asset is because York St John University pulled out.

“Listening to people then, and on other things, would have been right. Labour haven’t been prepared to do that. It would help them to ask themselves whether they can be right and the rest of the world can be wrong.”

He believes Labour have “done good things” on bus improvements, but schemes like the Lendal Bridge trial – which the Tories would scrap – symbolise an “anti-car administration”.

“York has major transport and congestion issues, but we need to use the carrot not the stick and incentivise public transport, not tell drivers ‘if you want to use your car, we’ll make it difficult for you or tax you’.”

City-wide 20mph limits are “pointless”, he says, using up money which could fix roads. “We wouldn’t increase speeds again on roads which were already 20mph as I don’t think people living on them would want that, but we wouldn’t roll out 20mph further unless there’s evidence communities want it.”

York’s economic and transport-funding links, he believes, should lie primarily with North Yorkshire, not West Yorkshire, authorities – “It’s hard to see the outer ring road being a priority for West Yorkshire” – and he says building 1,100 homes a year through York’s Local Plan is too much. The Tories prefer 750.

“We support jobs and hundreds of new homes a year, but the extent of the development proposed is not viable.”

He’s new to political leadership, but Coun Steward knows what to expect if the flak flies.

It flew last year when he said the UK didn’t need food banks and people shouldn’t donate to them. He admits writing “a rather stupid email” but maintains his point was that British poverty is not on the scale seen elsewhere in the world.

“However, York undoubtedly has relative poverty, people are suffering, and we must address that.”

So, what does he expect next May? “Our aim, like every party, is a majority. After that, it’s about being the largest party, in a position to lead from the front.

“Labour talk about making tough decisions, but most of their decisions aren’t tough, just wrong. A Conservative council would deliver the basic services people expect it to deliver, support vulnerable people, ensure York’s local economy is in a strong position – and not do many of the things Labour have done.”

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9:30am Mon 27 Jan 14

The Great Buda says...

I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.
I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank. The Great Buda
  • Score: 24

9:49am Mon 27 Jan 14

courier46 says...

Well thanks to there non listening attitude, Alexander,Merrett and gang, are losing 3 votes from my household but it will not be going to the conservatives.
Well thanks to there non listening attitude, Alexander,Merrett and gang, are losing 3 votes from my household but it will not be going to the conservatives. courier46
  • Score: 4

10:05am Mon 27 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

courier46 wrote:
Well thanks to there non listening attitude, Alexander,Merrett and gang, are losing 3 votes from my household but it will not be going to the conservatives.
Where will it be going then. ??
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Well thanks to there non listening attitude, Alexander,Merrett and gang, are losing 3 votes from my household but it will not be going to the conservatives.[/p][/quote]Where will it be going then. ?? smudge2
  • Score: -2

10:08am Mon 27 Jan 14

eeoodares says...

What, a government listening to its voters? Do not let Labour hear you, they will think it is a revolution!
What, a government listening to its voters? Do not let Labour hear you, they will think it is a revolution! eeoodares
  • Score: -6

10:22am Mon 27 Jan 14

powerwatt says...

eeoodares wrote:
What, a government listening to its voters? Do not let Labour hear you, they will think it is a revolution!
Will we get sent to the tower for such comments?
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: What, a government listening to its voters? Do not let Labour hear you, they will think it is a revolution![/p][/quote]Will we get sent to the tower for such comments? powerwatt
  • Score: 9

10:22am Mon 27 Jan 14

meme says...

Perhaps its time they had a go as the rest have never listened to s so they may
The Cons have not done a bad job of getting the main UK economy back on track......Ok there are losers and that's sad but that's to be expected given the state the economy was left in by Labour and its getting better. Eventually it will improve for all of us.
I think I will give them a go as I will never again vote Labour in York until they prove they are prepared to listen to the people and not plough on with blindly driven ideological schemes when the public patently don't want them.
labour scare me as they seem to have forgotten to listen to the people who voted them in. The Libs had their chance and blew it so its logical to try another alternative. what worries me is how council employees in departments who are so aligned with Labours views would work with people like cons and Lib Dems?
However if Cons are as bad where do we go from there?
Perhaps its time they had a go as the rest have never listened to s so they may The Cons have not done a bad job of getting the main UK economy back on track......Ok there are losers and that's sad but that's to be expected given the state the economy was left in by Labour and its getting better. Eventually it will improve for all of us. I think I will give them a go as I will never again vote Labour in York until they prove they are prepared to listen to the people and not plough on with blindly driven ideological schemes when the public patently don't want them. labour scare me as they seem to have forgotten to listen to the people who voted them in. The Libs had their chance and blew it so its logical to try another alternative. what worries me is how council employees in departments who are so aligned with Labours views would work with people like cons and Lib Dems? However if Cons are as bad where do we go from there? meme
  • Score: -5

10:40am Mon 27 Jan 14

eeoodares says...

meme wrote:
Perhaps its time they had a go as the rest have never listened to s so they may
The Cons have not done a bad job of getting the main UK economy back on track......Ok there are losers and that's sad but that's to be expected given the state the economy was left in by Labour and its getting better. Eventually it will improve for all of us.
I think I will give them a go as I will never again vote Labour in York until they prove they are prepared to listen to the people and not plough on with blindly driven ideological schemes when the public patently don't want them.
labour scare me as they seem to have forgotten to listen to the people who voted them in. The Libs had their chance and blew it so its logical to try another alternative. what worries me is how council employees in departments who are so aligned with Labours views would work with people like cons and Lib Dems?
However if Cons are as bad where do we go from there?
I do not think any party could be as unrepresentative and dishonest as our current mob. Get them out and keep them out, I really do not think that Labour will ever return to power in York.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Perhaps its time they had a go as the rest have never listened to s so they may The Cons have not done a bad job of getting the main UK economy back on track......Ok there are losers and that's sad but that's to be expected given the state the economy was left in by Labour and its getting better. Eventually it will improve for all of us. I think I will give them a go as I will never again vote Labour in York until they prove they are prepared to listen to the people and not plough on with blindly driven ideological schemes when the public patently don't want them. labour scare me as they seem to have forgotten to listen to the people who voted them in. The Libs had their chance and blew it so its logical to try another alternative. what worries me is how council employees in departments who are so aligned with Labours views would work with people like cons and Lib Dems? However if Cons are as bad where do we go from there?[/p][/quote]I do not think any party could be as unrepresentative and dishonest as our current mob. Get them out and keep them out, I really do not think that Labour will ever return to power in York. eeoodares
  • Score: -3

10:54am Mon 27 Jan 14

ReginaldBiscuit says...

I've absolutely no confidence whatsoever in any local or national politicians. UK politics today is bursting to the seams with classic examples of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Compared to the rest of the world, the UK still isn't a bad place to live although for many years now, atrocious management perpetuated by all flavours of politicians has directly contributed the economic problems of recent years. Seward is an example and is no different to an Alexander or a Galloway. So when the chips are down, do as Ian Duncan Smith does. Laud the banks that nearly destroyed the country, persecute the poor and praise the bankers letting them continue their nefariously unregulated ways whilst retiring senior bankers with 7 figure pensions. The poor dears.

Oh for the ballot paper that has the option pronouncing 'None of the above because I despise every single one of them'. Get my vote every time.

BTW - 80% of private sector job creation since 2010 has been in London and the South East. Your local and national politicians are doing very little to promote job creation elsewhere.
I've absolutely no confidence whatsoever in any local or national politicians. UK politics today is bursting to the seams with classic examples of the Dunning-Kruger effect. Compared to the rest of the world, the UK still isn't a bad place to live although for many years now, atrocious management perpetuated by all flavours of politicians has directly contributed the economic problems of recent years. Seward is an example and is no different to an Alexander or a Galloway. So when the chips are down, do as Ian Duncan Smith does. Laud the banks that nearly destroyed the country, persecute the poor and praise the bankers letting them continue their nefariously unregulated ways whilst retiring senior bankers with 7 figure pensions. The poor dears. Oh for the ballot paper that has the option pronouncing 'None of the above because I despise every single one of them'. Get my vote every time. BTW - 80% of private sector job creation since 2010 has been in London and the South East. Your local and national politicians are doing very little to promote job creation elsewhere. ReginaldBiscuit
  • Score: 5

11:21am Mon 27 Jan 14

inthesticks says...

Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories.
What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now?
How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult?
How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility?
How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own?
Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.
Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories. What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now? How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult? How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility? How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own? Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories. inthesticks
  • Score: -8

12:30pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Priapus says...

inthesticks wrote:
Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories.
What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now?
How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult?
How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility?
How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own?
Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.
Suggest the "real working class Labour voters in York" all get together for a meeting. A phone box would probably provide enough space.
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories. What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now? How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult? How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility? How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own? Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.[/p][/quote]Suggest the "real working class Labour voters in York" all get together for a meeting. A phone box would probably provide enough space. Priapus
  • Score: 0

12:34pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Zetkin says...

If there are Trade Union & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) or Left Unity candidates in my ward, I'll vote for them, otherwise it's likely to be abstention for me this time round.
If there are Trade Union & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) or Left Unity candidates in my ward, I'll vote for them, otherwise it's likely to be abstention for me this time round. Zetkin
  • Score: -7

12:47pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Food bank.
Food bank. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 16

1:08pm Mon 27 Jan 14

courier46 says...

smudge2 wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Well thanks to there non listening attitude, Alexander,Merrett and gang, are losing 3 votes from my household but it will not be going to the conservatives.
Where will it be going then. ??
None of your business troll!
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Well thanks to there non listening attitude, Alexander,Merrett and gang, are losing 3 votes from my household but it will not be going to the conservatives.[/p][/quote]Where will it be going then. ??[/p][/quote]None of your business troll! courier46
  • Score: 8

2:15pm Mon 27 Jan 14

MouseHouse says...

I'm with Zetkin. Vote as far to the left as possible.
I'm with Zetkin. Vote as far to the left as possible. MouseHouse
  • Score: -5

3:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

York Fox says...

inthesticks wrote:
Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories.
What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now?
How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult?
How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility?
How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own?
Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.
As I've said before - no one but a fool should let national politics cloud their local election choice. Look at what the councillor plans to do for your area, and your city, not what national politicians do, or stand for. A councillor has nothing to do with the national politics of class.

It's a council election. Vote for who will do best for your local area. Ignore your blind following of any party for ideological reasons.
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories. What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now? How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult? How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility? How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own? Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.[/p][/quote]As I've said before - no one but a fool should let national politics cloud their local election choice. Look at what the councillor plans to do for your area, and your city, not what national politicians do, or stand for. A councillor has nothing to do with the national politics of class. It's a council election. Vote for who will do best for your local area. Ignore your blind following of any party for ideological reasons. York Fox
  • Score: 10

3:50pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Can't all be wrong says...

York Fox wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories.
What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now?
How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult?
How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility?
How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own?
Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.
As I've said before - no one but a fool should let national politics cloud their local election choice. Look at what the councillor plans to do for your area, and your city, not what national politicians do, or stand for. A councillor has nothing to do with the national politics of class.

It's a council election. Vote for who will do best for your local area. Ignore your blind following of any party for ideological reasons.
Couldn't agree more. The blind commitment to a single political party is what has created this rediculas council, their attempts to blame everything negative on national government policies is demeaning and for the most part simply untrue. Bad house keeping is bad house keeping regardless of central government.
Vote for the man or woman who will serve the community, not for the political badge on their lapel.
[quote][p][bold]York Fox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories. What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now? How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult? How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility? How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own? Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.[/p][/quote]As I've said before - no one but a fool should let national politics cloud their local election choice. Look at what the councillor plans to do for your area, and your city, not what national politicians do, or stand for. A councillor has nothing to do with the national politics of class. It's a council election. Vote for who will do best for your local area. Ignore your blind following of any party for ideological reasons.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. The blind commitment to a single political party is what has created this rediculas council, their attempts to blame everything negative on national government policies is demeaning and for the most part simply untrue. Bad house keeping is bad house keeping regardless of central government. Vote for the man or woman who will serve the community, not for the political badge on their lapel. Can't all be wrong
  • Score: 14

6:32pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Abstemious says...

York Fox wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories.
What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now?
How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult?
How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility?
How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own?
Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.
As I've said before - no one but a fool should let national politics cloud their local election choice. Look at what the councillor plans to do for your area, and your city, not what national politicians do, or stand for. A councillor has nothing to do with the national politics of class.

It's a council election. Vote for who will do best for your local area. Ignore your blind following of any party for ideological reasons.
Couldn't disagree more. I'm not a traditional Labour voter but I voted for Brian Watson last time around, purely on the basis that I thought he was an honest, down to earth person.
What happened? Labour got in and Mr Watson just became voting fodder for the "leaders" who couldn't give a s**t about York and the people who live here. They have ambitions elsewhere.
Don't know who I'll vote for next but it won't be a party led by Alexander, Steward, Galloway or anyone else who looks like they enjoy expense account eating while the rest of us pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]York Fox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories. What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now? How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult? How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility? How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own? Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.[/p][/quote]As I've said before - no one but a fool should let national politics cloud their local election choice. Look at what the councillor plans to do for your area, and your city, not what national politicians do, or stand for. A councillor has nothing to do with the national politics of class. It's a council election. Vote for who will do best for your local area. Ignore your blind following of any party for ideological reasons.[/p][/quote]Couldn't disagree more. I'm not a traditional Labour voter but I voted for Brian Watson last time around, purely on the basis that I thought he was an honest, down to earth person. What happened? Labour got in and Mr Watson just became voting fodder for the "leaders" who couldn't give a s**t about York and the people who live here. They have ambitions elsewhere. Don't know who I'll vote for next but it won't be a party led by Alexander, Steward, Galloway or anyone else who looks like they enjoy expense account eating while the rest of us pay for it. Abstemious
  • Score: -7

7:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

pedalling paul says...

Like Eric Pickles, some local Councillors might benefit from more than a little bike riding..............
Like Eric Pickles, some local Councillors might benefit from more than a little bike riding.............. pedalling paul
  • Score: 2

9:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Silver says...

The Great Buda wrote:
I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.
You beat me to it. If he can't spend a single day keeping his word and accepting a mistake Why should we trust him? If he wants to convince those of us betrayed by Labour's mismanagement that we "could" go against the grain he needs to show that he's a human being, instead I think he's currently just JA in a different suit. Also why have The Press caps locked his first name? Does anyone call him CHRIS Steward? Sounds like they shout it out loud
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.[/p][/quote]You beat me to it. If he can't spend a single day keeping his word and accepting a mistake Why should we trust him? If he wants to convince those of us betrayed by Labour's mismanagement that we "could" go against the grain he needs to show that he's a human being, instead I think he's currently just JA in a different suit. Also why have The Press caps locked his first name? Does anyone call him CHRIS Steward? Sounds like they shout it out loud Silver
  • Score: 4

2:57am Tue 28 Jan 14

marvell says...

Amazing - Chris Steward seems to have stolen every point of his "manifesto" from a Lib Dem Focus leaflet that was posted through my door last November.

Any original thoughts or policies of your own Chris?
Amazing - Chris Steward seems to have stolen every point of his "manifesto" from a Lib Dem Focus leaflet that was posted through my door last November. Any original thoughts or policies of your own Chris? marvell
  • Score: 1

9:58am Tue 28 Jan 14

Micklegate says...

marvell wrote:
Amazing - Chris Steward seems to have stolen every point of his "manifesto" from a Lib Dem Focus leaflet that was posted through my door last November.

Any original thoughts or policies of your own Chris?
I don't know which article you are reading (I am reading the one about a new leader elected well over a year from an election and certainly not therefore a manifesto) or which Lib Dem leaflet you received (I can't remember when i last had one!). Given the appauling nature of the Labour council there are bound to be things the Conservatives and Lib Dems agree on, but I generally find the Conservatives lead on most things and the Lib Dems only follow when they see what is popular.
[quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: Amazing - Chris Steward seems to have stolen every point of his "manifesto" from a Lib Dem Focus leaflet that was posted through my door last November. Any original thoughts or policies of your own Chris?[/p][/quote]I don't know which article you are reading (I am reading the one about a new leader elected well over a year from an election and certainly not therefore a manifesto) or which Lib Dem leaflet you received (I can't remember when i last had one!). Given the appauling nature of the Labour council there are bound to be things the Conservatives and Lib Dems agree on, but I generally find the Conservatives lead on most things and the Lib Dems only follow when they see what is popular. Micklegate
  • Score: 0

10:22am Tue 28 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

inthesticks wrote:
Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories. What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now? How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult? How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility? How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own? Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.
Are you some 70's union throwback??

…. How pathetically stubborn..
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: Look what you`ve done JA, TSL, SC and DM. With your stupidity and inability to listen to the public, you have handed an advantage to the Tories. What option do real working class Labour voters in York have now? How can we vote for you lot again when you waste money yet increase our council tax and close roads that make our lives more difficult? How can we vote for LibDums who made just as much of a hash of it as you last time and who are so mind-numbingly impotent in the coalition government that they have lost all credibility? How can we vote against our beliefs and allow Conservatives to govern in York when they are so blase with the poor standard of living inflicted on the working class and the cuts aimed at disabled and unfortunate whilst they look after their own? Do us a favour SC, DM and TSL stand down and allow real Labour a chance in York. If you don`t then you are handing over the running of the council to the Tories.[/p][/quote]Are you some 70's union throwback?? …. How pathetically stubborn.. YorkPatrol
  • Score: 2

12:46pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Chris Steward says...

The Great Buda wrote:
I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.
I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange. However I may be wrong - when one stupid email I sent led to me receiving numerous tweets, phonecalls and emails detailing how exactly they wanted me to die, it wasn't my finest month. When I made my comments there was only one foodbank in York and that had no staffing issues and when I spoke to them they said without being officially registered I could not even speak to their clients - that certainly was something I was keen to do. To work the day therefore would have put them out far more than me. If a foodbank wants me to work a shift I am happy to, but with all the abuse I have had I would rather not bring the issue to the media forray and certainly if I went to work at one I would not want more publicity.
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.[/p][/quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange. However I may be wrong - when one stupid email I sent led to me receiving numerous tweets, phonecalls and emails detailing how exactly they wanted me to die, it wasn't my finest month. When I made my comments there was only one foodbank in York and that had no staffing issues and when I spoke to them they said without being officially registered I could not even speak to their clients - that certainly was something I was keen to do. To work the day therefore would have put them out far more than me. If a foodbank wants me to work a shift I am happy to, but with all the abuse I have had I would rather not bring the issue to the media forray and certainly if I went to work at one I would not want more publicity. Chris Steward
  • Score: -149

6:00pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Chris Steward wrote:
The Great Buda wrote:
I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.
I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange. However I may be wrong - when one stupid email I sent led to me receiving numerous tweets, phonecalls and emails detailing how exactly they wanted me to die, it wasn't my finest month. When I made my comments there was only one foodbank in York and that had no staffing issues and when I spoke to them they said without being officially registered I could not even speak to their clients - that certainly was something I was keen to do. To work the day therefore would have put them out far more than me. If a foodbank wants me to work a shift I am happy to, but with all the abuse I have had I would rather not bring the issue to the media forray and certainly if I went to work at one I would not want more publicity.
About time you gave York an official position on this, cheers.
[quote][p][bold]Chris Steward[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.[/p][/quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange. However I may be wrong - when one stupid email I sent led to me receiving numerous tweets, phonecalls and emails detailing how exactly they wanted me to die, it wasn't my finest month. When I made my comments there was only one foodbank in York and that had no staffing issues and when I spoke to them they said without being officially registered I could not even speak to their clients - that certainly was something I was keen to do. To work the day therefore would have put them out far more than me. If a foodbank wants me to work a shift I am happy to, but with all the abuse I have had I would rather not bring the issue to the media forray and certainly if I went to work at one I would not want more publicity.[/p][/quote]About time you gave York an official position on this, cheers. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 2

6:04pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Silver says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
Chris Steward wrote:
The Great Buda wrote:
I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.
I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange. However I may be wrong - when one stupid email I sent led to me receiving numerous tweets, phonecalls and emails detailing how exactly they wanted me to die, it wasn't my finest month. When I made my comments there was only one foodbank in York and that had no staffing issues and when I spoke to them they said without being officially registered I could not even speak to their clients - that certainly was something I was keen to do. To work the day therefore would have put them out far more than me. If a foodbank wants me to work a shift I am happy to, but with all the abuse I have had I would rather not bring the issue to the media forray and certainly if I went to work at one I would not want more publicity.
About time you gave York an official position on this, cheers.
It's actually nice to hear a politician say this and then explain how you couldn't take the volunteering role. I wish you well in your future political career especially if you carry on with this approach.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris Steward[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: I note his not kept his very public promise to visit and spend a day working in a food bank.[/p][/quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange. However I may be wrong - when one stupid email I sent led to me receiving numerous tweets, phonecalls and emails detailing how exactly they wanted me to die, it wasn't my finest month. When I made my comments there was only one foodbank in York and that had no staffing issues and when I spoke to them they said without being officially registered I could not even speak to their clients - that certainly was something I was keen to do. To work the day therefore would have put them out far more than me. If a foodbank wants me to work a shift I am happy to, but with all the abuse I have had I would rather not bring the issue to the media forray and certainly if I went to work at one I would not want more publicity.[/p][/quote]About time you gave York an official position on this, cheers.[/p][/quote]It's actually nice to hear a politician say this and then explain how you couldn't take the volunteering role. I wish you well in your future political career especially if you carry on with this approach. Silver
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Took some prodding though didn't it. It wasn't offered.
Took some prodding though didn't it. It wasn't offered. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 3

8:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

And what's more -
{quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange.
There ain't much more "very public" than Twitter. Public is the point of Twitter.

Councillors. There ain't much more than a different coloured cigarette paper between the lot of em.
And what's more - {quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange.[/quote] There ain't much more "very public" than Twitter. Public is the point of Twitter. Councillors. There ain't much more than a different coloured cigarette paper between the lot of em. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 1

9:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

courier46 says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
And what's more -
{quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange.

There ain't much more "very publicIn other words they are all for what they can get and to hell with the rest of us.
I would love to know how many actually really care about the public answers on a postage stamp please.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: And what's more - {quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange.[/quote] There ain't much more "very publicIn other words they are all for what they can get and to hell with the rest of us. I would love to know how many actually really care about the public answers on a postage stamp please. courier46
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Silver says...

courier46 wrote:
Buzzz Light-year wrote:
And what's more -
{quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange.

There ain't much more "very publicIn other words they are all for what they can get and to hell with the rest of us.
I would love to know how many actually really care about the public answers on a postage stamp please.
I can sympathise to that though after all it's got to be embarassing to make a mistake and not be able to publically rectify it. Wasn't supportive of his comment but his explanation seemed very humble to me and if he offered up this information publically then the only lesson he needs now to learn is to make it faster if he does so again.
Not a fan of the man but he has come across better on the comments then previous councillors and hopefully has learnt his lesson.
Doesn't mean I trust him well I'm a labour voter but ugh I have more respect for him now then I do my Labour leaders.....now I need a shower after that confession.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: And what's more - {quote]I don't think 'very public promise' is fair, as far as I am aware I only said it was something I was prepared to do in a twitter exchange.[/quote] There ain't much more "very publicIn other words they are all for what they can get and to hell with the rest of us. I would love to know how many actually really care about the public answers on a postage stamp please.[/p][/quote]I can sympathise to that though after all it's got to be embarassing to make a mistake and not be able to publically rectify it. Wasn't supportive of his comment but his explanation seemed very humble to me and if he offered up this information publically then the only lesson he needs now to learn is to make it faster if he does so again. Not a fan of the man but he has come across better on the comments then previous councillors and hopefully has learnt his lesson. Doesn't mean I trust him well I'm a labour voter but ugh I have more respect for him now then I do my Labour leaders.....now I need a shower after that confession. Silver
  • Score: 0

11:02pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Yorkie-Clifton says...

As an ex officer of the York Conservative Party , The Group needs a new push . Ian Gillies is not the person to do this or influence this . I know from experience . I remember the days of Rod Hills . etc . The biggest bully york ever experienced and Merritt was his puppet .
Politics and government in York has slipped sadly . The City Officials run this city and not local elected Councillors . The Councillors even get paid in this day and age .
The saddest experience i have had was that the New Local Leader of York City Council had to go to the Chief Executive for an advance on his salary.
He was supposed to employ the Chief Executive . Sad times . Then the Councillor went even further and tried to sell off Union Terrace Car Park to his ex employer .. Oh Dear .. Best Wishes Chris . Wish i could help .
As an ex officer of the York Conservative Party , The Group needs a new push . Ian Gillies is not the person to do this or influence this . I know from experience . I remember the days of Rod Hills . etc . The biggest bully york ever experienced and Merritt was his puppet . Politics and government in York has slipped sadly . The City Officials run this city and not local elected Councillors . The Councillors even get paid in this day and age . The saddest experience i have had was that the New Local Leader of York City Council had to go to the Chief Executive for an advance on his salary. He was supposed to employ the Chief Executive . Sad times . Then the Councillor went even further and tried to sell off Union Terrace Car Park to his ex employer .. Oh Dear .. Best Wishes Chris . Wish i could help . Yorkie-Clifton
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Wed 29 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Micklegate wrote:
marvell wrote:
Amazing - Chris Steward seems to have stolen every point of his "manifesto" from a Lib Dem Focus leaflet that was posted through my door last November.

Any original thoughts or policies of your own Chris?
I don't know which article you are reading (I am reading the one about a new leader elected well over a year from an election and certainly not therefore a manifesto) or which Lib Dem leaflet you received (I can't remember when i last had one!). Given the appauling nature of the Labour council there are bound to be things the Conservatives and Lib Dems agree on, but I generally find the Conservatives lead on most things and the Lib Dems only follow when they see what is popular.
Appalling.
[quote][p][bold]Micklegate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: Amazing - Chris Steward seems to have stolen every point of his "manifesto" from a Lib Dem Focus leaflet that was posted through my door last November. Any original thoughts or policies of your own Chris?[/p][/quote]I don't know which article you are reading (I am reading the one about a new leader elected well over a year from an election and certainly not therefore a manifesto) or which Lib Dem leaflet you received (I can't remember when i last had one!). Given the appauling nature of the Labour council there are bound to be things the Conservatives and Lib Dems agree on, but I generally find the Conservatives lead on most things and the Lib Dems only follow when they see what is popular.[/p][/quote]Appalling. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 1

9:48pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Yorkie-Clifton says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Like Eric Pickles, some local Councillors might benefit from more than a little bike riding..............
Wow Paul , Very wise words --

I do wish you would persuade your members to use the cycle track on Water End and not Footpath on the other side of road .. PLEASE . Yet the language they use is gutter language .
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Like Eric Pickles, some local Councillors might benefit from more than a little bike riding..............[/p][/quote]Wow Paul , Very wise words -- I do wish you would persuade your members to use the cycle track on Water End and not Footpath on the other side of road .. PLEASE . Yet the language they use is gutter language . Yorkie-Clifton
  • Score: 1

9:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Starboard22 says...

Will he refund my £30… no I think not.
I hope the Monster Raving Loony Party stand in the election, York needs some sanity after these clowns.
Will he refund my £30… no I think not. I hope the Monster Raving Loony Party stand in the election, York needs some sanity after these clowns. Starboard22
  • Score: 0

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