No sign of coalition in Worthing

LIB DEMS fear government power-sharing at national level is not happening locally.

They complained after the ruling Conservative party on Worthing Borough Council refused to let them fill the vice-chair’s seat on an important committee.

The Lib Dems put forward councillor Michael Donin as a candidate for the overview and scrutiny committee, but he was cast aside in favour of Tory councillor Kevin Skepper.

While the Conservatives and Lib Dems had formed a coalition in Parliament, there was little love lost between the parties in the Town Hall debating chamber.

Lib Dem coun Bob Smytherman said: “I was particularly disappointed that once again we find ourselves in the position where the colour of your rosette or tie actually makes a difference.”

Paul Yallop, Tory leader of the council, said: “I have to disagree that there has been no co-operation.”

He said Lib Dems had chaired working parties on allotments, fuel poverty and planning enforcement.

Councillor James Doyle pointed out that when the Lib Dems were in control, Conservative Keith Mercer was appointed chairman of overview and scrutiny.