Councillor Jim Grant to take over from Derique Montaut

JIM Grant has been elected as the new leader of the Swindon Labour group.

At a meeting behind closed doors tonight, the now 17-strong collection of Labour councillors got to elect their new boss following the resignation of the old one.

Retiring leader Derique Montaut was treated to a round of applause before councillors got down to the real business of voting.

Three councillors were vying for the position as leader – Jim Grant (Western), Mark Dempsey (Parks) and Bob Wright (Central).

They were each given five minutes to give a speech before the secret ballot was held.

The breakdown of votes is not known but no candidate received an outright majority and a second round of voting had to be held before Coun Grant was declared the winner.

Coun Grant, of Old Town, is married with two children and works at the police call centre in Trowbridge. He has been a Labour councillor for three years.

Coun Dempsey will be his deputy.

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12:18am Tue 10 May 11

SpeakUp says...

Congratulations Mr Kula. I factual article, devoid of extravagant claims promoting the Labour party. That's better.
Congratulations Mr Kula. I factual article, devoid of extravagant claims promoting the Labour party. That's better. SpeakUp

11:13am Tue 10 May 11

A.Baron-Cohen says...

behind closed doors nominations, hardly a recipe for transparency and trying to connect with your electorate.
Strange way to have local primaries......
behind closed doors nominations, hardly a recipe for transparency and trying to connect with your electorate. Strange way to have local primaries...... A.Baron-Cohen

11:16am Tue 10 May 11

stratton man says...

I have voted for all the mainstream parties over the years.The Advers political coverage is broadly fair and unbiased.Its unpleasent to see a rabid Tory try to bully a good Reporter doing his job.If you dont like whats reported lobby the Council to change its policies.Dont shoot the messenger.
I have voted for all the mainstream parties over the years.The Advers political coverage is broadly fair and unbiased.Its unpleasent to see a rabid Tory try to bully a good Reporter doing his job.If you dont like whats reported lobby the Council to change its policies.Dont shoot the messenger. stratton man

11:26am Tue 10 May 11

I 2 Could B says...

adam kula is a very new reporter at the adver. his pro-labour bias has already been noticed by plenty of people, not all of whom can be dismissed as 'rabid tories'. if you've read his numerous articles about last week's elections and found them 'fair and balanced', i'd say it's likely you're actually a rabid socialist sticking up for your own.
adam kula is a very new reporter at the adver. his pro-labour bias has already been noticed by plenty of people, not all of whom can be dismissed as 'rabid tories'. if you've read his numerous articles about last week's elections and found them 'fair and balanced', i'd say it's likely you're actually a rabid socialist sticking up for your own. I 2 Could B

1:25pm Tue 10 May 11

A.Baron-Cohen says...

I 2 Could B wrote:
adam kula is a very new reporter at the adver. his pro-labour bias has already been noticed by plenty of people, not all of whom can be dismissed as 'rabid tories'. if you've read his numerous articles about last week's elections and found them 'fair and balanced', i'd say it's likely you're actually a rabid socialist sticking up for your own.
put this into prospective......the great majority of newspapers are pro-conservative....
so it is rather refreshing to have a journalist with another view point, surely you/we should be celebrating not moaning about diversity of opinions.....
[quote][p][bold]I 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: adam kula is a very new reporter at the adver. his pro-labour bias has already been noticed by plenty of people, not all of whom can be dismissed as 'rabid tories'. if you've read his numerous articles about last week's elections and found them 'fair and balanced', i'd say it's likely you're actually a rabid socialist sticking up for your own.[/p][/quote]put this into prospective......the great majority of newspapers are pro-conservative.... so it is rather refreshing to have a journalist with another view point, surely you/we should be celebrating not moaning about diversity of opinions..... A.Baron-Cohen

7:02pm Tue 10 May 11

SpeakUp says...

stratton man wrote:
I have voted for all the mainstream parties over the years.The Advers political coverage is broadly fair and unbiased.Its unpleasent to see a rabid Tory try to bully a good Reporter doing his job.If you dont like whats reported lobby the Council to change its policies.Dont shoot the messenger.
Please, stratton man, read the stories posted online on Friday morning. Mr Kula actually stated 'the clear toin this election was Labour'. Clear nonsense and much-criticised, rightly so. I therefore felt it appropriate, in the interests of fairness. to compliment the same journalist when a report he wrote was actually reasonable. Hopefully he'll be encouraged to be rather less astonishing in future too.
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: I have voted for all the mainstream parties over the years.The Advers political coverage is broadly fair and unbiased.Its unpleasent to see a rabid Tory try to bully a good Reporter doing his job.If you dont like whats reported lobby the Council to change its policies.Dont shoot the messenger.[/p][/quote]Please, stratton man, read the stories posted online on Friday morning. Mr Kula actually stated 'the clear toin this election was Labour'. Clear nonsense and much-criticised, rightly so. I therefore felt it appropriate, in the interests of fairness. to compliment the same journalist when a report he wrote was actually reasonable. Hopefully he'll be encouraged to be rather less astonishing in future too. SpeakUp

7:03pm Tue 10 May 11

SpeakUp says...

SpeakUp wrote:
stratton man wrote: I have voted for all the mainstream parties over the years.The Advers political coverage is broadly fair and unbiased.Its unpleasent to see a rabid Tory try to bully a good Reporter doing his job.If you dont like whats reported lobby the Council to change its policies.Dont shoot the messenger.
Please, stratton man, read the stories posted online on Friday morning. Mr Kula actually stated 'the clear toin this election was Labour'. Clear nonsense and much-criticised, rightly so. I therefore felt it appropriate, in the interests of fairness. to compliment the same journalist when a report he wrote was actually reasonable. Hopefully he'll be encouraged to be rather less astonishing in future too.
sorry - "toin" read "winner in"! not sure what happened there!!
[quote][p][bold]SpeakUp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: I have voted for all the mainstream parties over the years.The Advers political coverage is broadly fair and unbiased.Its unpleasent to see a rabid Tory try to bully a good Reporter doing his job.If you dont like whats reported lobby the Council to change its policies.Dont shoot the messenger.[/p][/quote]Please, stratton man, read the stories posted online on Friday morning. Mr Kula actually stated 'the clear toin this election was Labour'. Clear nonsense and much-criticised, rightly so. I therefore felt it appropriate, in the interests of fairness. to compliment the same journalist when a report he wrote was actually reasonable. Hopefully he'll be encouraged to be rather less astonishing in future too.[/p][/quote]sorry - "toin" read "winner in"! not sure what happened there!! SpeakUp

9:02pm Tue 10 May 11

I Too says...

I 2 Could B wrote:
adam kula is a very new reporter at the adver. his pro-labour bias has already been noticed by plenty of people, not all of whom can be dismissed as 'rabid tories'. if you've read his numerous articles about last week's elections and found them 'fair and balanced', i'd say it's likely you're actually a rabid socialist sticking up for your own.
New log in Mr B?
[quote][p][bold]I 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: adam kula is a very new reporter at the adver. his pro-labour bias has already been noticed by plenty of people, not all of whom can be dismissed as 'rabid tories'. if you've read his numerous articles about last week's elections and found them 'fair and balanced', i'd say it's likely you're actually a rabid socialist sticking up for your own.[/p][/quote]New log in Mr B? I Too

9:38pm Tue 10 May 11

itsamess says...

I Too--just after closing time too?
I Too--just after closing time too? itsamess

11:51pm Tue 10 May 11

I Too says...

Ah.
I wasn't thinking of that Mr B
Ah. I wasn't thinking of that Mr B I Too

12:08am Wed 11 May 11

itsamess says...

one and the same person
one and the same person itsamess

7:21am Wed 11 May 11

I Too says...

If the Adver is biased towards Labour why did they highlight Dale Heenan (Conservative), as the councillor calling for stalling the Coate development.

That was in the run up to the local elections.

It was Mark Dempsey (Labour) who initially called for a rejection of the plans
If the Adver is biased towards Labour why did they highlight Dale Heenan (Conservative), as the councillor calling for stalling the Coate development. That was in the run up to the local elections. It was Mark Dempsey (Labour) who initially called for a rejection of the plans I Too

8:17am Wed 11 May 11

I 2 Could B says...

itsamess wrote:
one and the same person
is the adver politically biased as a whole? no, i don't believe so. is adam kula biased as a journalist and in his articles? yes, without any doubt.
[quote][p][bold]itsamess[/bold] wrote: one and the same person[/p][/quote]is the adver politically biased as a whole? no, i don't believe so. is adam kula biased as a journalist and in his articles? yes, without any doubt. I 2 Could B

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