Who are the 20 Pledge Champions and how has Wirral Council’s Cabinet changed?

Who are the 20 Pledge Champions and how has Wirral Council’s Cabinet changed?

Cabinet (Wirral Council) 5th November 2015 Councillor Phil Davies asks Surjit Tour to introduce the report on Cabinet portfolios and Pledge Champions

Who are the 20 Pledge Champions and how has Wirral Council’s Cabinet changed?


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Wirral Council’s Cabinet meeting held on the 5th November 2015

Cabinet (Wirral Council) 5th November 2015 Councillor Phil Davies asks Surjit Tour to introduce the report on Cabinet portfolios and Pledge Champions
Cabinet (Wirral Council) 5th November 2015 Councillor Phil Davies asks Surjit Tour to introduce the report on Cabinet portfolios and Pledge Champions

Yesterday’s Cabinet meeting agreed changes to which area each councillor on the Cabinet covers and some minor changes to how each Cabinet portfolio’s description.

Instead of two Deputy Leaders at Wirral Council (Cllr George Davies and Cllr Ann McLachlan) there will now be only one Deputy Leader (Cllr Ann McLachlan).

You can read a list of the revised roles for each Cabinet portfolio holder on Wirral Council’s website.

I thought it would be useful to explicitly state each Cabinet’s former title and its new title (along with the councillor that now holds that role). Old titles are in italics. New titles are in bold. None of the councillors on the Cabinet have changed.

Councillor Phil Davies Leader of the Council Finance
Leader of the Council Strategic and Policy Oversight

Councillor Ann McLachlan Joint Deputy Leader of the Council Governance, Commissioning and Improvement
Deputy Leader of the Council Transformation and Improvement

Councillor George Davies Joint Deputy Leader of the Council Neighbourhoods, Housing and Engagement
Housing and Communities

Councillor Adrian Jones Support Services
Resources: Finance, Assets and Technology

Councillor Christine Jones Adult Social Care and Public Health
Adult Care and Public Health

Councillor Tony Smith Children and Family Services
Children and Families

Councillor Pat Hackett Economy
Business and Tourism

Councillor Bernie Mooney Environment and Sustainability
Environmental Protection

Councillor Chris Meaden Leisure, Sport and Culture
Leisure and Culture

Councillor Stuart Whittingham Highways and Transport
Transport, Technology Strategy and Infrastructure

In addition to those changes, Cabinet will now meet on Monday mornings at 10.00am starting in 2016.

Also decided were a number of Pledge Champions. The role of each Pledge Champion will be to make sure there is action on a specific pledge in the Wirral Council Plan: a 2020 Vision (formerly called the Corporate Plan).

Twenty councillors (all from the ruling Labour Group) were appointed as Pledge Champions (a role that Cllr Phil Davies pointed out at the Cabinet meeting doesn’t mean these councillors receive increased allowances). A list of who the Pledge Champions are (along with which pledge they are the champion for) was handed out at the Cabinet meeting and is below (but without the bullet points next to each pledge which was on the original). The pledges are in three broad themes of people, business and the environment.


Older People Live Well Irene Williams
Children are ready for school Walter Smith
Young people are ready for work and adulthood Phillip Brightmore
Vulnerable children reach their full potential Treena Johnson
Reduce child and family poverty Angela Davies
People with disabilities live independently Rob Gregson
Zero tolerance to domestic violence Janette Williamson
Greater job opportunities in Wirral Joe Walsh
Workforce skills match business needs Jean Stapleton
Increase inward investment Matthew Patrick
Thriving small businesses Denise Realey
Vibrant Tourism economy Matt Daniel
Transport & Technology infrastructure fit for the future Ron Abbey
Assets and buildings are fit for purpose for Wirral’s businesses Denise Roberts
Leisure and cultural opportunities for all Christine Spriggs
Wirral residents live healthier lives Steve Foulkes
Community services are joined up and accessible Christina Muspratt
Good quality housing that meets the needs of residents Steve Niblock
Wirral’s Neighbourhood are safe Brian Kenny
Attractive local environment for Wirral residents John Salter

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24 thoughts on “Who are the 20 Pledge Champions and how has Wirral Council’s Cabinet changed?”

  1. Bloody Champions! Is there no end to this onslaught of pointless titles that take my mother tongue English and reduce it to a level that only serves to bastardise the original meanings of bloody words.
    Champion my left ********! What a load of bloody tripe. I can just about stomach the notion that some twat is wondering around the Town Hall muttering, ‘I’m the Diversity Champion me’, but to now read theres bloody nineteen others ready, equipped and bursting with pride, about to come tumbling down the conveyor belt of bloody rotten ‘passionate’, ‘outcomes’, ‘journey’ and bloody ‘ visions’, is enough to make my fat face glow with rage.
    There’s no bloody end to it! Only in the deluded world of Public Service is this culture of undiluted shit allowed to continue its life.
    If it were within my power I’d stop it all tomorrow. I’d get these passionate visionary bastards together in a room and tell them bloody straight. ‘No more’, I’d say. ‘Be gone with your pledges and your Champion drivel and tripe and give me what I bloody want, a sincere pledge to stop doing anything that’s associated with a gimmick, a sound bite or some cleverly crafted corporate mission statement that makes me howl, ‘you barstards.’
    And,,,,,if they refused to stop. I’d bloody punish them with some domestic voltage. Yes, I’d ****** them to a chair and ********** them. That’d stop it. It’d stop me and it’d stop most folk who didn’t enjoy getting two hundred and fifty volts coursing through their bodies. You’d be an odd sort if it didn’t make you think twice before shovelling yet another pointless word down the conveyor belt intended to make us all howl, ‘hallelujah. Lord be praised. We’ve a Champion. Now I can sleep without fear and the World is now a much better place.’

  2. G’day John

    You must have had a laugh a minute last night even though the fat slob that is a Guy Foulkes lookalike “Ankles” probably wasn’t there.

    “The Pretend Friend” anything to do with finance is a farce.

    He told “Highbrow” a dozen times that he didn’t understand accounting and couldn’t grasp the fact Wirral “Funny” Bizz knocked off £2,000,000.00.

    “Crisp Packet” with the 1, 2 or was it 3 business plans at £3,000.00 a pop from Wirral “Funny” Bizz that were rubbish for the coastal community centre with no customers.

    The evil wench that thinks she owns an art gallery sneering at ordinary people having zero tolerance on anything is a joke.

    No Clowncillor Crispy Creme Doughnut. ha ha ha

    No “Crapapple”.

    “The Abbott” how will he get to the pub after the Fudge It and Risk It Mismanagement meetings without the “Crapapple” Booze Bus, ha ha transport?

    “Ankles” and health there ‘avin a laugh its like saying “The Shyster” is a half decent law person with his cheap biro and expensive barrista to do his work.

    The kid that is the Vibrant Tourist economist in his cheap fluorescent tee shirt from the pound shop.

    John John John if people just knew what you know.



      1. G’day John

        Couldn’t have been “The Pretend Friend” he would have been having his afternoon nap.

        “Crapapple is illiterate not him.

        “Ankles” would be feeding his fat face.

        Clowncillor Crispy Creme Doughnut” would have been stuck in his hole.

        “Crisp Packet” would have been down his community centre by himself.

        The kid “Danny Door Mat” “The Pretend Friends errrr protege or something would have still been at school.

        John it must have been the vile ugly person who looks down on ordinary people and thinks she owns an art gallery. YUK YUK YUK



          1. G’day John

            Couldn’t have been Ecca he is still hiding under his desk.

            Are you hearing those voices again?

            The decent councillor voices in your next life?



              1. G’day John

                Not the angry little man “He that talk for twenty minutes without breathing or saying anything” who is about to retire wishing you well and thanking you?

                ha ha ha ha


                “The Shyster” with his cheap pen and without his expensive barrista but a million FOI’s under his arm?

                he he he he



                Did it give you nightmares?

                  1. G’day John

                    It would have to have been the angry little man “The Shyster” has too much to hide and he would be paranoid that you would catch him out.

                    Plus the angry little man thinks he didn’t do anything wrong about Wirralgate and Wirral “Funny” Bizz when he was acting……God.

                    Ham comes to mind.



  3. G’day John

    My post was two hours ago and not one thumbs down.

    Oh that’s right they are probably in a Friday free bar.

    They will be talking about the golf course Jack will build in 2050.

    They will be joking about Wirralgate Wirral’s worst kept secret.

    They will be planning sailing or walking on Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters on the weekend.

    They will be talking about Mr and Mrs Wirralbizz in Portugal and how much of the £2,000,000.00 knock off they have left.

    Oh and won’t they be giving “Burger with the lot plus 29 mistakes in 7 seconds, AdderleyDadderlyDooDah, and the Demigog heaps.

    Good job they don’t invite the clownciloressess but then again no self respecting person would drink with this scum.

    Then they will probably take Fartin Lobsterpot to Hooligans Bar to tell him how it really works.



  4. Champions! Twenty of them. It’s bad enough knowing that the Council have some **** walking around, full of himself wearing matching shoes acting like Mr Fancy Pants because they’re the new Diversity Champion. I can deal with that. But knowing another nineteen of the ********* are waiting, ready and equipped to come hurtling off the conveyor belt announcing themselves as Champions is a bitter pill to swallow.
    I mean, why is it that my mother tongue, bloody English, has become so bastardised by these gimmick laden, blue sky thinking, passionate, visionary, I’m on a journey toward a positive outcome public servants have to be labelled as a bloody rotten Champion.
    It’s all so typical of public service nowadays. Corrupt the true meaning of Champion, pin it on the chest of some dead headed, I’ve had a full frontal lobotomy Councillor and we’re expected to howl, ‘hallelujah. Lord be praised. Now we’ve got a new Champion of another area of business we all couldn’t care less about, our lives are complete and we can sleep safely tonight.’
    It’s all a bucket of window dressing sludge and its pointless. It’s value to the Wirral is no more or better than my senile ramblings regarding this culture that’s become obsessive about taking a word like champion, vision or passion and reducing it to a level of worthlessness.
    Champions! My right ********!

  5. G’day John

    6am Saturday and still no thumbs down on my yesterday blog.

    Do you know why John?

    The world has woken up to the fact these idiot councillors are giving themselves the purse strings.

    These buffoons will be so busy selling their souls to their “friends” and “new friends” they haven’t had time to read you John.

    It will be like Wirral “Funny” Bizz all over again.

    They will be so busy giving their 20 pledges of dosh they won’t be able to wait and therefore no contracts will be signed.

    They will be racing each other to give money away and big themselves up.

    “The Shysters” gang will be too busy doing FOI’s they won’t have time to check if a contract is signed.

    The useless auditors will be told to mind their own business as usual and they will.

    Like Lockwood/Harbac the punter will have gone kaput before the start date.



    All over again.

    You watch history repeat itself John.



    Ecca save yourself now and get rid of the trash.

    Or, just move on in disgrace like Wilkie, Norman, Burgess and every woman’s stinking ashtray AdderleyDadderlyDooDah.

  6. G’day John

    The purple headed thumbs downers have got their fat lazy arses out of bed at last with hangovers from all the freebies by all the people that want the council tax money these idiots are going to agree to give away.

    Get down there John it will be gone long before the due date.

    No contracts.

    No guarantees.

    I bet people are spending it already.

    Deals done in the cheap cider club of “The Pretend Friend”.

    Hooligans Bar will be serving shampoo.

    They’ll be around “Ankles” like blowies at an Ozzy bbq.



    Get the idiotic tories to get you some money for new equipment John I am sure they will have some via Wirralgate.

  7. G’day John

    Get into them mate, not necessarily the tories, if those illiterate innumerate idiots down Campbelltown Road Wirral “Funny” Bizz got them for £2,000,000.00 a genius like you…..the sky’s the limit.

    Just give them some claptrap of building your Murdoch..est business on Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters.

    They are busting their guts to give away the most money just in case they fluke a winner.

    They are in no way qualified to give away the peoples money willy nilly.



    1. I’m hardly Murdoch (and I resent the comparison considering his reputation). I don’t own a newspaper for a start.

      Money always comes with strings attached…

  8. G’day John

    It is just out of this world effing ridiculous.

    They have just dumped Britain’s most credulous man AdderleyDadderlyDooDah who they were paying footballer wages, no no no, not football shirt with name on the back wearer wages… mega bucks.

    They let him make fools of them with Stella and Demigog and his and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters so what are they going to do?

    Waste more money themselves because they know better than the fool of a credulous professional that they employed.

    They are qualified as what?

    Thinking they were voted for because they are super ????????????????



    What was your mensa score?

    What was there’s?


    1. Well part of the point of the politicians is they’re supposed to think of things from the perspective of the public.

      Anyway there are a number of hoops they have to pass through just to get as a candidate on the ballot paper such as:

      proposer, seconder, eight people to assent to the nomination (all from the area that could vote for them)

      they have to be qualified to stand and not disqualified, they also have to fill out the nomination papers and deliver them!

      1. John John John

        Any idiot could manage that wearing red.

        Just look at them.

        No financial qualifications obviously.

        And, any idiot can spend others money.



  9. G’day John

    The thumbs downers have finally sobered up and got their kids to show them again how to use the computer..

    These idiots just really aren’t qualified to spend the peoples’ money.

    If you put a red rosette on the village idiot they would get voted in in ordinary Wirral.

    Just look at

    “The Pretend Friend”

    “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill”

    “His ugly twin brother, brother, and sister”



    “The Abbott”

    “Clowncillor Crispy Creme Doughnut”

    “She who thinks she owns an art gallery”

    In no particular order and other clowns are available in the party for your child’s birthday parties.

    A stop should be put the lunacy of them dolling out money to imbeciles like Wirral “Funny” Bizz.

    The fact they have covered up Wirral “Funny” Bizz knocking off about £2,000,000.00 for over four years doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

    History won’t change and as sure as eggs are eggs history will repeat itself.

    The main players apart from AdderletDadderlyDooLally are still there in places that will allow it to recur.



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