Labour victory in Southampton sees city mayor Terry Matthews lose his seat

Daily Echo: Terry Matthews (right) pictured with City sheriff Derek Burke. Terry Matthews (right) pictured with City sheriff Derek Burke.

Labour's stunning election win which swept the Tories from power in Southampton has left the city without a mayor for the first time in decades.

Voters dumped Conservative Terry Matthews from his Shirley seat in favour of Labour’s Mark Chaloner, 12 days before his year in the ceremonial role was due to end, leaving it vacant, something it is thought has only ever happened once before.

City sheriff, Labour councillor Derek Burke, has had to be drafted in to cover the mayor’s engagements – starting, appropriately enough, with the opening night of an exhibition called A Right Fine Mess at the city’s Bargate Monument Gallery.

Among the other events he will now deputise at are a circus performance, a library fun festival, a guided walk of Southampton’s Old Cemetery, entertaining Itchen College |students in the mayor’s parlour, and attending a function at the Humble Plumb pub in Bitterne.

Although not entitled to carry out any more mayoral duties, Mr Matthews will don the chains of office once more, at the annual mayor-making ceremony at Southampton Guildhall on May 16, where he will hand over the reins to his successor.

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9:48am Sat 5 May 12

DM Andy says...

Does the mayor really need to be a councillor? Mr Matthews only had 12 more days to serve as Mayor, surely it wouldn't have been the end of the world for him to carry on.

If that's a rule that can't be got around, then just don't make councillors in their last year of office Mayor.
Does the mayor really need to be a councillor? Mr Matthews only had 12 more days to serve as Mayor, surely it wouldn't have been the end of the world for him to carry on. If that's a rule that can't be got around, then just don't make councillors in their last year of office Mayor. DM Andy
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1:04pm Sat 5 May 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

Why keep on wasting money on these ceremonial clowns while they keep on pleading poverty when it comes to providing services for the people?
Why keep on wasting money on these ceremonial clowns while they keep on pleading poverty when it comes to providing services for the people? Paramjit Bahia
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1:59pm Sat 5 May 12

Linesman says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Why keep on wasting money on these ceremonial clowns while they keep on pleading poverty when it comes to providing services for the people?
Because it is a 'sacred cow' of British tradition.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Why keep on wasting money on these ceremonial clowns while they keep on pleading poverty when it comes to providing services for the people?[/p][/quote]Because it is a 'sacred cow' of British tradition. Linesman
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5:48pm Sat 5 May 12

Donald2000 says...

I am really broken up about that man's loss of office.
I am really broken up about that man's loss of office. Donald2000
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6:20pm Sat 5 May 12

Donald2000 says...

DM Andy wrote:
Does the mayor really need to be a councillor? Mr Matthews only had 12 more days to serve as Mayor, surely it wouldn't have been the end of the world for him to carry on. If that's a rule that can't be got around, then just don't make councillors in their last year of office Mayor.
I think this is a non story. He lost his job when he only had 12 years to serve. And the point of the story is?
[quote][p][bold]DM Andy[/bold] wrote: Does the mayor really need to be a councillor? Mr Matthews only had 12 more days to serve as Mayor, surely it wouldn't have been the end of the world for him to carry on. If that's a rule that can't be got around, then just don't make councillors in their last year of office Mayor.[/p][/quote]I think this is a non story. He lost his job when he only had 12 years to serve. And the point of the story is? Donald2000
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6:21pm Sat 5 May 12

Donald2000 says...

Donald2000 wrote:
DM Andy wrote: Does the mayor really need to be a councillor? Mr Matthews only had 12 more days to serve as Mayor, surely it wouldn't have been the end of the world for him to carry on. If that's a rule that can't be got around, then just don't make councillors in their last year of office Mayor.
I think this is a non story. He lost his job when he only had 12 years to serve. And the point of the story is?
Oh sorry, I mean, twelve days.....twelve years, twelve days, whats the point, anyway?
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DM Andy[/bold] wrote: Does the mayor really need to be a councillor? Mr Matthews only had 12 more days to serve as Mayor, surely it wouldn't have been the end of the world for him to carry on. If that's a rule that can't be got around, then just don't make councillors in their last year of office Mayor.[/p][/quote]I think this is a non story. He lost his job when he only had 12 years to serve. And the point of the story is?[/p][/quote]Oh sorry, I mean, twelve days.....twelve years, twelve days, whats the point, anyway? Donald2000
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6:36pm Sat 5 May 12

J.P.M says...

My kids started crying when they saw that scary photo!
My kids started crying when they saw that scary photo! J.P.M
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6:50pm Sat 5 May 12

Donald2000 says...

J.P.M wrote:
My kids started crying when they saw that scary photo!
Yes indeed, I know exactly what you mean....
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: My kids started crying when they saw that scary photo![/p][/quote]Yes indeed, I know exactly what you mean.... Donald2000
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8:25pm Sat 5 May 12

geoff51 says...

Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council.
Be afraid, be very afraid!
Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council. Be afraid, be very afraid! geoff51
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9:46pm Sat 5 May 12

loosehead says...

Do any of you actually now Terry Mathews? Have you ever met & talked to him?
he held surgery at Church St Baptist church & would listen & try to help people so what's the sense of saying
My kids started crying when they saw that scary photo!
Yes indeed, I know exactly what you mean....
what an insulting remarks these are no better than the egg thrower
Do any of you actually now Terry Mathews? Have you ever met & talked to him? he held surgery at Church St Baptist church & would listen & try to help people so what's the sense of saying My kids started crying when they saw that scary photo! Yes indeed, I know exactly what you mean.... what an insulting remarks these are no better than the egg thrower loosehead
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10:13pm Sat 5 May 12

Portswoodfoke says...

I'm with geoff51 on this one, who is mayor is the very least of our worries.
I'm with geoff51 on this one, who is mayor is the very least of our worries. Portswoodfoke
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10:25pm Sat 5 May 12

Donald2000 says...

loosehead wrote:
Do any of you actually now Terry Mathews? Have you ever met & talked to him? he held surgery at Church St Baptist church & would listen & try to help people so what's the sense of saying My kids started crying when they saw that scary photo! Yes indeed, I know exactly what you mean.... what an insulting remarks these are no better than the egg thrower
No, I dont know Terry Matthews and he doesn't know me either. Are we going to spend all day on discussing what some politician does or does not know. There are many valuable people in this society who have done a great deal for other people who go totally unsung and who dont fetch up on the front page of the echo in a Mayor's dress. Good people dont need publicity and they help people all the time. Its a total non story in any event; thats why people are making adverse comments about it.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Do any of you actually now Terry Mathews? Have you ever met & talked to him? he held surgery at Church St Baptist church & would listen & try to help people so what's the sense of saying My kids started crying when they saw that scary photo! Yes indeed, I know exactly what you mean.... what an insulting remarks these are no better than the egg thrower[/p][/quote]No, I dont know Terry Matthews and he doesn't know me either. Are we going to spend all day on discussing what some politician does or does not know. There are many valuable people in this society who have done a great deal for other people who go totally unsung and who dont fetch up on the front page of the echo in a Mayor's dress. Good people dont need publicity and they help people all the time. Its a total non story in any event; thats why people are making adverse comments about it. Donald2000
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10:46pm Sat 5 May 12

Linesman says...

I don't know how Terry Matthews became Mayor, whether it was as a result of a councillors' vote or appointment by Royston Smith. Either way it showed a complete lack of planning.

When he was elected/appointed, it must have been known to those who took the decision that he would have to stand for election as a councillor before his term as Mayor was completed. Was the decision one of arrogance, assuming that he would automatically be re-elected?

I trust that whoever becomes the next Mayor will not have to stand for re-election before his term of office is complete.
I don't know how Terry Matthews became Mayor, whether it was as a result of a councillors' vote or appointment by Royston Smith. Either way it showed a complete lack of planning. When he was elected/appointed, it must have been known to those who took the decision that he would have to stand for election as a councillor before his term as Mayor was completed. Was the decision one of arrogance, assuming that he would automatically be re-elected? I trust that whoever becomes the next Mayor will not have to stand for re-election before his term of office is complete. Linesman
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1:54am Sun 6 May 12

Saintlygirl says...

I know Terry Matthews and his lovely wife and went to school with his daughter. He is a FANTASTIC councillor - one of the very best I've every had to go to for help. He will be a loss to the residents of Shirley.
I know Terry Matthews and his lovely wife and went to school with his daughter. He is a FANTASTIC councillor - one of the very best I've every had to go to for help. He will be a loss to the residents of Shirley. Saintlygirl
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7:21am Sun 6 May 12

aldermoorboy says...

Terry Matthews, well done for helping Shirley over 10 years, you will be missed.
Terry Matthews, well done for helping Shirley over 10 years, you will be missed. aldermoorboy
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9:41am Sun 6 May 12

Lone Ranger. says...

geoff51 wrote:
Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council.
Be afraid, be very afraid!
Why are you bothered ... You dont live in Southampton
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council. Be afraid, be very afraid![/p][/quote]Why are you bothered ... You dont live in Southampton Lone Ranger.
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10:23am Sun 6 May 12

Ant Smoking MP says...

geoff51 wrote:
Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council.
Be afraid, be very afraid!
Feeling a bit sore are we Geoff?
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council. Be afraid, be very afraid![/p][/quote]Feeling a bit sore are we Geoff? Ant Smoking MP
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4:43pm Sun 6 May 12

geoff51 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council.
Be afraid, be very afraid!
Why are you bothered ... You dont live in Southampton
No but I still care about the City of my birth and where i spent the first 48 years of my life.
It pains me to see the return of labour to Southampton as i have many memories of their neglect and incompetence in the running of the City.
The spendthrift years of June Bridle, the massive increases in Council tax to pay for their doctrine and the kowtowing to their Union puppet masters.
Like I said 'Be very afraid'
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council. Be afraid, be very afraid![/p][/quote]Why are you bothered ... You dont live in Southampton[/p][/quote]No but I still care about the City of my birth and where i spent the first 48 years of my life. It pains me to see the return of labour to Southampton as i have many memories of their neglect and incompetence in the running of the City. The spendthrift years of June Bridle, the massive increases in Council tax to pay for their doctrine and the kowtowing to their Union puppet masters. Like I said 'Be very afraid' geoff51
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9:11pm Sun 6 May 12

loosehead says...

geoff51 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council.
Be afraid, be very afraid!
Why are you bothered ... You dont live in Southampton
No but I still care about the City of my birth and where i spent the first 48 years of my life.
It pains me to see the return of labour to Southampton as i have many memories of their neglect and incompetence in the running of the City.
The spendthrift years of June Bridle, the massive increases in Council tax to pay for their doctrine and the kowtowing to their Union puppet masters.
Like I said 'Be very afraid'
I agree with you & I can't wait to see if this lot change their tune once Labour start putting into place their true policies
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Never mind about who is or isnt Mayor, there are more things to worry about like the fact that we have got 2 years of a collection of Labour idiots in charge of the council. Be afraid, be very afraid![/p][/quote]Why are you bothered ... You dont live in Southampton[/p][/quote]No but I still care about the City of my birth and where i spent the first 48 years of my life. It pains me to see the return of labour to Southampton as i have many memories of their neglect and incompetence in the running of the City. The spendthrift years of June Bridle, the massive increases in Council tax to pay for their doctrine and the kowtowing to their Union puppet masters. Like I said 'Be very afraid'[/p][/quote]I agree with you & I can't wait to see if this lot change their tune once Labour start putting into place their true policies loosehead
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