Alan Amos

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Alan Thomas Amos (born 10 November 1952) is a British politician, currently a Conservative (formerly Labour) councillor and Mayor (2014-2015) of Worcester City Council

Early life[edit]

He attended the independent St Albans School. He studied PPE at St John's College, Oxford. From the Institute of Education, he gained a PGCE in 1976.

From 1976-84, he was an Economics teacher, and a sixth form Form-teacher, at Dame Alice Owen's School in Hertfordshire. From 1986-7, he was Assistant Principal of Davies's College of Further Education (now called Davies's Independent 6th Form College) on Old Gloucester Street in Queen's Square.

From 1978-87 he was a Conservative councillor on Enfield Borough Council.

At the 1983 general election, he stood unsuccessfully in Walthamstow.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Amos was elected Member of Parliament for Hexham in the 1987 General Election.

In Parliament, Amos was known for his right wing views, e.g., he believed rapists and muggers should be flogged. He campaigned against tobacco advertising.

Pictured in an act of indecency[edit]

Shortly before the 1992 general election on Saturday 7 March 1992, he was pictured by The Sun, and was cautioned by police after an alleged "childish and stupid" indecency incident on Hampstead Heath and he did not fight his seat at the election.[2]

Conversion to Labour[edit]

After failing to be readopted as a Conservative local councillor in the London Borough of Enfield, where he had been previously been Deputy Leader of the Council,[3] he joined the Labour Party in 1994, giving a self-exculpatory interview to The Spectator magazine,[4] and in the 2001 general election fought the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency for Labour, coming second to the Conservative Peter Lilley.[5]

He was elected for Labour to the Millwall ward of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 2002, serving as councillor for four years before losing the seat to the Conservatives in 2006. He returned to local politics in May 2008 with his election to the Warndon ward of Worcester City Council.[6]

Independent Councillor[edit]

Following the May 2014 local government elections, the composition of Worcester City Council was 17 Conservative, 16 Labour, 1 Liberal Democrat and 1 Green, making both major groups reliant on minority support to gain control of the council.[7] Before the Council AGM, Alan Amos announced he was leaving the Labour group to sit as an Independent councillor, allegedly from dissatisfaction that he had not been selected by Labour as a future Mayor of Worcester.[8] At the Council's AGM on 3 June 2014, Amos accepted the Conservative nomination as Mayor of Worcester, and as Mayor, voted for the Council administration to change from Labour to Conservative.[9]

Move back to the Conservatives[edit]

Following the May 2015 local government elections and hours before his tenure as Mayor was to end, Alan Amos announced he was rejoining the Conservative party.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Assinder, Nick (17 January 2000). "Clutching at straws". BBC News. Mr Amos resigned his seat after he was found by the police allegedly engaging in a homosexual act on Hampstead Heath. 
  3. ^ David Conway, Local Opinion, Spectator, 25 January 1997, accessed 24 June 2013.
  4. ^ Nicholas Farell, That Night on the Heath, Spectator, 18 January 1997, accessed 24 June 2013
  5. ^ Weale, Sally (4 February 2000). "I have changed. Genuinely". The Guardian. New Labour is gearing up for the next election with a raft of unlikely new candidates who a decade ago would have been happier canvassing for the Tories. And perhaps the strangest of this new breed is the former Tory MP Alan Amos, who was once anti-abortion and pro-flogging. Sally Weale profiles Millbank's next wave of hopefuls 
  6. ^ City of Worcester official website. Accessed 24 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Worcester". Local Councils. 
  8. ^ Edwards, Tom (3 June 2014). "Revealed: the FULL reasons why Alan Amos quit Worcester Labour Party". Worcester News. 
  9. ^ Edwards, Tom (4 June 2014). "Drama at Worcester City Council as Tory Simon Geraghty snatches leadership from Labour's Adrian Gregson". Worcester News. 
  10. ^ Edwards, Tom (19 May 2015). "Mayor of Worcester Alan Amos joins the Tories". Worcester News. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Geoffrey Rippon
Member of Parliament for Hexham
19871992
Succeeded by
Peter Atkinson