You can never trust a Tory ! A simple statement, but true when you look at the utter hypocrisy of the Conservatives in Norfolk.
Having argued for the right to chair the scrutiny committee in South Norfolk as the "opposition" party, upon taking power the Conservatives re-write the council's constitution in order to prevent the lib Dems, now in opposition, from having similar privileges. Breckland Tories too are removing the right of the opposition to chair scrutiny.
In Broadland, the Tories claim to be much fairer by allowing an independent to chair the scrutiny committee instead of the opposition Liberal Democrats. However, this is far from fair as the independent gets elected because the Tories do not oppose him and he is a member of the Conservative Party, so it is actually a ruse to prevent the Lib Dems getting the scrutiny role.
Can any Conservative actually justify why it is okay for the Tories to demand that they should have scrutiny chairmanships when they are in opposition but then oppose it when in power ?
Put simply, you can't trust the Tories.