Open letter to South Tyneside Independent Alliance councillors
Readers may recall my question three days ago regarding the apparent failure of the South Tyneside Independent Alliance group of councillors to register themselves with the Electoral Commission. Spurred on by Mr. Monkey’s suggestion (I can sympathise, I too would want to remain secretive about my identity after some of the things he’s written) I have taken the liberty of asking our Independent councillors in South Tyneside just when they intend to put the matter right.
Here is the text of the email which I have sent to each of them, I’m eagerly awaiting a positive response from either their Leader, Cllr. Jane Bradley or their Deputy Leader, Cllr. Ahmed Khan.
there are many many independent non aligned non political groups of councillors operating in councils throughout England and Wales, as revealed in this post in my blog.
I am as keen as you are for more openness and accountability in local government, and believe that transparency is a great asset to local representatives, the public deserves access to information that helps to inform and educate and give a clearer insight to the workings and machinations of local councils and councillors.
I am therefore disappointed that so far the South Tyneside Independents have not decided to register themselves with the Electoral Commission, the appropriate body that regulates and guides much of our democratic process.
Can you explain why this is so? Better still after more than two years of campaigning, can the South Tyneside Independent group of councillors give a firm committment to registration with the Electoral Commission and let us know when the first set of accounts will be lodged with the Electoral Commission, as has previously been accomplished by the South Tyneside Progressives?