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Interesting notice of motion

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South Tyneside Independent Alliance councillors table unusual motion to support Tories and Lib-Dems in council chamber

This is the notice of motion proposed by a group of Independent Alliance councillors at Thusrdays’ meeting of South Tyneside Council to take place in South Shields Town Hall:

“This Council notes with great concern the adverse effect the Standards Board is having on the ability of democratically elected Councillors to represent their residents and on the health of local democracy generally.
This Council welcomes the promise of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties to scrap the Standards Board when they return to office”.
Councillors: J Branley

Looks like we are in for an early pantomime treat.

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Written by curly

December 1, 2009 at 9:21 am

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  1. Well, with Alliance councillors openly calling people liars are you surprised they wouldn’t want to be held accountable for their behaviour?


    December 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm

  2. The Standards Board has always seemed like a pointless halfway house.

    Everything within their remit can already be dealt with in other ways;

    A councillor does something illegal: legal penalty
    A councillor says something defamatory: civil penalty
    A councillor has poor conduct: voters decide at the next election.

    The situation has worsened since the decision-making powers were devolved to local level. Forget which political side you bat for – it’s now a political tool with which to beat opponents.

    The bizarre thing about the way the system is being abused in South Tyneside, however, is that a Standards Board complaint doesn’t really have much clout over politically non-aligned councillor.

    Where a party-affiliated councillor will also suffer censure within their own ranks, an independent can ignore proceedings with impunity in all but the most serious of cases (prison sentence, etc)

    @rossinisbird – Isn’t that what voters will do at forthcoming elections? Why does a Quango need to?

    David MacLean

    December 2, 2009 at 12:34 am

  3. David, the results of the recent Westoe by-election indicate where the flaw in your argument lies.


    December 3, 2009 at 12:20 am

  4. Well David, I wonder if you could give us an example of “the way the system is being abused in South Tyneside”.

    Just one example will do!


    December 4, 2009 at 1:59 am

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