Saturday, 12 February 2011

Barnet Council eroding democracy

A LABOUR politician has accused the Tories of "eroding democracy" with proposals to limit speakers in council debates.

Councillor Alison Moore, leader of the Labour group, said it was the latest in a series of measures introduced by the Conservative administration.

She said: “The Barnet Tories have been eroding local democracy year by year – they have reduced the ability of residents to speak at planning committees, reduced the ability of members of the public to put questions down at any committee, and even tried to stop elected councillors on committees from asking questions by saying the subject is not on the agenda.

My comment: Everyone should have the right to speak at, or put questions to, a council committee.

Read the full story from the source (Barnet) Times

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