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Southend Votes Narrowly To Keep Cabinet System

Sunday, October 26, 2014 admin 1

It seems that Southend Borough Council have voted to keep their cabinet system. They voted by 21 to 19 NOT to investigate going back to a committee system. Interestingly , The Lib Dems and UKIP favoured investigating a change, the Tories and most Labour voted to keep things the way […]

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Council Ends Cabinet System….

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 admin 0

But unfortunately it’s not our council, it’s Cambridgeshire County Council: A motion to Cambridgeshire County Council by Cllr Kilian Bourke yesterday, passed by all the minority parties acting together, marks the end of the Cabinet system that came into being under Labour?s Local Government Act 2000. _ The Cabinet system […]

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Last Night’s Annual Council

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 admin 3

Last night’s annual council meeting was hurried through in 20 minutes Simon Smith, as expected, was elected Chairman of the Council for 2011-12, with Joan Mockford as vice-chairman. Congratulations to them both. Chris Black criticised the make-up of the cabinet , with no Rayleigh members included. Terry Cutmore replied with […]

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He Saw It In The Daily Mail

Thursday, March 10, 2011 admin 3

Chris Black has an article in the Rayleigh Times this week about the District Council Cabinet system. Chris has been a long-time critic of the cabinet system, so it’s no surprise he’s critical here. Key paragraph: “Having a cabinet system means that: ? things are less democratic ? money is […]

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“Cabinet System To Stay”

Thursday, August 5, 2010 admin 1

The Echo website this evening has a report on last weeks debate on the cabinet system. People are starting to leave comments….

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A Real Council Meeting – With Some Really Bad Decisions

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 admin 12

Well, tonight’s council meeting actually went on after 9 pm. But the Tory block vote triumphed on everything, In brief: The Lib Dems proposed reintroducing a 30 minute car parking period and to stop charging at 6 pm for parking. We were supporting by Councillors Michael Hoy and John Mason […]

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Remember The Committee System?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 admin 2

Chris Black and Ron Oatham have submitted the following motion, which will be up for debate at the next ordinary Full Council meeting in July: “That this council welcomes the statement by the Liberal Conservative Coalition Government that they will allow councils to return to the committee system, should they […]

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Lights At the End Of The Tunnel ?

Friday, May 21, 2010 admin 2

The Liberal Conservative coalition published its programme for government yesterday and you can download it here. 476K) There’s some very interesting stuff on local government pages 11 and 12. For example, the document says that it will ‘abolish Regional Spatial Strategies’. Does this mean that councils will be able to […]