Futures Forum: Transparency and process in East Devon... a summary
THE USE OF THE WHIP - & THE USE OF INDEPENDENT COUNCILLORS:
Minutes of the Meeting of the Council: Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Public question time
Jacqueline Green referred to a letter from Councillor Twiss which had been printed in the 29.11.13 edition of the Sidmouth Herald. She said that this insulted and showed disrespect to Independent Councillors. She asked the Chairman if he would disassociate himself from the content of the letter.
In response, the Chief Executive advised that the Council’s Monitoring Officer had received a Code of Conduct complaint in respect of the letter and so it was
inappropriate to comment at this stage.
No whip requiredI would like to add to the debate prompted by Councillor Roger Giles’s letter “Electing to stand” (Opinion, November 22).
No whip required - Letters - Sidmouth Herald
'Independent' Councillors were able to provide independent voices around the controversial planning decision at Budleigh:
Was it Councillor Howard who stated that he didn’t know what Independent councillors stand for?
In the last week I have seen Councillors Wright, Giles and Bond stating exactly and eloquently what they stand for.
Referring to the continuing row over 'confidentiality' [or 'transparency and planning'] in Ottery:
Secrecy mistakeSaturday, December 21, 2013
I was saddened to witness and to read (, December 6) of the criticism and attacks on Councillor Roger Giles.
Almost 10% of District Councillors are Independents:
Political make-up of local councils in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most people stand for election as councillors under the banner of the three largest political parties: Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat.
However, there is also a strong tradition of local councillors working as Independents.
And more Independents are representing local government constituencies:
The Independents are coming and winning landslide victories | Sidmouth Independent News
Independent Trish Parsons celebrates landslide victory in Braunton by-election | North Devon Journal
It seems that most decisions are taken on a party-political basis, whether at County or District level:
devon_tories_vote_down_planning_motion/claire-wright (12 Dec)
planning_framework_motion_dismissed/claire-wright (15 Nov)
east_devon_tories_condemn_supermarket_levy_motion/claire-wright (27 Oct)
Futures Forum: "Over-representing parties through the voting system"
Futures Forum: "Over-representing parties through the voting system" ...some figures