Day: 22/04/2016

Southend Tories turn last council meeting into unedifying farce


southend civic centre
Last night I stayed up to watch the full council meeting of Southend Borough Council.

I did so primarily for the vote on changes to the electoral arrangements for the Council — reducing the number of councillors by a third, and switching to all up elections — which thankfully failed.

Bizarrely, that was not the most drawn out of farcical part of last night. It was followed almost immediately for an opportunity for Conservative councillors to grandstand, take up time with manufactured moral outrage, and ultimately call for a vote of no confidence in the leader, Cllr Woodley (IND – Thorpe), which failed ultimately by the mayor’s casting vote.

What a deeply unedifying way to conclude the final council meeting before the elections.

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