A Liberal approach to attendance as a third of Lib Dem Councillors go AWOL in the middle of last night’s Full Council meeting

Less than two thirds of the Liberal Democrat Group attended the Council meeting on Monday 23 January 2012. By the end of the meeting only five Liberal Democrat councillors were still in attendance.

Historically the Liberal Democrats have always had a liberal approach to attending meetings with the worst attendance of any of the three parties represented in the Council Chamber, especially when they are in opposition.

However, on this occasion their absence follows their crushing defeat in the Wembley Central ward by-election. What’s more is that attendance figures on the Council’s website will not reflect the fact that certain Councillors left the meeting half way through.

The Labour Leader of the Council, Councillor Ann M John, OBE lambasted the Liberal Democrats for their absence.

Councillor John said:

”Every councillor receives a basic allowance of £7,974 per annum and as a basic minimum they are expected to attend full council meetings. How can they expect to represent their constituents if they are not here?” 

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2 thoughts on “A Liberal approach to attendance as a third of Lib Dem Councillors go AWOL in the middle of last night’s Full Council meeting

  1. I can recall several Council meetings in the past when there was only one Labour councillor present. Let’s ask Ann John Why?

    1. It used to be the case that Brent Council meetings were solely just talking shops and party political bashing opportunities. However, Labour recently changed that to make Council meetings meaningful for all, including opposition parties by inviting external speakers and presenters in recognition of this. If you look at Full Council meetings in the last year, you’ll see presenters such as the Brent Borough Commander. This is unprecedented.

      Yesterday we had speakers from the Tricycle and Fountain Studios to present and for Cllrs to ask questions to.

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