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What didn’t get printed

03.17.10 | Comment?

I completely forgot to post this letter I did to the press the other week about the Tories’ scandalous behaviour in a) unilaterally refusing to hear council motions b) then using the press to reply to a motion that they might have liked to be on the council agenda, but in fact wasn’t.

The press only printed one sentence of it, so here it is in full.

Dear Sir

I refer to your report ‘Missing cash: Burscough leisure centre staff given backing’ (04 March 2010). 

The report states that, at the Council meeting of 24 February, I ‘was due to table a motion which would [have] called for the council to be asked to report on Serco’s management and governance arrangements relating to the receipt of cash at the council’s leisure facilities.’

This is not correct.  I submitted no such motion, and the administration is well aware that I did not.  The motion I did submit made no reference to ‘receipt of cash’.

 Readers may find it surprising that the Conservative administration should first refuse to hear the motions that were actually submitted to council for public debate in accordance with the normal democratic process, and then choose to provide a ‘reply’, through the press, to a ‘motion’ that does not in fact exist.

This is, though, a practice seemingly in keeping with a political administration which, when given a downgrade on its Audit Commission performance rating in December 2009, simply refused to acknowledge that fact, and continues to display its outdated rating on its website and letterheads.

Yours faithfully


 Paul Cotterill

Leader of the Labour Group

West Lancashire Borough Council

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