During Full Council last week, BBC Leicester' political reporter tweeted that Cllr Rushton "slapped me down" in a debate on the Director of Public Health's report.
I am not sure he or his Tory colleagues had actually read it. Perhaps, if they had, the vote might not have got their unanimous support.
If you want to know what upset Cllr Rushton, you can read my speech (with page references) below:-
I am sure all my fellow Councillors will want to support this document. As Elected Members we know from experience that Confident and connected communities provide the social infrastructure that is necessary for people to flourish. 6 (184)
My fellow GPs will be pleased to see that the Director of Public Health recommends connecting people to community resources, practical help, group activities and volunteering 7 (185)
I am using my Councillor Newsletter to direct people towards Volunteering at the refurbished Donington le Heath Manor House and retained Century Theatre
The Director’s report states that the very nature of community led approaches means that these are not being systematically applied across Leicestershire 11 (189)
In Leicestershire’s 2012 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, Mike McHugh pointed out that Overall, inequalities in health arise largely because of social inequalities in society - Factors including employment, education, housing, transport….
This document states that to be most effective each community will need to be able to develop the community interventions that are most suitable for their needs. 11 (189)
This document recommends connecting to others and taking part in local decisions P14 (192) and supporting communities to work in partnership with Leicestershire County Council to design and deliver services P10 (188)
In my Division we have seen Hugglescote Community Centre threatened by a Highways led road-widening scheme, the Closure of Snibston, Businesses on Vulcan Way put at risk by a “Strategy for Industrial Development” being unilaterally imposed on Coalville.
As Local Member I have seen the Benefits of community capacity building described on P16(194) which include the development of skills and knowledge and the building of a more united local voice:
Hugglescote Cross Roads Action Group
Friends of Snibston
Coalville Business leaders
… All organising in opposition to the way this Institution is pursuing its policies in my Division
I hope Elected Members in this Chamber will all support the principles set out in the Director of Public Health’s document and that, rather than riding rough-shod over a disempowered electorate, we will see communities and local services working together (with this Council) at any stage of the planning cycle, from identifying needs through to implementation and evaluation P7 (185)
In voting for this document, I hope my colleagues will commit this Council to working with the Director of Public Health as per P17 (195) to address imbalances in power and bring about change founded on social justice, equality and inclusion.