The controlling Tories at North West Leicestershire District Council today ensured Labour Councillors were barred from representing the Council on any outside bodies.
With 10 elected members on the 38 strong Council, the Labour Group were expecting a proportional approach to outside representation. With three places available on the committee that manages the Owen St football ground, the Labour Group nominated Gus Geary, ward member for Snibston South where the football club is situated.
Rather than respect the principles of proportionality and local representation, the Tories nominated three Tory Councillors, one from Ashby and one from Valley as well as the newly elected Councillor for Snibston North. Forcing a vote, the controlling Tory Group excluded Cllr Geary from continuing to represent the people of Snibston South and the District Council on this body, something he has done to full effect for the last four years.
By forcing a similar vote, Labour Ward Councillor Nick Clarke has been removed from the Bardon Aggregate Liaison Committee. The residents of the Greenhill ward most affected by the quarry are to have no District representative to speak up for them.
Thringstone Councillor Dave Everitt is to have no voice at the Grace Dieu Priory Trust and Thringstone House Community Centre. Ibstock East Councillor, Felix Fenning is to have no place on the Ibstock Brick Liaison Committee.
Not one Labour Councillor is to represent the Council on the eight-member Highways Forum or the six-member Disability Action Group where, proportionally, Labour would normally have expected one or two members.
Labour Group Leader, Tom Neilson commented "The Tories have come out of the election with an arrogant attitude that has shown them up as putting party politics ahead of any respect for these important local groups."
Labour Whip Russ Johnson is disappointed at the Tory's intransigent attitude. "Labour and Independent Councillors were elected by the people to represent the people. The controlling Tory party can make it difficult for us if they like, but, one way or another, we will continue to do our job."