Darwen's town council ‘is too political’ says councillor

This Is Lancashire: Darwen's town council ‘is too political’ says councillor Darwen's town council ‘is too political’ says councillor

A DARWEN town councillor has aired concerns that the council has become ‘too political’.

Liberal Democrat John East, who represents Whitehall, spoke out at the council’s meeting last week.

The council’s two represented parties, Lib Dem and Labour, have so far failed to agree over heritage centre plans for the town.

And the animosity intensified when the council selected Labour councillors as mayor and deputy chairman over the nominated Liberal Democrats.

Coun East said: “Are we representing the people of Darwen or are we representing political groups?

“We need to care for our community. We lose sight, constantly, of why we are here.

“We are becoming a laughing stock.”

Labour’s Coun Frank Connor replied: “There will always be politics in this room.”

Coun Paul Browne said: “I am one of the longest running councillors in this council, and one of the shortest!

“I have always been a Liberal, and I am proud of that, but I sit here and speak for my town.”

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12:20pm Tue 11 Mar 14

HelpingDarwen says...

Hear Hear Mr East!
A little less "punch & judy" party politics would lead to much more logical debate and decisions based on what is best for the people of the town.
Hear Hear Mr East! A little less "punch & judy" party politics would lead to much more logical debate and decisions based on what is best for the people of the town. HelpingDarwen
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1:45pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Progressive Penguin says...

But the main objection to the selection of the Mayor and Deputy Chair seems to be that they are not Lib Dems rather than any specific reasons why the other candidates should have been selected. The words Pot and Kettle spring to mind
But the main objection to the selection of the Mayor and Deputy Chair seems to be that they are not Lib Dems rather than any specific reasons why the other candidates should have been selected. The words Pot and Kettle spring to mind Progressive Penguin
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2:17pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

When our representatives in the House of Commons set such a pathetic and childish example, what else can we expect?
When our representatives in the House of Commons set such a pathetic and childish example, what else can we expect? Darren1951
  • Score: 2

5:13pm Tue 11 Mar 14

louderfasterlonger says...

HelpingDarwen wrote:
Hear Hear Mr East!
A little less "punch & judy" party politics would lead to much more logical debate and decisions based on what is best for the people of the town.
Read the Libdem newsletters and then decide who is being political. John East, rank hypocrisy being voted in as a Libdem through donations and hard campaigning of party members.
To claim that he doesn't wish to represent them now is crass to say the least.
A challenge to John East, in 2 years time, fund and campaign as an independent. In fact, if the party politics sticks in his throat, he could declare independence from the Libdems now and return the money from his campaign in 2012 the party.
[quote][p][bold]HelpingDarwen[/bold] wrote: Hear Hear Mr East! A little less "punch & judy" party politics would lead to much more logical debate and decisions based on what is best for the people of the town.[/p][/quote]Read the Libdem newsletters and then decide who is being political. John East, rank hypocrisy being voted in as a Libdem through donations and hard campaigning of party members. To claim that he doesn't wish to represent them now is crass to say the least. A challenge to John East, in 2 years time, fund and campaign as an independent. In fact, if the party politics sticks in his throat, he could declare independence from the Libdems now and return the money from his campaign in 2012 the party. louderfasterlonger
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

Its simple. If people don't want councillors with party political labels on the town council find people willing to stand as independents and vote for those independents.

The various political parties make an effort to seek out people willing to serve on the Town Council. They then work at election time to get those people elected. It is not the political parties' fault if no-one else can be bothered going to the same amount of effort.
Its simple. If people don't want councillors with party political labels on the town council find people willing to stand as independents and vote for those independents. The various political parties make an effort to seek out people willing to serve on the Town Council. They then work at election time to get those people elected. It is not the political parties' fault if no-one else can be bothered going to the same amount of effort. Excluded again
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10:47pm Tue 11 Mar 14

english rose 1 says...

HelpingDarwen wrote:
Hear Hear Mr East!
A little less "punch & judy" party politics would lead to much more logical debate and decisions based on what is best for the people of the town.
But Mr East was elected on a very political platform. (did you see his leaflets slagging off the other parties ??). Mr East is being hypocritical.
[quote][p][bold]HelpingDarwen[/bold] wrote: Hear Hear Mr East! A little less "punch & judy" party politics would lead to much more logical debate and decisions based on what is best for the people of the town.[/p][/quote]But Mr East was elected on a very political platform. (did you see his leaflets slagging off the other parties ??). Mr East is being hypocritical. english rose 1
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Unhappycyclist says...

Councillor East.

This is democracy in action. Come to terms with it.
Councillor East. This is democracy in action. Come to terms with it. Unhappycyclist
  • Score: 1

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