Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 28, 2018

Setting The Record Straight

In our article on 22 October we reported that “Cllr Owens Showed Razor Sharp Reactions” by ensuring it was he who seconded Labour Cllr Yates’ motion to reduce the total number of WLBC Councillors at a full Council Meeting. It was a natural reaction from Cllr Owens because OWL had produced an election commitment to the policy .

We specifically asked “So who DID second the Motion? The official minutes will clear the matter. We wait for the claims and counter claims from the contestants!” which drew forth the written Labour claim that “The motion to review councillor numbers, which was seconded by Cllr Yates’s fellow Knowsley Ward councillor, Cllr Gareth Dowling is in response to this review…”

Not being satisfied with the matter, WLR has patiently awaited a view of it that cannot be disputed. In local authority dispute resolution members of the public have rights to ask for disclosure, for example using the Freedom of Information Act 2000. And we can now say without doubt that official notes record that Councillor Adrian Owens seconded the Motion at item 16c, Review of the Political Management Restructure, which was agreed.

All parties to this matter should be happy that an OWL policy in May 2018, copied by Labour in October 2018, is to be resolved for the ultimate benefit of council tax payers, which is as it should be.


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