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Death Of Democracy

The Hillingdon Labour Group claim that Democracy has been dying in Hillingdon for some time, and that  at the Cabinet Meeting on Thursday 22nd January 2009 it was given a further fatal blow by the Leader of the council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot.

A controversial Cabinet report recommending the merger of the Cabinet office and the Executive Scrutiny Service was given approval by the Cabinet. Councillors from both the Labour & Conservative group have expressed concerns, they claim, that this would adversely impact on the scrutiny function and effectively give the Leader and his Cabinet a blank cheque to do what they like without having to answer or account for their actions.

The Executive Scrutiny Committee is Chaired by the Leader of the Opposition and has the right to call in any Cabinet decisions and hold the Leader and his Cabinet to account, however, at the Cabinet meeting Cllr Puddifoot advised the Executive Scrutiny Committee not to “waste their time” in calling this item in as he would “proceed with the report as per the recommendations”.

Click here to read Cllr Anthony Way’s letter of resignation