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Labour is planning Town Hall couch potato’ politics

PUBLISHED: 08:21 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 05 October 2010

Archer and newborn—snowman’s one on the right

Archer and newborn—snowman’s one on the right

Dear Ed, MANY people took the opportunity with Monday’s snow to work from home. I found time to make a snowman (pictured). But working from home for one day is nothing compared to Government plans for couch potato’ councillors

Dear Editor,

MANY people took the opportunity with Monday’s snow to work from home. I found time to make a snowman (pictured).

But working from home for one day due to snow is nothing compared to Government plans for couch potato’ councillors.

Labour intends allowing council members to vote on important decisions from home by text without the need to actually go to the Town Hall and be a part of a meeting.

We have far too few meetings of Tower Hamlets council in East London as it is, just five a year. Full council meetings are an important part of the democratic process—where the public can ask questions of the authority it elected, and present petitions and see democracy in action.

This move is just another example of Labour undermining the democratic process. Allowing councillors to vote by phone or the internet removes accountably and opens the floodgates for poor decisions to be made that are not in the interest of the people. I, for one, will insist on voting in person, rather than hiding away.

Cllr Tim Archer (Con)

Blackwall & Cubitt Town ward

Tower Hamlets Council

Poplar & Limehouse Conservative Parliamentary candidate

Plymouth Wharf, Cubitt Town, Isle of Dogs

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