Another week, another leak, and another telling off for Labour councillors in Liverpool
Another week, another leak. I'm pleased to report that Dale Street Associates is becoming the website of choice for leaks from Liverpool Labour councillors.
Following on from Pam Thomas' 'clean your act up ladies' email, her boss and chief whip Alan Dean has now become the latest victim of a leak.
In his email leaked onto DSA he reads councillors the riot act for debating council shortcomings in public.
You can read the email yourselves below, but it does beg the question exactly what does scrutiny mean at Liverpool council. If you need the mayor's permission is it scrutiny?
Cllr Dean just told me: "It was an internal Labour group document that's the way it should have stayed, I am disappointed that it has not."
The Labour group meets tonight for its usual pre-full council meeting. Something tells me it's going to be fun.
Here is Deano's email:
Re: Neighbourhoods Select Committee, 26th June 2012.
As a direct result of what happened at the above meeting, the Mayor wrote to all members of the Labour Group to clarify the process for establishing Scrutiny Panels that members of the Labour Group must follow.
Can I remind you that the Chair of every Select Committee was appointed by the Mayor and endorsed by the Cabinet and subsequently by the Labour Group? As such each Select Committee Chair carries the full authority to act on behalf of the Mayor at both pre and committee meetings of their Select Committee. That means that when they say an issue should not be pursued in open committee or a particular course of action should not be pursued at a meeting of the select committee they are speaking for and on behalf of the Mayor.
At the pre-meeting that was held prior to the above meeting Councillor Thomas made it clear that the item on re-cycling was not something that her Select Committee should be pursuing as it clearly fell under the remit of another Select Committee.
However, when the item was deal with members asked for a scrutiny panel to be established to look at the implications of the report. Again the Chair advised members that it was inappropriate for her committee to deal with this issue.
Despite this a proposition was moved by Councillor Hanson, seconded by Councillor Robertson-Collins that a scrutiny panel should be established. That proposition was agreed and carried.
I have to remind you that we are the controlling group on the Council - and not the opposition. The issues the report raised are well know to the Mayor, the Cabinet member and senior officers of the council and work has been on-going to resolve the issues identified in the report. Any shortcomings that may exist in this or any other service area of the council are not issues that we should be discussing / debating in an open, public forum until we have a clear way forward that we believe is deliverable.
Therefore I have to advise you that this Scrutiny Panel WILL NO BE ESTABLISHED. At the next meeting of the Select Committee Councillors Hanson and Robertson-Collins will withdraw their motion.
Finally, you should be aware that this e-mail has been shared with, and cleared by, Mayor Anderson prior to it being sent out to you.
Councillor Alan Dean
Labour Group Chief Whip.