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Posted by: John Brace | 20th March 2017

What did Liverpool councillors say about death and 2 cars at an incredible public meeting?

What did Liverpool councillors say about death and 2 cars at an incredible public meeting?

                                       

Cllr Frank Prendergast MBE calls another Liverpool City Council councillor a “slimeball”

Cllr Frank Prendergast MBE calls another Liverpool City Council councillor a “slimeball”

The annual budget meeting of Liverpool City Council is known for those who go for producing political fireworks (for example two years ago when a councillor passionately argued against a cut to domestic violence charities and was asked to leave the Council Chamber).

Local politics (especially party politics) can become ideological at times rather than based in reality (realpolitik).

So what happened at the last Liverpool City Council meeting at Liverpool Town Hall?

Well what I’ve sometimes referred to as the Joe Anderson show this time became the Joe Anderson slideshow presentation until the projector we were sitting next to decided it had really had enough, started to kick up a fuss and embarrass Joe, so Joe had it turned off and made a joke about it still being under guarantee.

Unfortunately for Joe, councillors don’t come with an off switch and the meeting later descended into bickering, denials, claims, counter-claims and the kind of behaviour the Lord Mayor doesn’t approve of.

Part of it was about cars provided for senior managers (including for the Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald who sat to the right of the Mayor). The Chief Executive (to my memory) didn’t declare an interest during the meeting and leave the room at this point and unusually all three statutory officers (Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald, s.151 finance officer Becky Hellard and Jeanette McLoughlin (Monitoring Officer)) had a speaking part during the meeting as obviously the Chief Executive can’t be seen to be making recommendations to councillors about his own conditions of employment on a party political issue.

Jeanette McLoughlin (in the fine tradition of local council solicitors) made sure what had been said about cars was “ruled out of order”. In most other councils wouldn’t this traditionally be a ruling of the person chairing the meeting (Mayor)?

A partial explanation given later in the meeting was that the Chief Executive and Director of Regeneration had been provided with a leased car each by their previous employer and as part of their job offer when they had joined Liverpool City Council this perk had been transferred over.

Whereas meetings of the House of Commons and House of Lords are protected by absolute privilege, meetings of local councils are only covered by qualified privilege (which councillors were reminded of by Liverpool City Council’s Monitoring Officer).

Liverpool City Council and its councillors and many of its senior officers spent meeting time denying information that had been released through a FOI request until a U-turn was made and a partial explanation given.

A Lib Dem councillor called Cllr Mirna Juarez also highlighted the death of homeless people in Liverpool, which was like waving a red flag at the mob of Labour councillors.

Another claim made during the meeting by Mayor Joe Anderson (denied strongly by Cllr Richard Kemp) was that Cllr Kemp had sold a house for £850,000 (financed by money he received from work done for the Local Government Association).

Anyway, standards complaints are being made. Legal professionals are being contacted.

The video is there for all to see below as to what councillors did and said and I hope matters improve going forward.

Liverpool City Council (Budget) 8th March 2017 Part 1 of 5

Liverpool City Council (Budget) 8th March 2017 Part 2 of 5

Liverpool City Council (Budget) 8th March 2017 Part 3 of 5

Liverpool City Council (Budget) 8th March 2017 Part 4 of 5

Liverpool City Council (Budget) 8th March 2017 Part 5 of 5

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Responses

  1. G’day John

    Are they back with their sacks of money and promises galore?

    Ooroo

    James

    Who cares!

    • Yes, the Wirral Council delegation is back from the MIPIM conference.

  2. G’ay John

    I presume you were there to hear the Jones crud.

    In response Chris Jones, Wirral’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “I don’t accept that council made the wrong decision.

    She will forever, whilst I am still seeking justice, be known as “Missus bilong “The Pretend Friend” Nurse Girtrell Rat”

    Ooroo

    James

    They were made for each other…scumbags.

    • Yes I was there. You can see the meeting for yourself below (assuming the Youtube video embeds properly in a comment).

  3. G’day John

    In their ex-local rubbish propaganda sheet

    Wirral council announce support for ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign

    I remember when I was in primary school at St Joseph’s when it was on Borough Road in the 50’s before you were born little buddy, well not so little, we entered a national essay competition on Keep Britain Tidy and I got a certificate.

    I bet “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive, LYING Dill” didn’t get one or he would be ashamed of the state of wirral and do something instead of just employing his mates that are trash from other clowncils on ridiculous money.

    Ooroo

    James

    • Well I also went to St Joseph’s Birkenhead for 5 months from September 1991 to February 1992.

      Unfortunately there are spots on the Wirral that are well known for flytipping. The other concern is rubbish being set on fire too.

      Wirral Council (under a Labour-Lib Dem coalition) years ago started charging for the ERIC service which was predicted to lead to an increase in flytipping.

      However (apart from alleyway dumping) most of the flytipped rubbish I’ve seen has been trade waste (for example when a house is renovated).

  4. Bling lover ever since he was dragged kicking and screaming out of his Mayoral robes, Prendergast, used the word “slimeball”, directing it at a Lib Dem councillor.

    The “Lord Mayor” fixture, seated in the Ronnie Corbett monster chair and peering over the oaken desk said …………………….nothing.

    • Well Cllr Prendergast and Lord Mayor Cllr Roz Gladden are both of the same political party.

      She did mention at some point during the meeting about it being the worst behaved meeting she’d chaired as Mayor (or something like that).

  5. G’day John

    Talking of Everpeel clowncil, in the rubbish paper over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant wirral Waters

    Pressure on services laid bare after obese, mentally ill woman left on Liverpool streets

    “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive,LYING Dill’s” hero’s answer

    Lets not build a golf course lets build a stadium.

    Ooroo

    James

    When do this pair of clowns fly off to Oz for the Commonwealth Games John?

    • I know a certain well known politician on Liverpool City Council is keen for the Commonwealth Games in future to be held there.

  6. G’day John

    You couldn’t make this rubbish up

    The rubbish paper over Kev an Stella’s Stinking Stagnant wirral Waters

    New golf course planned for Liverpool

    Ooroo

    James

    Who’s got no money?

    • When politicians want something the money can always be found (or borrowed) eh?

      • So very Labor John

        A new golf course………………………………for the poor.

        Ooroo

        James

        • What would you suggest for the poor instead James?


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