What happened at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee to discuss budget cuts proposals for 2022/23?

What happened at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee to discuss budget cuts proposals for 2022/23?

What happened at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee to discuss budget cuts proposals for 2022/23?

                                                  

Wirral Council Policy and Resources Committee (25th October 2021) Left to Right Councillor Janette Williamson Philip McCourt resized
Wirral Council Policy and Resources Committee (25th October 2021) Left to Right, Councillor Janette Williamson (Chair) (left) and Philip McCourt (Monitoring Officer) (middle)

Before this piece on the special meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee in the interests of openness and transparency I have three specific interests to declare.


1. During the meeting itself I am mentioned (briefly) by name by Councillor Julie McManus as I emailed her prior to the meeting with a combined series of questions, some of which are merely journalistic inquiries, others as I’m a local resident and she’s my local councillor. At the time of writing and publication I have not received answers to these questions yet from Wirral Council but when (and if) I do so I plan to update this piece with Wirral Council’s responses (although you can watch the video below for what was said by employees and councillors at te meeting).
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Wirral Council’s Labour and Green councillors vote for increased on and off street car parking charges despite opposition from Conservative and Lib Dem councillors

Wirral Council’s Labour and Green councillors vote for increased on and off street car parking charges despite opposition from Conservative and Lib Dem councillors

Wirral Council’s Labour and Green councillors vote for increased on and off street car parking charges despite opposition from Conservative and Lib Dem councillors

                                                         

Fort Perch Rock Car Park, New Brighton, Wirral (29th June 2015)
Fort Perch Rock Car Park, New Brighton, Wirral (29th June 2015)

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

First publication date: Wednesday 11th August 2021, 11:44 AM (BST).

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Decision Review Committee (Wirral Council) 29th July 2021 Car Parking Charges Call In

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Decision Review Committee (Wirral Council) 10th August 2021 Car Parking Charges Call In

At the end of two lengthy public meetings which you can watch above (and you can read a report on the previous adjourned meeting here), a majority of councillors voted to uphold the decision of Wirral Council’s Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee to go ahead with car parking charges options 1, 3 and 4 (as outlined in this report. The changes were opposed by Conservative and Lib Dem councillors but voted through by Labour and Green councillors, however Lib Dem councillor Chris Carubia voted in favour to consult on charges at new locations and increase charges at existing locations that charge.
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What was the result in the Liscard byelection of a councillor to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council?

What was the result in the Liscard byelection of a councillor to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council?

What was the result in the Liscard byelection of a councillor to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council?

                                                    

By John Brace (Editor)

First publication date: Friday 23rd July 2021, 7:10 AM (BST).

Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre (Bidston, Wirral) where the administration for the Liscard byelection in 2021 was done
Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre (Bidston, Wirral) where the administration for the Liscard byelection in 2021 was done

The votes have been counted in the Liscard byelection. Liscard voters elected a councillor to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Daisy Marie Kenny (Labour) was elected with 1,137 votes. The votes for the other candidates were Jane Helen Owens (Conservative) 582 votes, Sue Arrowsmith (Liberal Democrats) 201 votes, Edward John Lamb (Green Party) 109 votes, Lynda Ellen Williams (Independent) 68 votes and Gary Bergin (The For Britain Movement) 26 votes.

The percentage of votes each candidate received can be read on Wirral Council’s website.

There were 5 rejected ballot papers.

Out of 11,399 people registered to vote, there were 2,128 ballot papers issued (2,123 votes plus 5 rejected ballot papers) which gives a turnout figure of 19%.

As Daisy Marie Kenny was elected in a byelection which was caused by the resignation of Sarah Spoor, she is elected to serve the remainder of Sarah Spoor’s term of office. Sarah Spoor was elected in 2019 for a 4 year term of office, so Daisy Marie Kenny is elected to May 2023.

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Labour Party ask the Hon. Mrs Justice Jennifer Eady DBE to keep report titled “The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism 2014-2019” confidential and for 70% of their legal costs

Labour Party ask the Hon. Mrs Justice Jennifer Eady DBE to keep report titled “The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism 2014-2019” confidential and for 70% of their legal costs

Labour Party ask the Hon. Mrs Justice Jennifer Eady DBE to keep report titled “The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism 2014-2019” confidential and for 70% of their legal costs

                                               

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK (resized). Picture credit sjiong, made available under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licence
Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK (resized). Picture credit sjiong, made available under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.

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Councillors heckled at meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Select Committee

Councillors heckled at meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Select Committee

Councillors heckled at meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Select Committee

                                

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Environment and Climate Change Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 16th December 2019 Part 1 of 5

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Environment and Climate Change Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 16th December 2019 Part 2 of 5

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Environment and Climate Change Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 16th December 2019 Part 3 of 5

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Environment and Climate Change Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 16th December 2019 Part 4 of 5

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Environment and Climate Change Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 16th December 2019 Part 5 of 5

Environment and Climate Change Committee (Liverpool City Council) 17th December 2019
Environment and Climate Change Committee (Liverpool City Council) 17th December 2019

Liverpool, always the home of progressivism had suffered a bit of a setback to its revolutionary verve of late and a public meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Environment and Climate Change Select Committee happened like a Balzacian play about the Ancien Régime set in the time of the French Revolution (indeed one suggestion made during the meeting was for a citizens’ assembly).
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