How would a school report on Wirral Council councillors read?

How would a school report on Wirral Council councillors read?

                                    

By John Brace – Local Government Sketch Writer

Annual rent from Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm (one pinecone from Bidston Hill)
Annual rent from Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm (one pinecone from Bidston Hill)

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WIRRAL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL
BRIGHTON STREET
SEACOMBE
CH44 8ED

NAME Councillors
CLASS Wirral

ENGLISH You have worked hard. Some very good speeches have been produced. For some your zeal has led to problems. Great progress since May has been made.

You love using words. This may be a surprise to you but things don’t always go the way that you want. You are right that the tone of debate needed to change. That is within your gift to do.
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Is the decision to close 2 Walk In Centres at Moreton and New Ferry last week unlawful?

Is the decision to close 2 Walk In Centres at Moreton and New Ferry last week unlawful?

Is the decision to close 2 Walk In Centres at Moreton and New Ferry last week unlawful?

                                    

Joint Strategic Commissioning Board (Wirral Council) 9th July 2019 Left Co-Chair Cllr Chris Jones Right Co-Chair Dr Paula Cowan
Joint Strategic Commissioning Board (Wirral Council) 9th July 2019 Left Co-Chair Cllr Chris Jones Right Co-Chair Dr Paula Cowan

The author is currently a party to an Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) case where one of the multiple grounds of appeal is that the decision subject to judicial review is alleged to have been made by the wrong people.

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Joint Strategic Commissioning Board (Wirral Council) 9th July 2019 Part 1 of 2

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Joint Strategic Commissioning Board (Wirral Council) 9th July 2019 Part 2 of 2

Last week I was present at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Joint Strategic Commissioning Board (videos above) and a decision made solely by the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (Wirral CCG) individuals on the Joint Board was made to close two walk in centres at Moreton and New Ferry.
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Cllr Pat Hackett elected Leader of Wirral Council with 31 votes to Cllr Ian Lewis’ 25

Cllr Pat Hackett elected Leader of Wirral Council with 31 votes to Cllr Ian Lewis’ 25

Cllr Pat Hackett elected Leader of Wirral Council with 31 votes to Cllr Ian Lewis’ 25

                                          

Cllr Pat Hackett (Leader of Wirral Council) 14th May 2019
Cllr Pat Hackett (Leader of Wirral Council) 14th May 2019

UPDATED by JB 19.5.19 to include extra video clip.

There were two candidates for Leader of Wirral Council yesterday evening (14th May 2019). Both made a five minute speech before the vote.

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Annual Meeting (Wirral Council) (Part 2) 14th May 2019 Part 1 of 2 – Leader of the Council

Cllr Pat Hackett (Leader of the Labour councillors) spoke first (you can watch his speech above). He said that as no party had a majority this would if councillors allowed it create a “vacuum of leadership”. Cllr Hackett said that he was “determined that we as elected Members will provide the leadership the Borough is crying out for”.
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In the age of foodbanks what did “distinguished guests” eat on the evening Cllr Tony Smith was made Mayor of Wirral?

In the age of foodbanks what did “distinguished guests” eat on the evening Cllr Tony Smith was made Mayor of Wirral?

In the age of foodbanks what did “distinguished guests” eat on the evening Cllr Tony Smith was made Mayor of Wirral?

                                                  

Retiring Mayor Cllr Geoffrey Watt 13th May 2019
Retiring Mayor Cllr Geoffrey Watt 13th May 2019

UPDATED by JB on 19.5.19 to include detail on organisation doing catering and video clips of the public meeting on the 13th May.

UPDATED by JB on 24.5.19 to correct spelling of pâté

Yesterday’s public meeting of Wirral Council saw outgoing Mayor Cllr Geoffrey Watt (pictured above) leave and incoming Mayor Cllr Tony Smith start his term of office. Cllr George Davies is Deputy Civic Mayor this year.

In this age of food banks, I thought a list of the food served to over a hundred “distinguished guests” present should be made public. The catering was done this year by Wirral Metropolitan College.
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Who wants to leave Wirral Council (at a cost of £146,666)?

Who wants to leave Wirral Council (at a cost of £146,666)?

Who wants to leave Wirral Council (at a cost of £146,666)?

                                    

Fiona Johnstone (Acting Director for Strategy and Partnerships) (Wirral Council) Health and Wellbeing Board 14th March 2018
Fiona Johnstone (Acting Director for Strategy and Partnerships) (Wirral Council) Health and Wellbeing Board 14th March 2018

This is a follow up article to What is Wirral Council trying to cover up now? which also ties in to this Freedom of Information request (first refused on s.43 (commercial interests) grounds, then at internal review on s.22 grounds (information intended for future publication).
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