Anger as non-executive Harrow Borough Council cabinet roles 'removed'

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The leader of Harrow's Conservatives has attacked Labour for the removal of non-executive members on the council cabinet.

Earlier today Labour leader David Perry announced his new cabinet which will be appointed after a meeting of Harrow Borough Council on Thursday.

However he and his group have been attacked for apparently not allowing non-executive members from the opposition parties to sit on the cabinet.

Leader of the Tory group Susan Hall said: “I'm pleased to see Labour have continued the Conservative group's policy of having a separate portfolio holder for health, given the importance of looking after the well-being of Harrow's residents.

“However, it's disgraceful that Labour have gone back on their word and intend to remove the non-executive councillors from cabinet, giving the opposition far less opportunity to question and scrutinise the administration.

“It suggests Labour are either running scared or already have something to hide."

The role of non-executive cabinet members was introduced last year by then ruling Independent Labour group leader Thaya Idaikkadar.

However in response leader of the Labour group David Perry said: “Cllr Hall is whipping up a storm in a tea-cup with this issue.

“Therefore, in order to clarify the facts, the Labour Administration has not deleted the post of non-executive members to cabinet.

“We have made a commitment that the voluntary sector should form part of the scrutiny of cabinet and I shall be personally leading on this review, this also includes opposition councillors.

“The Labour administration has taken the immediate decision to reduce the paid allowances for this position, which was disgracefully increased last year, in a move which was supported by the Conservative leader Susan Hall following an agreed backroom deal with some former Independent councillors.”

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9:37am Wed 11 Jun 14

Cllr Susan Hall says...

David,

Tomorrow, your party plan to change the Council's rules so you are no longer obligated to have opposition councillors in non-executive positions on Cabinet. We have also been told by your Deputy Leader that you have no plans to appoint any opposition councillors onto Cabinet at this time, so you're deleting the role in all but name. And I'm amazed you have the time to lead the review into anything, given as far as I'm aware the only time you've been in the Civic Centre since the election was to have your Cabinet photo taken.

As for your clumsy attempt to shoehorn in a mention of the allowance - that's rich talk from the man who is also changing the rules to give higher allowances to his own councillors. And as much as you continue to insist there were any backroom deals during our last administration, there weren't. In fact the only deals I thought existed were the ones we had with you about non-executive positions and scrutiny of the administration, but you're now backing out of those.

So far from a storm in a tea cup - what's actually happening is Labour aren't even in administration yet, and they're already breaking promises all over the place.
David, Tomorrow, your party plan to change the Council's rules so you are no longer obligated to have opposition councillors in non-executive positions on Cabinet. We have also been told by your Deputy Leader that you have no plans to appoint any opposition councillors onto Cabinet at this time, so you're deleting the role in all but name. And I'm amazed you have the time to lead the review into anything, given as far as I'm aware the only time you've been in the Civic Centre since the election was to have your Cabinet photo taken. As for your clumsy attempt to shoehorn in a mention of the allowance - that's rich talk from the man who is also changing the rules to give higher allowances to his own councillors. And as much as you continue to insist there were any backroom deals during our last administration, there weren't. In fact the only deals I thought existed were the ones we had with you about non-executive positions and scrutiny of the administration, but you're now backing out of those. So far from a storm in a tea cup - what's actually happening is Labour aren't even in administration yet, and they're already breaking promises all over the place. Cllr Susan Hall
  • Score: -7

12:26pm Wed 11 Jun 14

pravinshah1 says...

The opposition leader must be really frustrated to speak to her councillor colleague and potential leader of the council through these columns while the council structure provides ample opportunities for point scoring. Perhaps the disgraceful slide to opposition position is too much for Hall to live with.

It is a share waste of public money to appoint and pay non-voting councillors from the opposition to the cabinet which only provides the opposition opportunities to show off in public.

I congratulate Cllr Perry and the Labour group in a wise step to remove a move which was supported by the Conservative leader Susan Hall following an agreed backroom deal with some former Independent councillors.

I also congratulate Cllr Hall for being Politically Immature which showed during its short-lived council administration. What she did was to create a ‘culture of fear' at the civic centre, marked by the resignation of the chief executive, followed by some key directors leaving – officers only appeared to be able to do what they were told to do.
The opposition leader must be really frustrated to speak to her councillor colleague and potential leader of the council through these columns while the council structure provides ample opportunities for point scoring. Perhaps the disgraceful slide to opposition position is too much for Hall to live with. It is a share waste of public money to appoint and pay non-voting councillors from the opposition to the cabinet which only provides the opposition opportunities to show off in public. I congratulate Cllr Perry and the Labour group in a wise step to remove a move which was supported by the Conservative leader Susan Hall following an agreed backroom deal with some former Independent councillors. I also congratulate Cllr Hall for being Politically Immature which showed during its short-lived council administration. What she did was to create a ‘culture of fear' at the civic centre, marked by the resignation of the chief executive, followed by some key directors leaving – officers only appeared to be able to do what they were told to do. pravinshah1
  • Score: 4

7:14pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Harrow Alan says...

I see the Husain Akhtar/Pravin Shah human centipede is still offering up political insight that precisely nobody wants or asked for.
I see the Husain Akhtar/Pravin Shah human centipede is still offering up political insight that precisely nobody wants or asked for. Harrow Alan
  • Score: 3

8:43pm Wed 11 Jun 14

diligaf says...

pravinshah1... thanks for the true comments, I couldn't have put it better myself ....Cllr Hall very very immature indeed. She did create a culture of fear and everything else you said was correct also, we will no doubt still see her on here week in week out with her constant drivel against all and sundry, pity the Times cant put a bar on her doing so....
pravinshah1... thanks for the true comments, I couldn't have put it better myself ....Cllr Hall very very immature indeed. She did create a culture of fear and everything else you said was correct also, we will no doubt still see her on here week in week out with her constant drivel against all and sundry, pity the Times cant put a bar on her doing so.... diligaf
  • Score: 3

11:04pm Wed 11 Jun 14

pravinshah1 says...

Harrow Alan, I see that you have not learnt anything in last few months. Well, keep it up.
Harrow Alan, I see that you have not learnt anything in last few months. Well, keep it up. pravinshah1
  • Score: -3

12:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Ray J. says...

Haha councillors venting on comment sections? That's a news story in itself. Screenshotting. What's next, twitter flamewars?
Haha councillors venting on comment sections? That's a news story in itself. Screenshotting. What's next, twitter flamewars? Ray J.
  • Score: 0

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