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Covid 19: a letter from the Corporation to all residents

City councillors have been given the following text to send to their resident constituents. The only City councillor who lives on our estate is Sue Pearson. She is already doing a lot to help residents who need it, both by herself and with volunteers through the GLE Covid 19 HUB. You can contact her on…
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Added by GLE Website Comms Team on March 31, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments

THE LORD MAYOR AND THE ELEPHANT



A previous post The Last Word…Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin illustrates how the City Corporation spins its mistakes into achievements. It’s done it again. Here’s a press release announcing a reform of the selection process for the Lord Mayor: …

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Added by Graeme Harrower on March 8, 2020 at 16:53 — No Comments

CITY CORPORATION FORCED TO CONFRONT WINDS OF CHANGE

On 11 February the Telegraph published this article describing some of the many issues affecting the City Corporation:  City of London Corporation forced to confront winds of change…
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Added by Graeme Harrower on February 13, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

THE LAST WORD….Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin

The recent climb down by the City Corporation's Standards Committee over its dispensations policy was a victory for residents. The Standards Chair, though, has tried to spin it as an achievement of her committee. What follows is her “delighted” announcement and my satirical response, which reminds the Court of Common Council that it was the persistence of residents that compelled the Standards Committee to reverse its policy.

 

The fact that in a period of more than a…

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Added by Graeme Harrower on February 10, 2020 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Could you volunteer to host a refugee?

I came across this charity which is doing very important and relevant work. If you want to find out more, please have a look at their website or contact them.

"Refugees At Home, a small charity, working largely in London but across the UK, has enabled hosting for four years now. It currently has about 120 people hosted every night and has found refugees somewhere safe, warm and dry to sleep for more…

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Added by Paul Lincoln on February 2, 2020 at 17:03 — No Comments

DOWNFALL OF THE CITY CORPORATION'S DISPENSATIONS POLICY

This is the text of an email that I sent to all members of the Court of Common Council on 27 January:

SUMMARY

During the last 15 months, the Standards Committee has done a 170 degree turn on its dispensations policy, ending with the decision at its meeting last Friday to abandon the restriction on granting dispensations to vote “only in exceptional circumstances”, and to require democracy to be taken into account when granting such…

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Added by Graeme Harrower on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 — No Comments

The latest on the City’s “standards” shambles….

For the last five months, three resident councillors have been trying to obtain general “dispensations” from the City’s standards committee to speak and vote on behalf of their constituents on matters which affect those councillors no more than any of their constituents. In any other local authority, where 100% of the councillors are elected by residents, it would be taken for granted that councillors speak and vote on matters affecting those who elected them. But in the City, where…

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Added by Graeme Harrower on January 23, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

Alderman insinuates that I’m a criminal

At the meeting of the Court of Common Council in July, Alderman Ian Luder put a “question” to the Chair of the Standards Committee that attempted to cast a slur on my character by insinuating that I was engaging in some kind of criminal activity.

His “question” was as follows:

“Could the Chairman of the Standards Committee confirm the rumours that a Member has made a claim for rights of light arising from the construction of COLPAI. If so, has the claim been settled, and…

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Added by Sue Pearson on August 23, 2019 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

More dealings with the Standards Committee

Extract of email sent on 15 July 2019 from Councillor Sue Pearson to the Standards Committee

"The current dispensations policy – which claims to “maintain public confidence” - was demolished three months ago when, in a petition, residents demonstrated that the policy had the opposite effect. The public’s view of an acceptable dispensations policy was recently articulated in four identical requests for general dispensations which the Dispensations Sub-Committee…

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Added by Sue Pearson on July 23, 2019 at 19:54 — No Comments

Put a stop to bullying in the Court of Common Council

I, like many other residents of the estate have been truly appalled by the treatment that our resident Councillor Sue Pearson was subjected to last year (2018)  because she spoke and voted at a meeting to prevent the planning permission for the COLPAI development to be delegated to Islington only.

The Monday morning meeting to vote on handing over planning powers was announced on the Friday before in what our local newspaper…

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Added by Jacqueline Swanson on September 8, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Cllr Graeme Harrower supporting residents' right to proper representation

Cllr Graeme Harrower (member for the business ward of Bassishaw) has long been concerned about the anti-resident bias of the Standards Committee. He supported me through the Standards Hearing that I had to endure last year (2018) and is a persistent advocate for residents' rights and Standards Committee reform. Below his latest emails to the Court of Common Council on the matter.

EMAIL FROM CLLR HARROWER THE COURT OF…

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Added by Sue Pearson on August 16, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

City Corporation Snubs Residents Again

In April the Court of Common Council was presented with a petition signed by over 1,100 City residents declaring 'no confidence' in the City's standards regime.The key issue being that resident Councillors are not able to represent their constituents on matters which affect their constituents no less than themselves without obtaining ‘dispensations’ that are…

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Added by GLE Website Comms Team on July 7, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF RESIDENT VOTERS - PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!

Dear Fellow Residents,

 

I am the only City of London councillor who lives on Golden Lane Estate. I’m being prevented from properly representing you, and from protecting and promoting our interests. You can help change this.

 

Background

Two years ago, I was elected with 558 votes - far more than any of the other 99 councillors in the City. I do not belong to a political party, and have no interest in a political career. I…

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Added by Sue Pearson on April 3, 2019 at 22:31 — 1 Comment

As Bernard Morgan House finally demolished government figures show City of London is as bad as the Isles of Scilly in building affordable homes

As the last piece of Bernard Morgan House is demolished and carted away, figures published this week by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that the City of London was in the bottom five local authorities when it comes…

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Added by Paul Lincoln on February 10, 2018 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

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