This is the text of an email that I sent to all members of the Court of Common Council on 27 January:
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…Continue
Added by Graeme Harrower on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Graeme Harrower on January 23, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Sue Pearson on July 23, 2019 at 19:54 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jacqueline Swanson on September 8, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Sue Pearson on August 16, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by GLE Website Comms Team on July 7, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments
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.
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…Continue