When is a recorded vote not a recorded vote? When you vote against a motion to record it!

13 Dec

A very odd situation at Devon County Council.  Councillor Brazil (Lib Dem)  seconded by independent councillor Claire Wright, condemned the consequences if the National Planning Policy Framework, which Conservative Leader John Hart had complained about in an open letter to the government, see

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-23977843

No brainer you would think, except the Conservatives (including Councillor Hart) refused to back it!  Councillor Wright then asked, as is her right, for a recorded vote showing in the minutes who had voted against the motion.  Here comes the twist: according to the DCC Constitution it is then possible to vote on whether to allow the recorded vote and they voted not to record!

This procedure effectively means that the majority party (whichever it is) has the power to refuse a recorded vote.  So we, the voters, can never check who voted for or against in these circumstances.

Rum do!

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One Response to “When is a recorded vote not a recorded vote? When you vote against a motion to record it!”

  1. Tim December 14, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    A tactic not unfamiliar to many Tories at EDDC.
    Frankly I think all votes should be recorded and any councillor who is against the idea isn’t worth electing
    You can check how your MP votes.

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