Council meeting descends into ‘farce’ after Dexter proposes filling on “void in standards”
From the Slough Observer:
‘FARCICAL’ scenes erupted at a council meeting during a debate about proposals to improve councillors’ standards.
Conservative councillor Dexter Smith moved a motion calling for stricter controls for any councillor found in breach of planning, licensing or trading standards regulations, to fill a ‘void in standards’.
The motion stirred up a lengthy heated debate between Labour and opposition councillors at a full Slough Borough Council meeting on Tuesday.
With emotions still running high, a heated altercation ended with Conservative councillor Wayne Strutton asking deputy leader Cllr James Swindlehurst to ‘come outside’ at the end of the meeting.
Cllr Strutton said:
“I am disappointed in myself for sinking to their level, but the meeting became an absolute farce.”
Cllr Swindlehurst said:
“I don’t know how they can spend half an hour talking about standards and then behave that way.”
Ruth Bagley, SBC chief executive, said:
“In the cold light of day a couple of members might regret things they said but Slough is known for its political knockabout and lively council meetings.”