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.

Dexter Jerome Smith

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.”

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