Tory hits out at ‘dictatorial’ selection of Labour Parade guest list for The Queen’s visit

From the Slough Observer:

THE leader of the town’s Tory party has hit out at council bosses for an ‘inexcusable exclusion’ of opposition members from The Queen’s historic visit to Britwell earlier this month.

Councillor Anna Wright, leader of Slough Conservative Party, called the ‘Labour parade’ guest list to the event, on Friday, a ‘dictatorial’ disregard of residents and democratically-elected members.

In a letter, Cllr Wright said: “Slough Borough Council disingenuously ‘encouraged’ residents to meet and greet The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in Britwell. Yet, in reality, the event was shrouded in secrecy with little regard for residents and members alike. Indeed, the exclusion of opposition members was inexcusable given the historical background of the Britwell project.”

She said the former Tory-BILLD administration, which controlled the borough from 2004-08, played a major part in getting the project started – including starting a public consultation on Britwell regeneration plans.

Ms Bagley, in an email to Cllr Wright, said: “The Lord Lieutenant’s office approached me with a specific request for a community-based visit, i.e. that the Queen should meet people from within the local community.

“As part of that discussion they were very clear that it would be the volunteers and users of the centre who should be in the forefront. They were also clear that any political involvement should be kept to the minimum and be there because of their direct involvement in the project.”

She said the three Britwell councillors – including council leader Rob Anderson – were invited, along with cabinet members who were directly involved in the regeneration.

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