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Conduct of West Wiltshire District Council

EDM (Early Day Motion) 267: tabled on 09 January 1990

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has received 4 amendments.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Amendments to this motion

There have been 4 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House condemns the way Councillor Bruce Bennett, Chairman of West Wiltshire District Council, on 8th January suspended from duty Mr Latham, the Chief Executive, partly because he was not prepared to participate in a cover-up of certain council activities and financial transactions and wished to provide answers to certain questions submitted by Councillor Maurice O'Gorman as part of his normal Councillor's duties; supports Mr Latham in wishing to see a democratic and open administration at West Wiltshire District Council; regards as fraudulent the way in which the Council's profitable computer software operations were transferred to a company called West Wiltshire Information Systems, the major founder shareholders of which were Mr Garland, the Council's former Chief Executive, and Mr Perkins, the Council's former Chief Rating Officer, and Mr Maslen, the Council's former solicitor, all of whom drew Council staff salaries at the same time they were receiving salaries from West Wiltshire Information Systems and notes information has not been provided indicating that any payment has been made to the Council for the software operations although this has been requested; notes the Council has been run behind closed doors by Councillors Bennett, Pearce and Self with the help of a few officers including the Deputy Chief Executive; welcomes the fact that the District Auditor has all the files and information necessary to carry out a full investigation; and expects him to do this as quickly as possible bearing in mind there has been such a loss of confidence in the Council by the electorate.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 11 January 1990
Islington North
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 10 January 1990
Easington
Davies, Mr Ron
Labour
Signed on 19 January 1990
Caerphilly
Graham, Mr Tommy
Labour
Signed on 18 January 1990
Renfrew West and Inverclyde
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 10 January 1990
Bridgend
Hardy, Peter
Labour
Signed on 11 January 1990
Wentworth
Haynes, Frank
Labour
Signed on 12 January 1990
Ashfield
Hoyle, Doug
Labour
Signed on 29 January 1990
Warrington North
Hughes, John
Labour
Signed on 15 January 1990
Coventry North East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 11 January 1990
Barnsley Central
Madden, Max
Labour
Signed on 29 January 1990
Bradford West
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 10 January 1990
Dundee East
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 15 January 1990
Makerfield
McKelvey, William
Labour
Signed on 10 January 1990
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 10 January 1990
Sheffield, Heeley
Murphy, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 11 January 1990
Torfaen
Primarolo, Dawn
Labour
Signed on 11 January 1990
Bristol South
Rogers, Mr Allan
Labour
Signed on 25 January 1990
Rhondda
Rooker, Mr Jeff
Labour
Signed on 11 January 1990
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 10 January 1990
Dundee West
Thompson, Jack
Labour
Signed on 23 January 1990
Wansbeck
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 12 January 1990
Leicester East
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 10 January 1990
Liverpool, West Derby
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 23 January 1990
Preston
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 16 January 1990
Glasgow, Provan

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

Conduct of West Wiltshire District Council (Amendment 1)
Leave out 'Mr Garland'.
Liberal Democrat, Southport
3
signatures
EDM 267A1: tabled on 15 January 1990
Conduct of West Wiltshire District Council (Amendment 2)
Leave out 'Mr Perkins'.
Liberal Democrat, Southport
3
signatures
EDM 267A2: tabled on 15 January 1990
Conduct of West Wiltshire District Council (Amendment 3)
Leave out 'Mr Maslen'.
Liberal Democrat, Southport
3
signatures
EDM 267A3: tabled on 15 January 1990
Conduct of West Wiltshire District Council (Amendment 4)
Leave out from 'Executive' to end and add 'and endorses the action of those Councillors including the main opposition Liberal Democrat Group at the special Council meeting on 3rd January in calling upon Mr Bennett to resign from the Chairmanship following his refusal to publicly back the decision of the Chief Executive in calling in the District Auditor.'.
Liberal Democrat, Southport
3
signatures
EDM 267A4: tabled on 15 January 1990