It was up to them

I REFER to the letter from the chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, Paul Tuthill, in the February 8 edition of the Malvern Gazette.

Despite no direct communication from him on this matter, he seems determined to drag out his misconceptions through the press.

The earlier South Worcestershire Development Plan vote through council was prior to the final publication of the plan and therefore could not be held safe.

In fact, recommendations from the Council Policy Group at that meeting were fed through to the SWDP process and some included in the final recommendations.

He is correct that the whip is not used in specific planning application matters. However, in strategic and spatial planning policy matters he is not correct. It was the Conservative group who voted on the imposition of a whip, not just me as leader.

However, the whip is a statement to members of the importance of a vote and requests their support.

It is for them to decide.

I understand the plan is not popular with everyone, but it is the only mechanism we have to control the rush of planning applications.

Members now need to put their efforts behind making best use of the opportunity the plan givesMalvern Hills.

In respecting the decision now taken by council, the chairman should be expected to take a lead.

DAVID HUGHES

Leader of the council

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11:46am Fri 22 Feb 13

sarah and her chickens says...

Nice to see Hughes has done as he was told like a good boy. Having seen him at the council meeting on Tuesday I feel he should stand down now. On two crucial votes his behaviour at meetings has been questionable,his own party have no respect for him and he quite clearly is in command of a ship sinking fast from public lack of confidence.
The whole council is in a shambles. Even his deputy admitted that tge way they ended up in this mess over wheelie bins needs investigating ! That surely says it all. Time to go Mr Hughes
Nice to see Hughes has done as he was told like a good boy. Having seen him at the council meeting on Tuesday I feel he should stand down now. On two crucial votes his behaviour at meetings has been questionable,his own party have no respect for him and he quite clearly is in command of a ship sinking fast from public lack of confidence. The whole council is in a shambles. Even his deputy admitted that tge way they ended up in this mess over wheelie bins needs investigating ! That surely says it all. Time to go Mr Hughes sarah and her chickens

12:26pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Casmal says...

So, a whip "requests their support" and "it is up to them to decide." If this is what David Hughes seriously believes, I suggest he buys a new dictionary. The term comes from hunting usage "whipping in" to stop errant hounds from straying. In political terms it is an instruction for members to attend and vote according to party lines. It is a disciplinary measure - the clue is in the name.
So, a whip "requests their support" and "it is up to them to decide." If this is what David Hughes seriously believes, I suggest he buys a new dictionary. The term comes from hunting usage "whipping in" to stop errant hounds from straying. In political terms it is an instruction for members to attend and vote according to party lines. It is a disciplinary measure - the clue is in the name. Casmal

11:21am Sat 23 Feb 13

js says...

I would be much happier knowing my District Councillor (and indeed my MP) voted for what their constituents wanted, not what some faceless person (in Whitehall?) forced them to vote for.

Shouldn't this be what 'localism' is all about?
I would be much happier knowing my District Councillor (and indeed my MP) voted for what their constituents wanted, not what some faceless person (in Whitehall?) forced them to vote for. Shouldn't this be what 'localism' is all about? js

4:43pm Sat 23 Feb 13

sarah and her chickens says...

Casmal wrote:
So, a whip "requests their support" and "it is up to them to decide." If this is what David Hughes seriously believes, I suggest he buys a new dictionary. The term comes from hunting usage "whipping in" to stop errant hounds from straying. In political terms it is an instruction for members to attend and vote according to party lines. It is a disciplinary measure - the clue is in the name.
Love this casmal.
Unfortunately Hughes is clueless !! That's why he has his sidekick and deputy swineburn pulling the strings for him........
[quote][p][bold]Casmal[/bold] wrote: So, a whip "requests their support" and "it is up to them to decide." If this is what David Hughes seriously believes, I suggest he buys a new dictionary. The term comes from hunting usage "whipping in" to stop errant hounds from straying. In political terms it is an instruction for members to attend and vote according to party lines. It is a disciplinary measure - the clue is in the name.[/p][/quote]Love this casmal. Unfortunately Hughes is clueless !! That's why he has his sidekick and deputy swineburn pulling the strings for him........ sarah and her chickens

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