Labour councillors have slammed today's decision by Mayor Rayner to hold the 'vote of no confidence' extra-ordinary council meeting late at night after the conclusion of the main Full Council meeting on 4 November.
Labour called the extra-ordinary meeting following the publication of a damning external report into legal and governance failures.
Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: "This is an outrageous decision to hold the extra-ordinary meeting at the conclusion of the next Full Council meeting, which often doesn’t finish before 10pm. The Tories are obviously running scared that they won’t be able to get all their members to the meeting in time for the vote of no confidence. With a majority of just one, they clearly are feeling a bit vulnerable.
"The usual practice is to hold extra-ordinary meetings an hour just prior to the Full Council meeting – this means that all councillors can attend and that members of the public are more likely to attend.
"Once again the Tories show contempt for open and transparent debate on serious issues."
1. The email sent to all councillors this afternoon reads:
"TO: ALL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL
I am writing to formally advise that, following receipt of a request from over five members in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 3, the Mayor has called an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council. This will take place on Tuesday 4th November at 9.00pm or on the conclusion of the ordinary Council meeting that night, whichever is the later.
A formal summons is being prepared for publication this afternoon."
2. For details of Labour's call for the Extra Ordinary Meeting see:
For more information contact Cllr Alison Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568