BNP Leader Alby Walker has hit out after Mr Ibbs was sent to Zagreb for a 5 day health conference in place of Jean Bowers who is the portfolio holder for health.
Mrs Bowers was unable to go to Croatia for family reasons and asked Mr Ibbs (portfolio holder for children's services) to go in her place. This outraged Alby Walker who felt that as Chairman of the council's Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee he should have gone instead of Mr Ibbs! He also was not happy that he was only told about the trip on Monday of this week.
Mr Walker said "Councillor Bowers pulled out and asked Councillor Ibbs to go.
"But when Jean Bowers pulled out of a presentation three weeks ago, I was called at the last minute to stand in for her.
"So, when there's a job to be done, I'm asked to help, but when it's a nice trip somewhere, I'm not.
"Why Roger Ibbs was asked to go, I do not know.
"As councillors, we find most of our information out from reading The Sentinel and that is appalling."
Mrs Bowers defended her decision to send Mr Ibbs by saying that it "Was by no means political" and that she had "asked the council officers to draw up a protocol should a similar situation arise in the future"
This to me highlights how undemocratic the mayoral system is. It seems only right that Alby Walker should have gone to this conference in his capacity but because he is not a part of the EMB he was totally overlooked.
This backs up my case that it is pointless having 60 elected representatives on our council when anything of any importance is decided between the Elected Mayor and his band of Merrymen/woman!
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