Trade Union protests are OK – that’s the message from Lambeth Conservatives in an amendment to a Labour motion at next Wednesday’s Lambeth council meeting.
OK – News From Crystal Palace is being a bit tongue in cheek here because the motion deals with the serious issue of abortion and protests which the Labour motion brands as intimidation outside three BPAS clinics in the borough.
The amendment (in bold type) reads This council believes:
That the right to protest and freedom of speech are important fundamental rights, and that there are strongly held views on both sides of the abortion debate.
Another amendment to the same motion reads:
No peaceful protest or free expression or free assembly taking place within the requirements of law should be prevented by this council, including peaceful trade union protests.
A second Tory amendment also adds a new paragraph:
To respect the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, including Freedom of Expression (Article 10) and Freedom of Assembly and Association (Article 11), and to reassert our commitment to human rights enshrined in law.
But – Tories backing trade union protests? Whatever next? Labour-controlled Lambeth council scrapping Homes for Lambeth???????? Libraries re-opening as libraries and not as community hubs or partial gyms?
This could get interesting: If Labour councillors vote against the amendments does that mean they are now opposed to both trade union demos AND human rights?
Cue one of the possible items in next week’s Lambethwatch: LAMBETH LABOUR VOTES TO OPPOSE HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACEFUL TRADE UNION DEMOS …? Watch this space.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS LAMBETH COUNCIL MEETING?
The official ‘minutes’ of the council meeting held at Kennington Oval on December 18th 2017 and which appear in next week’s agenda for the Lambeth council meeting say the following occurred:
2. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC
The Mayor was of the opinion that in anticipation of further disorder, and in order for council business to be properly considered, the public should be excluded from the remainder of the meeting. The Press were permitted to remain.
News From Crystal Palace feels the latter part of this should actually read:
The remainder of the meeting was held in a different room. News From Crystal Palace was only allowed in after an opposition councilor insisted on it. (A BBC TV crew was already in the room where the rest of the meeting took place).
OTHER MOTIONS AT NEXT WEEK’S COUNCIL MEETING
Next week’s council meeting has various motions on the agenda, including the following:
Motion 1 on ‘Social mobility in Labour-Lambeth and Conservative-run Wandsworth’ being proposed by the Conservatives begins:
The Council notes that next-door Conservative-run Wandsworth is now the 4th best place in the country for disadvantaged children to do well in life, according to the Labour-led national Social Mobility Commission.
Labour’s amendment to the Conservative motion begins:
The Council notes that Lambeth is the 17th best place in the country out of 324 local authorities (and next-door Conservative-run Wandsworth is now the 4th best place in the country) for disadvantaged children to do well in life, according to the Government’s Social Mobility Commission.