Borough Council meeting recorded for the first time!

Thursday, 13th September 2018

A MEETING of Tamworth Borough Council was recorded for the first time last night, Tuesday 11 September.

In an exclusive first, Tamworth Informed took their cameras into the Council Chamber and recorded the Council Meeting from start to finish, to enable our readers to watch and to create a full public record.

Although members of the public are invited to each Council meeting, we are aware that not everyone can make it, for various reasons.

The meeting, which lasted almost 2 and a half hours discussed two main topics and there were also questions from councillors to the Cabinet members.

One of the main topics discussed was whether there should be Prayers at the full Council meeting, prior to any other matters being discussed. There was much debate on this subject and the decision was made, by vote that in the light of modern times prayers should be held before the Mayor opens the formal part of a full council meeting.

When the meeting is in order the Mayor will be informed by the Deputy or assistant to make their entry in the traditional way and the Mayor will then open the meeting with a ‘thought of the day’ style comment to remind attendees why the Council exists.

The second topic discussed was as to whether the Council should endorse Amnesty International UK’s Against Hate Campaign and the adoption of the Amnesty International motion to condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes.

The Amnesty International UK motion:

“We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. Our council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable.

We will work to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources they need to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia.

We reassure all people living in this area that they are valued members of our community.”

A ‘Named Vote’ took place and the decision was made that the Council would endorse the Amnesty International campaign.

One Councillor present abstained and the remained of the Councillors present voted ‘for’ the motion.

To see the names, watch our exclusive video.

You can also learn more about the role of Borough Councillors in our interview below.