Statement by leader of Havering Council to be debated at council meeting

Councillors will be able to debate the leader’s speech for the first time in the history of Havering.

An additional council meeting will take place at Havering Town Hall on Wednesday, June 13.

Leader of the Labour group on the council, Cllr Keith Darvill (Heaton), said: “Normally we do not get the opportunity. It’s a total dictatorship and we usually don’t get our chance to have a say.”

As well as discussing the leader’s statement in detail, the agenda for the night also includes members’ questions and announcements by the mayor.


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Labour put forward a motion on the council’s constitutional arrangements and the Independent Local Residents’ Group want to discuss the right to buy scheme.

Cllr David Durrant, (Independent Local Residents’ Group, Rainham and Wennington) welcomed the move.

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He said: “Usually when the leader makes his speech, there are always points that you can come back on, so this meeting is a chance for the opposition to critique any part of the leader’s speech.”

Cllr Darvill said: “We are hoping that this is going to be a regular thing.”

Leader of the Council Michael White said that he welcomed the decision by the opposition groups and was looking forward to the meeting.

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