The Motion which was not properly discussed at last night’s Extraordinary General Meeting in Peterborough was this:
The full text reads as follows:
AGENDA ITEM No. 3
13 APRIL 2016
MOTIONS ON NOTICE
The following notice of motion has been received in accordance with the Council’s Standing Order 13.1:
1. Motion from Councillor Ferris, Councillor Fower, Councillor Johnson, Councillor Knowles, Councillor Murphy, Councillor Sandford and Councillor Shaheed
Council notes the announcement by the Chancellor of a devolution deal for the East in his Budget on 16 March; but regrets that the deal, in its current form, is not acceptable to this Council.
Council requests that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Local Government to bring this resolution to his attention.
The proposed East Anglia Devolution Agreement can be found at the following link:
A hard copy of the document will be available in each Group Room.”
But this was not debated. Instead:
The wishy washy “Holdich Amendment” was passed.
You wouldn’t pick up what happened if you just watched the BBC News at 10pm (which I did and which Cambridge City Council members may have done). And if you looked for what follows on the council’s website, you wouldn’t find it (as I write).
The council did publish it on its Twitter profile: ***
Cllr Holdich is now proposing an amendment to the original motion pic.twitter.com/K75VrhvGvd
— Peterborough Council (@PeterboroughCC) April 13, 2016
The ruling Conservative Party’s Holdich Amendment was discussed and voted FOR. It thus becoming the substantive motion and the only item which could be voted on. This removed any opportunity to discuss the original motion. It also positioned the council as unhappy, but wishing to remain in the conversation. At least one councillor believes that the city would have been excluded from discussions on the “proposed East Anglia Devolution Agreement” #ToryDevolution #EasternPowerhouse or what I think it is: #PseudoDevolution had it voted FOR the Ferris Motion.