A fine line

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I WAS concerned to read about Coun Scott being temporarily deprived of the Labour whip for failing to vote in line with his party’s stance on expenses and allowances.

Removing the whip should only be reserved for a politician who is unwilling to publicly accept the corporate views of colleagues. We don’t know if that opportunity was accorded to Coun Scott before the sanction was imposed, but I hope that it was.

Likewise, I hope councillors were permitted to air individual views beforehand, in committee. But does the earlier resignation of Lynn Jeffries hint of the whip being applied during pre-meetings?

That would stifle later debate in public committee meetings.

York’s Labour group has my broad support at present, but I’m unhappy with this latest manifestation of possible internal strife.

There is a fine line to be drawn between discipline and democracy, and Labour’s leader should perhaps assure the electorate that he is juggling these requirements fairly.

Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, Holgate, York.

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3:00pm Wed 5 Dec 12

ak7274 says...

I am also at a loss as to why Mr Scott had the whip removed. As he was until recently at the helm of the party before being removed via a questionable coup, I wonder if there isn't an agenda, as to have it removed as Paul says should only be done with utmost care. Are the wheels coming off the band wagon?
I am also at a loss as to why Mr Scott had the whip removed. As he was until recently at the helm of the party before being removed via a questionable coup, I wonder if there isn't an agenda, as to have it removed as Paul says should only be done with utmost care. Are the wheels coming off the band wagon? ak7274
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