Keith attended a meeting at the Council House today to discuss a draft report on Neighbourhood Offices. This is a carry over from the last municipal year when he sat on the Local services committee.
Later that evening it was off to Kings Norton for the Northfield Constituency Committee. As it was the first one of the year it was mostly procedural stuff concerning budgets, governance etc. It was a little bit controversial as both Labour Councillors feel that they should have positions on governing bodies regardless of the difference in numbers between Conservative and Labour Councillors. Having lost lost seats steadily over the years I suppose they feel a little bit embattled but if they want more places on these bodies they have to take more seats. If the people of Northfield vote Conservative who are we to force Labour Councillors on them. If they continue to lose seats at this rate we would have to import Labour Councillors.
Our MP was also trying his best to stir things as well, he complained about our meetings being on evenings when he is unable to attend but we are no different to many Labour run Constituencies who also have Labour MPs. With the money they make these days I am sure he can afford to send someone along to represent him, in fact he already does.
He also complained that there was not enough consultation about the redevelopment of the Frankley Centre despite most people on Frankley feeling consulted to death and crying out for action. In this he was aided and abetted by one of the Parish Councillors whose political affiliations are well known. It looks like being a long election campaign.