There was a meeting of Camden Council on Monday, 26th March. As part of my accountability to residents, below are the actions I took at the meeting.
- I spoke and voted in favour of the motion to lobby to make misogyny an aggravating factor for sentencing and for the police to record violence motivated by hatred of women as hate crimes. I also used the speech to criticise a colleague that had earlier that evening made a chauvinistic comment. The motion was agreed unanimously. (R)
- I seconded and voted for a motion to suspend the standing orders – which state that the meeting has to stop at 10pm – to allow time for the remaining motions to be held. There had been a motion coming up simply stating, non-partisanly, “This Council urges the Cabinet to restore weekly bin collections for all residents.” This was an opportunity for all councillors to put on the record whether they wanted to restore weekly bin collections: completely separate from any other issues. Sadly, Labour voted against suspending the standing orders, so there wasn’t time for the substantive motion on bin collections. Obviously, I would have voted for the substantive motion. (M)
- I tabled an amendment to Labour’s horribly party-partisan motion trying to politicise knife crime. My amendment would have removed the unnecessary politicisation and created a consensual position whereby Camden acknowledges that it must act itself (rather than just blaming central government), while simultaneously committing the Council to lobbying government for more funding. I was disappointed that this wasn’t heard, due to lack of time, but even more disappointed that Labour councillors were due to oppose this motion. Camden needs a united front on knife crime, not party-partisanship. (M*)
You can see a full round-up of meetings this year here.