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LEADER of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson has stressed the importance of borough councillors attending meetings.

This week, we publish further figures - obtained under the Freedom of Information Act - of which members have the best and worst records.

This week, we publish further figures - obtained under the Freedom of Information Act - of which members have the best and worst records.

Last month, we reported that on average, Labour Party members attended just 80 per cent of council meetings over the past 12 months, 12 per cent less than the Tories.

The Greens, previously attacked by Labour for low attendance, were two per cent higher at 82. The Liberal Democrats attended 89 per cent.

Coun Meeson, said: “It’s extremely important that we have full attendance by members at meetings, otherwise how can they have a voice?

“It is a big commitment- some members have young families and work commitments but you shouldn’t put yourself up for election if you’re not willing to make the sacrifices needed.”

Leader of the Labour group, Coun David Jamieson, argued there was more to attendance than simply showing up.

“All our party members make regular and forceful contributions at the meetings, unlike the Greens who often sit there and don’t say anything.

“We put great store on the attendance of meetings and always substitute where we can.

“But younger people find it difficult to juggle work, a family and keep up their attendance to council meetings. It’s one of the problems of local government.”

 

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