Vale of Glamorgan independent councillor Kevin Mahoney has today lodged a an official protest ahead of tonight’s meeting of the full council which is due to discuss the forthcoming E.U. Referendum.
On the council’s agenda tonight is an item on the “European Union Referendum and Welsh Local Government Association Position” along with a “copy of the report to Cabinet” . The agenda states that “ The recommendations of Cabinet will be tabled at the Council Meeting.”
Cllr Mahoney ( Independent Sully) has emailed all members of the Vale Council and its officers pointing out that the EU Referendum has nothing to do with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and that the authority should not be using council staff, resources and the council’s email database to distribute what he calls “Labour EU propaganda”.
Cllr Mahoney’s email says: –
“Can I point out that it is not the remit of the Vale of Glamorgan County Council to be issuing statements in support or not in support of a National Referendum on EU membership.
“We have of course already previously witnessed the labour leader of this council [Cllr Neil Moore Labour Cadoc Ward, Barry] using council staff, resources and of course the council Email database to distribute labour party EU propaganda from a labour MEP during the course of this council term.”
“I’m not aware of the WLGA canvassing individual councillors in any sort of ballot on the subject before making their pronouncement either, which questions their mandate to do so.”
” Can I request that this abuse of council time and resources be deleted from this evening’s meeting?”
Signed Kevin Mahoney Cllr Sully Ward
The report to be considered by the full council tonight is reproduced below : –
The Vale of Glamorgan Council meeting takes place at 18:00 tonight at its Barry HQ.