Tonight members of the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council are being asked to vote on what’s being described as a “political trap” being put before them by Council Leader Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) and his deputy, Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines).
Cllr Moore and Cllr Burnett’s earlier attempt to get the entire Vale Council to support another ‘political’ motion (supporting the “Remain” campaign in the E U Referendum) came badly unstuck when the majority of councillors refused to take such a vote.
Tonight however the pair are trying again – this time with a motion which has been described by one senior councillor as “a political trap”.
It reads:- “This Council believes that The Vale of Glamorgan has a proud tradition of welcoming people from around the world and that our diversity makes us stronger. All those who choose to work and live in the Vale of Glamorgan are valued and as elected representatives we pledge to stand together against hate and intolerance in our communities from wherever that comes and whether it is based on race, religion or belief, age, disability, political affiliation, sex or sexuality.”
Similar policies adopted by Labour-controlled Nottingham City Council have resulted in the appointment of a “Hate Crime Officer” in the council and a “Hate Crime Manager” at Nottinghamshire Police – who now define hate crime as ” simply any incident, which may or may not be deemed as a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hatred.”
One of the most experienced members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council , Cllr Jeffrey James (Conservative Rhoose) says the Vale Council motion is “obviously an attempt to make political capital out of anyone who votes for or against it I suspect – if it’s not Labour”.
He said “I suspect it may be a political act – a trap for other members to fall into.”
Cllr James says that the council is entitled to “take a view [on such matters] – but as the Labour Party and the Llantwit Independents supporting them are in control, I’m not sure why they feel that they want the council of all the members of all the parties to support or not support.”
Cllr James added that the Labour/Llantwit Independents who control the council could always “give their own opinion on these things .”
Normally votes in the Vale of Glamorgan Council are taken on a show of hands – but a Cllr James says the controlling Labour/Llantwit group may call for a “recorded vote” to be taken at tonight’s meeting. If that happens each councillor, and the way he or she votes on the motion, would be officially minuted and published.