Telford MP, Lucy Allan, today welcomed confirmation from the Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Cllr Shaun Davies, that Telford & Wrekin Council oppose intervention in local decision-making by the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
This development follows a recent interjection by the NEC in Haringey Council, in London, and its effective ordering of its local council to change policy on housing.
This intervention was unprecedented, and has been described by council leaders across the country, as “dangerous and alarming”, “uncomradely and disrespectful” and “an affront to the basic principles of democracy”.
A joint letter was signed by over 70 councils and, in its content, the letter accuses the NEC of acting "outside the party's rules", and asks for “categorical assurances” that such circumstances will not arise again in relation to local decision-making.
Ms Allan asked Cllr Davies to confirm his position provide assurances that he would stand up for local democracy. Accordingly, Lucy Allan has welcomed confirmation of his objection to such interventions by the NEC.
Commenting, Ms Allan said:
“It is important that we maintain the integrity of local elections and decision making, and ensure that our elected representatives are working in the interests of the people of Telford – and not some London-based committee.”