Dear Mr Clegg

Thank you for this opportunity to put forward my idea.

I refer to the provisions contained in the Locla demiocracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, the Local Government Officers (Political Restrictions) Regulations 1990 and the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am not advocating the repeal of those parts of the Local Government Act 1972 that place restrictions on elected councillors becoming officers (and vice versa) in the same council.

The reason that I would like to see the repeal of the provisions in the legislation mentioned in the first paragrpah above are as follows:

a. as currently defined they deprive a large number of individuals of their rights as expressed in Articles 9 and 10 as outlined in the Convention of Human Rights.

b. they are highly patronising to local government employees in that they imply there is a lack of professionalism in being able to appropriately and objectivley advise members in their council capacities whilst also expressing political views outside of those capacities

c. they potentially deprive the political process – at all levels of government – of a large number of individuals who have a range of skills and insights that could make for a positive contribution to civil society, community cohesion and the democratic process

Why is this idea important?

Because, if acted upon, such a repeal would:

a. return the lost freedoms of thought, conscience and religion and that of expression to thousands of local government employees

b. potentially increase the numbers of people invovled in the democratic process and expand the  capacity of our democratic institutions and political parties at a time when there is a dearth of individuals willing to so engage.

 

 

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