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LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE: COMPOSITE 32 (LOCAL DEMOCRACY)

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This conference notes that unitary local government now exists throughout Scotland, Wales and many parts of England...
This conference notes that unitary local government now exists throughout Scotland, Wales and many parts of England, and that as a consequence, large numbers of people are denied their otherwise democratic right of participating in the local government process, simply because they are local authority employees.

This conference further views this state of affairs with concern and accepts that a substantial democratic deficit has been created as a result of this prohibition, which can only weaken local democracy and public participation within local government.

Accordingly, Conference calls upon the government to repeal the legal prohibitions against local authority employees from standing for, or serving upon local authorities contained in the various Local Government, Representation of the People Acts and the 1989 Local Government & Housing Act, thereby restoring the right of local government employees and civil servants to participate actively in party politics, and in the process to lay down sufficient rules and safeguards that would prevent there being any conflict of interest between an individual pursuing their interest as a councillor and their occupation and career as a local government employee.

Moved by: Ealing, Acton & Shepherds Bush CLP

Seconded by: High Peak CLP
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