I will not be presenting my motion today and if I can have just one minute I’ll explain
Despite it being a subject that is very dear to my heart, as demonstrated by the fact that
I presented a similar motion back in December 2018, I am afraid that the looming threat
of the administration’s proposed amendment, which features a commitment for the
County Council to unleash the power of its own media to misrepresent me and my
views, is simply too much for me to be able to risk.
As Cllr Count knows, as I have had this conversation with him in the past, I am a
believer in collective responsibility. I do not agree with the political leadership of this
council, but I am very much part of this council, and proud to be. Councillors
campaigning for their respective parties before an election may say various things to
and about each other using the press and social media. That is very much the norm.
But for this council, this institution, to use its own media to misrepresent me would be
something completely else. It would mortify me. I cannot stand for this.
I hope this administration goes away and thinks about this bullying that it has engaged
in today. I hope it considers the wisdom of its dirty tricks, of putting words into women’s
It is therefore with more regret than I can possibly say that I am withdrawing this motion