Ernie Clark. Hilperton Division, Wiltshire Council.

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Friday September 16, 2005 WWDC (almost) quits the SWRA.

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Full council at WWDC only narrowly voted to remain part of the SWRA.
A motion to give immediate notice to quit the SWRA finally came before full council on Wednesday.

I had originally proposed the motion way back in May, but it had to go through the Cabinet system before all councillors could vote on it - a farce which only served to delay the decisive vote by five months!

After some discussion the vote was taken with 19 in favour of remaining in the SWRA, whilst 18 were prepared to quit. One mystery was why at least one Conservative councillor didn't support leaving; after all, didn't the Tory party pledge to abolish all Regional Assemblies if they had been elected back at the General Election?