Thursday, 14 July 2011

Summons needed to force organisation head to appear before committee

Surprisingly, this is not a post about Rupert Murdoch or Rebekah Brooks. In fact, the person who has been summonsed to appear before a committee is Cornwall Council's Tory Leader Alec Robertson.

Cllr Robertson had been asked to appear before the authority's Communities Scrutiny Committee to answer questions about his new cabinet structure and how services such as libraries and leisure (which are now dealt with by non-voting cabinet members) will be represented. Cllr Robertson refused to attend and sent a note instead.

At today's meeting, councillors refused to accept his note and, in accordance with our constitution, the Chair has issued a summons via our legal officer for Cllr Robertson to attend the next meeting in August.

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