Prior to the meeting we were lobbied by a group of concerned parents who are angry that the threatened reduction of support to new parents from the Infant Feeding Team. They were very informed and helped me understand the issue they face much better. They have my support.
At the start of the meeting I received an full apology for misinformation at the previous meeting about my attendance at children's home monitoring visits. I accepted this on the basis it will be produced in the minutes of this meeting.
Then there was a request for the council to offer support to refugees from the Syrian crisis. Despite other local councils standing up and being counted in this respect our tame council leader is "awaiting for information from government".
However, the major debate, which the local Tories tried to derail, was on the vindictive Trade Union bill which is currently before parliament. This Tory policy has no evidence base and is opposed by Liberty, Amnesty International and the British Institute of Human Rights as well as the TUC. Requiring 40% of all eligible voters to be in favour, a greater proportion of votes than of any of the councillors sat in the room, is unjust to any reasonable person. Much of the bill affects all workers whether in a Union or not, something the Tories won't tell you.
The vote was won by 26 votes to 10 with 3 abstentions. The City Council will now writing to the government demanding withdrawal of it's ideological policy.
When the named vote comes out it will be interesting to see which members of the other parties voted with The Labour Party and who voted with the Tories. It is clear that there is a sharp divide in the council between those who are on the side of the people and those who support the interests of large corporations. Which side are you on?