Darlington councillors clash over 'badly-prepared' report

The Northern Echo: HOMEWORK JIBE: Councillor Martin Swainston, Liberal Democrat HOMEWORK JIBE: Councillor Martin Swainston, Liberal Democrat

COUNCILLORS in Darlington indulged in a spot of Punch and Judy politics at a meeting last week, with a report likened to ‘the badly-prepared homework of a child’.

Martin Swainston, a Liberal Democrat member of Darlington Borough Council, made the jibe at a full meeting of the authority on Thursday (March 20).

He was referring to an overview of work carried out under the efficiency and resources portfolio, prepared by cabinet member Steve Harker.

Each month at full council, cabinet members offer up a review of the main areas of work carried out under their portfolio heading.

Coun Harker’s report included an update on the disposal of surplus land for new housing and a progress report on the ongoing building work for the Department for Education offices, which will adjoin the Town Hall.

Coun Swainston appeared to exception to the brevity of his council colleague’s report.

He said: “This is like the badly-prepared homework of a child and I would suggest that this report is as badly-prepared as you [Coun Harker] were coming to council.”

Coun Swainston was re-elected to the council in 2012, after losing his seat by failing to attend a single meeting in six months.

Making reference to the subsequent by-election and the ensuing cost to the public purse, Coun Harker replied: “It is a bit rich for Councillor Swainston to accuse anyone of not doing their homework.”

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5:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

judygone says...

This is just more proof that this town is ran by idiots. Squabbling like children, grow up and try running this town right !
This is just more proof that this town is ran by idiots. Squabbling like children, grow up and try running this town right ! judygone
  • Score: 11

8:43pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Spy Boy says...

Being able to run the town seems not to be on any of the council's agenda. For Harker to bring poorly prepared reports to the council chamber shows just how little the ruling body can actually do. It's a disgrace. They charge us for I.T. support, so why does this sort of thing happen? Talk about useless.
Being able to run the town seems not to be on any of the council's agenda. For Harker to bring poorly prepared reports to the council chamber shows just how little the ruling body can actually do. It's a disgrace. They charge us for I.T. support, so why does this sort of thing happen? Talk about useless. Spy Boy
  • Score: -3

10:54am Tue 25 Mar 14

oliviaden6 says...

They are only after the prestige and the money along with their own pet projects. In all this the rate payers and the general public come a poor second to this council and they are fast driving this town into the mire and bankruptcy.
if an individual is elected he should be paid on product and efficiency and not just given a huge package at our expense. Darlington needs desperately good solid and sound leadership not the bunch of self deprecating self centered people who are NOT running the town at the moment.
They are only after the prestige and the money along with their own pet projects. In all this the rate payers and the general public come a poor second to this council and they are fast driving this town into the mire and bankruptcy. if an individual is elected he should be paid on product and efficiency and not just given a huge package at our expense. Darlington needs desperately good solid and sound leadership not the bunch of self deprecating self centered people who are NOT running the town at the moment. oliviaden6
  • Score: 7

12:35pm Tue 25 Mar 14

darloboss says...

swainstons a joke the people of hurworth deserve better
swainstons a joke the people of hurworth deserve better darloboss
  • Score: 5

7:25pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Spy Boy says...

darloboss wrote:
swainstons a joke the people of hurworth deserve better
Well, they should vote for better. I don't suppose he elected himself.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: swainstons a joke the people of hurworth deserve better[/p][/quote]Well, they should vote for better. I don't suppose he elected himself. Spy Boy
  • Score: -2

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