Abil­ity not pol­i­tics for parish coun­cil

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I WAS very in­ter­ested in the dis­cus­sion dur­ing the re­cent AGM of the CSP Parish Coun­cil, as to whether or not the parish coun­cil should be run aligned with a par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal party.

It was stated dur­ing the meet­ing that any­one can stand for elec­tion onto the coun­cil what­ever their po­lit­i­cal views, how­ever, in the re­cent elec­tions, two of our hard work­ing coun­cil­lors (one of whom has served the vil­lage for eight years), were told that if they were not pre­pared to stand as Con­ser­va­tives, then they would have to fight for their right to con­tinue serv­ing and two fully paid up mem­bers of the Con­ser­va­tive party would be pulled in to stand against them. Had they agreed to stand as Con­ser­va­tives this would not have been nec­es­sary and they would be un­con­tested. It ap­pears, in the case of Chal­font St Peter, that our coun­cil­lors are not be­ing mea­sured by their abil­ity to serve our vil­lage or by the di­ver­sity of ex­pe­ri­ence they bring, but solely by which po­lit­i­cal party they sup­port. LIZ HUGHES Den­ham Lane Chal­font St Peter

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