Medway Elects
Council: Investigate Alleged Attempt to Limit Free Speech Against Trade Union

30 May 2002


The council considered a motion submitted by Councillor Murray supported by Councillor Godwin that:

This council deplores the decision of the portfolio holder for leisure, culture and countryside in preventing UNISON from petitioning the public during the horticultural festival at Cozenton Nursery. The petition sought support for retaining the nursery in the council's ownership.

Furthermore, the council instructs the monitoring officer to investigate whether this attempt to limit free speech constitutes a breach of the Human Rights Act 1998 and that the monitoring officer brings a report to the support services overview and scrutiny committee.

On being put to the vote, the motion was lost.

Vote Result

Votes by Councillor

For For For 23

The following councillors voted in favour of the motion:

Against Against Against 39

The following councillors voted against the motion:

Abstain Abstain Abstain 9

The following councillors abstained from voting on the motion:

Absent Absent Absent 9

The following councillors were absent from the vote:

To view the list of councillors who voted in favour or against the motion, those who abstained and those who were absent, click on the appropriate heading.

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