Some 11 members of Somerton Town Council’s complement of 15 stepped down on Tuesday.
The walkout came after blogger Niall Connolly branded some members “jackasses” and referred to one leaflet as being “like a Nazi call to arms”.
A motion was then proposed that members step down, citing “impossible working conditions”.
There were a 11 resignations, with one “sympathy” walkout and another member going on holiday.
Councillor Ian Neale walked out but did not resign, fearing that funding for four projects he was working on might be lost.
Mr Neale said the comments on the blog, at www.muckandbrass.blogspot.com, were “probably the catalyst” for the walkout, although he had only heard of Connolly’s outspoken work from others.
He said: “My fellow councillors took great exception to it. The undermining was precipitated by the fact that Mr Connolly wanted information from the council that he felt was being kept covert.
“He comes to meetings, takes copious notes then goes back to his computer and makes criticisms.”
Jacqui Smith has admitted what the public has known all along. Her reputation has been shattered by her dodgy expenses claims.
Her husband’s blue movies may have been an “innocent” mistake but she should have had more sense than to claim that a bedroom at her sister’s house was her main home.
Ms Smith is right to say she and others disgraced by the expenses scandal don’t deserve a seat in the Lords.
Voters will be disgusted if any MP caught abusing allowances ends up cloaked in ermine.
Published by Hannah Wooderson for 24dash.com in Housing
Thursday 29th October 2009 – 12:34pm
£450 million approved for over 11,700 new and affordable homes
As a result £207 million will now be allocated to directly fund 6,618 new and affordable homes. A further £241 million could be allocated for 5,144 homes, to those schemes which have been approved subject to conditions.
Eighty-one schemes were either withdrawn by the developer because of the need to complete homes by March 2011, or because they no longer felt the need for public sector support. Of those which were withdrawn, over half have been resubmitted for funding under Kickstart Round 2, where the timescale for the completion of homes is longer.
Thirty-five schemes were not approved for funding as they did not meet the HCA’s robust criteria for the Programme, particularly on design and value for money grounds.
Chief executive of the HCA, Sir Bob Kerslake said: “I am delighted that the HCA has been able to play such a major role in unlocking key housing schemes across the country.
“The due diligence process has been a thorough and challenging one for all involved but I am pleased that so many good schemes have been confirmed. We now look forward to completing the contracts and getting starts on site.”
Funding has been allocated to schemes in every English region, including 22 in the West Midlands and 16 in the South West; and 77 of the approved schemes will offer apprenticeships or local labour initiatives. In total an employment dividend of around 1,300 apprenticeships or local labour initiatives could potentially be achieved through the Kickstart Programme as a whole.
The HCA has also confirmed that it has received over 660 bids for funding under Kickstart Round 2. These schemes, which could unlock up to 55,000 homes, will now be subject to the same level of scrutiny as the successful schemes under Round 1.
The rules are simple guess where hazel will turn up next on her hunt for votes. Collect allowances on the way, see if you find any houses, or motor bikes to build up your score.
Conservative team are working hard for local people across the Worsley & Eccles South constituency – and indeed across the whole of Salford.