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Manning moves to make councillors more accountable

October 15, 2012 12:02 PM

A move to make elected councillors more accountable to the public is being driven forward by Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Ian Manning.

He is challenging the ruling Tory group on Cambridgeshire County Council to change the rules to give the public more chance of getting issues debated.

Cllr Manning is proposing a motion at full council tomorrow (Tuesday, October 16) to drop the number of signatures required on a petition to trigger a full council debate from over 15,000 to just 3,000.

"Since being elected to the council, I've been doing all I can to push for democracy to be more open to the people we represent," he said.

"Requiring a petition to have 15,000 signatures is prohibitively high. This is proven by the fact that a petition has never triggered a debate in full council. Dropping the number of signatures to 3,000 should encourage more involvement from the public on issues that really concern them."