Otley MP launches bid to prove council 'misled public'

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Police Station Otley Police Station

Otley’s MP is lodging a Freedom of Information request over secret talks that took place between the police and two local councils.

Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West) spoke out a fortnight ago about – eventually fruitless – discussions that could have resulted in the police moving to the Civic Centre.

West Yorkshire Police responded by confirming it had held exploratory talks “months ago” with Leeds City Council, and then also Otley Town Council, about the possibility of relocating.

But the force said those negotiations had been abandoned – and that it was instead intending to consolidate its position at Otley Police Station.

Mr Mulholland, however, has blasted all three parties for not publicising the issue (which stayed confidential at the police’s request) – and accused the town council of “misleading” people.

He is now writing to Leeds City Council’s chief executive to demand that all of the correspondence, phone call logs and other communications about the subject are made public.

The Labour controlled town council has accused the MP of meddling to “an unprecedented degree” for party political reasons.

It also points out that a Liberal Democrat councillor, Councillor John Flinn (Lib Dem, Ashfield), is a member of Otley’s cross-party civic centre working group.

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11:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

JustOverTheRoad says...

What a pointless waste of time! I'm guessing that the cost it takes to respond to this childish and party political FoI request won't come from our MP's but rather our pockets.

The council is asked about utilising an under used public building with the organisation asking the council to keep it confidential which they honour. If they didn't would you think about approaching the council if you thought it was going to be broadcast on all wave lengths? The exploratory discussion goes no further and our MP goes into hyper drive about openness and honesty.

Interestingly I asked our MP to let me know the full rewards and remunerations you could expect of you were an MP - the question fully explained eg salary, pension, benefits, holidays, perks such as reduced bars and restaurants etc.

The first answer was simple a referral to a website about expenses. I asked a second time and was referred to another site that had some more information but just about salaries (I think as this site wasn't particularly clear). I asked a THIRD time and had a fuller answer but not a complete answer. I then gave up.

All of this when the government our MP represents are pushing through pay and pension cuts for all but themselves - their review recommends a whopping pay rise before giving up their gold standard pensions. It'll be interesting to see who votes for that in the House of Commons.

Openness and honesty important? Make your own mind up.
What a pointless waste of time! I'm guessing that the cost it takes to respond to this childish and party political FoI request won't come from our MP's but rather our pockets. The council is asked about utilising an under used public building with the organisation asking the council to keep it confidential which they honour. If they didn't would you think about approaching the council if you thought it was going to be broadcast on all wave lengths? The exploratory discussion goes no further and our MP goes into hyper drive about openness and honesty. Interestingly I asked our MP to let me know the full rewards and remunerations you could expect of you were an MP - the question fully explained eg salary, pension, benefits, holidays, perks such as reduced bars and restaurants etc. The first answer was simple a referral to a website about expenses. I asked a second time and was referred to another site that had some more information but just about salaries (I think as this site wasn't particularly clear). I asked a THIRD time and had a fuller answer but not a complete answer. I then gave up. All of this when the government our MP represents are pushing through pay and pension cuts for all but themselves - their review recommends a whopping pay rise before giving up their gold standard pensions. It'll be interesting to see who votes for that in the House of Commons. Openness and honesty important? Make your own mind up. JustOverTheRoad

3:17am Thu 12 Dec 13

elmo33 says...

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Watching him at Prime Ministers Question Time Cameron has the ability although dismissing questions quickly to present himself as a very plausible fair thinking man ,if only true .Miliband happen to mention that the higher rate of Tax was being lowered yet again by 5% for the rich ,which seemed to take the edge of Cameron being fair .
David Cameron has spoken of the policies he would like to introduce as leader of a single-party government in 2015 .

He has revealed he keeps a "little black book" of policies blocked by the Liberal Democrats which he plans to implement if Conservatives win the next general election outright . Speaking to The Spectator magazine, the Prime Minister said he "very passionately" wants to escape the constraints of coalition and govern at the head of a single-party government.

Mr Cameron indicated that a Tory-only government after the 2015 election would deliver more radical action on welfare reform, Europe, the Human Rights Act and support for enterprise.
He told The Spectator: " Increasingly, today, I feel very strongly and see very clearly the case for more accountable, more decisive and active government. "I think we could go further on welfare reform, to sharpen work incentives and get more people out of poverty .But do not let us forget the £11.3 Billion cuts on the cards for 2015 whomever gets in .National Audit Office .Check their site at -
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BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – CAMERON PROMISES MORE TO COME IF RE-ELECTED Watching him at Prime Ministers Question Time Cameron has the ability although dismissing questions quickly to present himself as a very plausible fair thinking man ,if only true .Miliband happen to mention that the higher rate of Tax was being lowered yet again by 5% for the rich ,which seemed to take the edge of Cameron being fair . David Cameron has spoken of the policies he would like to introduce as leader of a single-party government in 2015 . He has revealed he keeps a "little black book" of policies blocked by the Liberal Democrats which he plans to implement if Conservatives win the next general election outright . Speaking to The Spectator magazine, the Prime Minister said he "very passionately" wants to escape the constraints of coalition and govern at the head of a single-party government. Mr Cameron indicated that a Tory-only government after the 2015 election would deliver more radical action on welfare reform, Europe, the Human Rights Act and support for enterprise. He told The Spectator: " Increasingly, today, I feel very strongly and see very clearly the case for more accountable, more decisive and active government. "I think we could go further on welfare reform, to sharpen work incentives and get more people out of poverty .But do not let us forget the £11.3 Billion cuts on the cards for 2015 whomever gets in .National Audit Office .Check their site at - http://brokenbritish politics.simplesite. com elmo33

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