Has Labour Leadership infringed semi-judicial nature of Licensing Committee?

Following the demotion of Andrew Pelling and Calton Young as members of the Licensing and other responsibilities for voting against the Labour whip on licensing issues in the Town Centre, the question has to be asked whether this is political interference in what is a semi-judicial committee process which should not be subject to Party whipping.


Bristol Council’s guidance to its members states:

‘(f) Use of Party Whip The Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy makes plain that there should be no party whip in respect of any quasi judicial business of the Licensing Committee and its sub-committees. It is recommended that this fact be recorded at the outset of every hearing as a matter of course.’



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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