People banned from attending Grenfell Tower meeting were just ‘ people who like doing that sort of thing’ says councillor

A Tory Kensington and Chelsea councillor has claimed protesters who stormed Kensington Town Hall days after the Grenfell Tower fire ‘weren’t the local community’ but ‘people who like doing that sort of thing’.

Catherine Faulks was defending the council’s attempts to hold a cabinet meeting on the disaster on Thursday in private, initially citing public order concerns, and described press attempts to report on it by obtaining a High Court order as ‘a very clever stunt’.

The council cancelled the meeting after journalists were allowed to attend, claiming it would ‘prejudice’ the forthcoming public inquiry.

Ms Faulks told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The reason we had given primarily to have the meeting in private was that we were worried there was a public order issue which had been already demonstrated by the invasion that happened at the council – which, by the way, when you say we weren’t affected, the whole council chamber had to be evacuated for the whole afternoon on the Friday after the tragedy.’ “

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4656656/Kensington-councillor-DEFENDS-decision-meet-secret.html

One thought on “People banned from attending Grenfell Tower meeting were just ‘ people who like doing that sort of thing’ says councillor

  1. We can all understand their wish to hold a council meeting in private where they will not be harangued by angry residents and cannot be held to account.

    Unfortunately, as I have previously noted, the cabinet meeting MUST be open to the public by law. There are limited set of exceptions by which topics can be discussed in private, and a formal process that must be followed if they want to do this.

    Ironically the reason this was made a legal requirement was so that local residents are able to hold their elected representatives to account.

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