Opinion: The Election of a Local Political Leader Is Not a Private Affair

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There is little doubt that the controversial demise of Stephen Mansbridge has brought Guildford Borough Council (GBC) into the limelight

opennessBy Martin Giles

This year there has been some real media attention, although not the kind councillors might prefer, even if there is meant to be no such thing as bad publicity.

I was struck, when I first started reporting local council affairs, that many of their, so called, public meetings were, to all intents and purposes, private. No one from the public was  present and I had the distinct impression that so used were the councillors to a lack of any interest in their deliberations that they almost forgot that an interloper was present.

 

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