Paul Turpin
Paul Turpin

The People’s Petition seeks to improve processes within Sheffield Council by restoring the committee system of governance. That would break up the dominance of decision-making by a small group of Labour Party councillors and make the council more democratic and transparent.

It was launched by “It’s Our City!”, a community-led network of residents in Sheffield who “seek to be an independent, positive and productive contributor to a vibrant local democracy.”

It’s hugely disappointing to see the January 2019 Labour Group members newsletter referring to the petition in a disparaging way and falsely (including spelling mistake) as “the Green Party’s “It’s Out City” campaign”. The petition follows processes under the Localism Act 2011 which stipulate that the council must remain neutral throughout. It’s Our City have repeatedly stressed and highlighted their independence from all the political parties.

This newsletter was compiled by council staff, paid by the taxpayer but working on party propaganda. They cost taxpayers £112,000 a year and the Green budget amendment for 2019/20 will again propose ending their funding when the council votes on March 6th.

Labour have voted down our proposals year after year, refusing to bite the hand that feeds their political spin. So-called “Group Policy Officers” must go now.

Paul Turpin
Sheffield Green Party candidate, Gleadless Valley council ward

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One thought on “The People’s Petition seeks to improve democracy in Sheffield

  1. Tim Thickett says

    Whilst Caroline Lucas has been commendably clear on her position re: Brexit, I am a little disappointed to find nothing on your home page about Saturday’s “People’s Vote” March or the 5.5 million that have signed the Revoke Article 50 petition. I personally believe that leaving the EU is a very negative step for the UK’s future policies on the environment as well as many other considerations.

    I am considering joining the Green Party and will probably vote Green again in the next election(s), but the immediate crisis is Brexit. What actions do you have planned? Happy to help if, as I believe, the Green Party’s policies accord with my own.

    I spent three days last week walking round Sheffield with my placard and talking to people about Brexit. Clearly the no. 1 reason for voting to leave the EU amongst Brexit supporters I spoke to was political corruption. To my mind this is as great in the UK as it is in other parts of Europe. Most MPs are conflicted to some degree by their outside earnings and I believe the Green Party would agree that constitutional reform is high on the agenda for any future government in which it might participate, i.e. replace the House of Lords with a democratically elected (PR) chamber to act as a counterweight to the Commons, restrict MPs outside activities, control the revolving door through which ex-ministers and senior civil servants retired to lucrative positions in sectors where they have been active.

    Today, 26th March the priority must be stopping Brexit and campaigning for revocation of article 50!

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