Conservative councillors are not the only ones to try to embarrass their opponents, Bexley Labour is not above the practice either. I suspect that asking the Chairman of the General Purposes Committee if she had had any discussions on compliance with the Licensing Act was intended to be a little mischievous.
In line with the Committee chairman's responsibilities with regard to Health and Safety enforcement functions under Part I of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974; could she outline what discussions she has had with the Chairman of the Licensing Committee, to ensure that all Designated Premises Supervisors in the Borough comply with their duties under Part I of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Licensing Act 2003?
However when it comes to sharp practices, Bexley’s Conservative administration is unrivalled. The Chairman of the General Purposes Committee is councillor and Crayford publican, Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, the woman behind the recently staged illegal strip show at The Charlotte. To avoid answering the question she had contrived not to show up at the last council meeting to be held in the old chamber.
The mayor ruled that there was no need to read out her statement, oh no, that might be far too embarrassing.