The Conservative Group at Thanet District Council welcomes and endorses the sentiments contained in the report of the Independent Members of the Standards Committee, ahead of the meeting on 21st November 2013.
Conservative Group leader, Cllr Bob Bayford stated: “The report reflects very accurately the fears of members of this group, who believe the council’s reputation is in real difficulty. I pledge both my personal and my group’s support for steps which will change the public perception of council affairs.
“A good start may be to agree to the live streaming and public filming of council meetings, which many of us have undertaken at KCC meetings without serious issue.
“The Conservative Group is fully supportive of action which will achieve the aim of ‘high standards of conduct’ without compromising genuine debate. We call upon all other political groupings to engage seriously with us in taking action to change the public view of the council and councillors before it is too late, and people turn away from politics and representative democracy as a way of their voices being heard.”