The Council's Annual General Meeting represented another nail in the coffin of what passes for democracy in Bradford. A motion proposed by the Liberal Democrats was voted down by the combined efforts of Labour and Conservative councillors. We called for a review of the way the Council operates having just seen the election of the first West Yorkshire Mayor, representing a significant re-shaping of the political system. We should also look at how we work too.
It is twenty years since the Council moved from a Committee system to a Scrutiny model. The plan twenty years ago was to model the Councils way of working on that of the Select Committee system of the House of Commons. The current Bradford system is a far cry from this and it is time to change; Bradford people should have more say and your vote should count.
Bradford deserves better than its ineffective and outdated model with its secret deals.
If you think Bradford deserves better, please sign our petition and join the campaign for a more democratic Bradford.
We petition the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to undertake a full review of the way the Council works and bring forward a new model which includes, but is not limited to a) a way of working between the Mayor of West Yorkshire and officers with locally elected members and their communities b) replaces the current model with one that is open and based on best practice, c) disperses power and takes decisions in a transparent way, d) creates a culture of collaborative working which draws on the skills and experience of all councillors.