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Local Authorities (Chairmen)

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 12 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation to provide that the chairman of a county council or mayor of a borough shall not be elected until the council has been fully constituted by the filling of aldermanic vacancies.

Is the Home Secretary aware that the present law, whereby a council is not fully constituted until after the mayor or chairman has been elected, made possible in London what the "Tribune" called "The creation of a faked majority, contrary to the principles of democracy," and what the "New Statesman" called "Boss ruleā€”the wangling of a majority?" How can the Home Secretary justify a law which makes that possible?