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MP sends petition to Parliament in bid to halt County Council’s plans to build a single ‘super-council’ until public have their say

The MP for Warwick and Leamington presented his petition in the House of Commons late last week.

 

Speaking in Parliament, Matt Western has continued to work on his campaign against the County Council’s “naked power grab”, urging the Government to halt the Council’s plans to create a single unitary authority for the whole of Warwickshire, because, as the MP claims, there has been “a lack of public consultation about these plans or any other.”

 

The move follows the news that Warwickshire County Council have sent their plans to the Government for approval, despite strong opposition from the District and Borough Councils as well as Labour Councillors from across the county.

 

Commenting on his campaign, Mr Western said:

 

“The people of Warwickshire must be consulted on proposals that shape how decisions are made in their county before any plan is put in place.

 

“For the County Council to run roughshod over the public and vote through the ill-thought through plans without their consent undermines our democracy.

 

“This is plainly a naked power grab, rushed through in self-interest as opposed to the public interest.

 

“I’ve delivered my petition to Parliament to urge the Government to send the plans back until residents have their say. I’ll be doing all I can to stop this plan from going ahead until we see real consultation with the public on the future of how local democracy should be organised.”

 

Residents can still sign Mr Western’s petition by visiting www.mattwestern.org/campaigns