It's the return of Barry Burkhill. As mayor of @CheshireEast, he's chairing today's full council meeting. There's a motion of no confidence in him after the viral #HandforthParishCouncil meeting - but it won't be discussed today as it has to go to another committee first...
Barry Burkhill has addressed the #HandforthParishCouncil meeting - he said "it's a matter of regret that these important issues (due to be discussed by @CheshireEast today) have become overshadowed by events elsewhere":
Cheshire East councillors are talking about next year's budget, which includes £20m of savings incl cuts to some social care svcs and less regular grass cutting. Dep leader Craig Browne said govt covid funding doesn't cover all @CheshireEast's lost revenue...
...Opposition Conservative leader Janet Clowes says getting more details on the budget plans has been "like pulling teeth". Says the budget is "neither kind nor fair to our most vulnerable residents".
Former Crewe & Nantwich MP @LauraSmithCrewe says the savings in this year's @CheshireEast budget cuts are the result of a "cruel and callous Conservative government".

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17 Feb
There is now an argument over what the relationship between NALC (National Association of Local Councils) is to ChALC (Cheshire Association of Local Councils) which Jackie Weaver is a part of. Chair Brian Tolver is giving quite a lengthy answer on this technical issue...
Cllr John Smith is now trying to bring the meeting back to the question of whether the meeting that went viral was "unlawful" as Cllr Tolver tried to claim it was before he disappeared.
Cllr Tolver said he didn't get the requisite notice (as chairman) that two councillors wanted to call a meeting of the council, as is their right under the standing orders and the law. Cllr Smith says he did get that notice...
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17 Feb
I’m going to guess Handforth Parish Council doesn’t normally have this many attendees on its Zoom meetings...
Apparently 82 people are watching on Zoom and another 150 on YouTube.
The chair Brian Tolver has broken his silence. He's started the meeting saying "A lot of people are watching because of recent viral events. The meeting is open to the public and may be seen by a very wide audience". #HandforthParishCouncil
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