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Party Groups, Councillors, and the Law

Ian Leigh

in Law, Politics, and Local Democracy

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198256984
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256984.003.0006
Party Groups, Councillors, and the Law

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This chapter considers the position of the party group, with regards to the council as a whole; individual councillors, focusing on the issue of group discipline; and relationships between groups, especially in ‘hung’ councils. It looks at the legal position of the party political group and its place within the ‘internal’ politics of local government. The Widdicombe Committee recognized the reality that politics can never be fully open to public view and partisan scrutiny, and that politicians at whatever level will inevitably try to formulate policies in less public places.

Keywords: council; party groups; inter-group relations; councillors; hung councils; Widdicombe Committee

Chapter.  11598 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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