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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:46 am 
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VIDEO: 'I may be young but I know what a democracy is!' Blurton teenager speaks of disappointment after being kicked out of Stoke-on-Trent City Council meeting



TEENAGER Michelle Whalley says she has been put off a life in politics after being thrown out of a council meeting.

The 16-year-old was among more than 60 residents kicked out of Thursday night's Stoke-on-Trent City Council meeting to approve the authority's £21 million cuts programme.

She has become a prominent figure in recent protests and spoke against the council's planned move to Hanley at a demonstration last Saturday.

Now Stoke-on-Trent College student Michelle has been left disillusioned by the council's actions.

Michelle, of Longton Hall Road, Blurton, said: "I may be young and not understand everything but I know what a democracy is. I have always taken an interest in politics and trying to make the world a better place to live.

"Throwing people out of the meeting just shows the council is not even considering what people think.

"They were our views and we can't even express them openly without being thrown out.

"I have always taken an interest in politics because my grandparents run a residents' association and I was considering going into it as a career."

Residents were protesting about service cuts, proposed terms and conditions reductions for council workers and the authority's decision to move its headquarters from Stoke to Hanley in a £55 million switch.

They were initially warned about their behaviour by Lord Mayor Terry Crowe after booing council leader Mohammed Pervez and heckling councillors as they tried to deliver their speeches.

The residents were ordered to leave the council chamber two hours into the meeting.

Michelle added: "I don't understand why everyone had to go when some people were keeping quiet and listening.

"The Lord Mayor should have pinpointed the ones who were being disruptive rather than take it out on all of us."

As security guards cleared the gallery there were shouts of 'you call this a democracy?' and 'this is absolutely disgusting' as the onlookers congregated outside.

Michelle's mum, 47-year-old Jeanette Whalley, said: "It was an absolute joke.

"It was the first time I had been to a council meeting but I felt so strongly about the cuts that I wanted to go along.

The bakery worker added: "I think it is wrong what the council is doing.

"We don't need a new civic centre and it is totally disgusting that the council is spending our money on it."

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Pervez said that he was disappointed the public was barred but insisted that the Lord Mayor had to keep the meeting in order.

He said: "It is unfortunate that the Lord Mayor had to take the decision to remove people from the public gallery but he did issue warnings.

"The Lord Mayor presides over the meeting and whatever he decides must be stuck to.

"He was in a very difficult position.

"I was disappointed because the atmosphere was very lively and robust during the debate and it changed as a result of the public leaving


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Saturday, March 2 2013, 11:05PM
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“As an outsider to Stoke I would first say to this young lady pack your bags and get the hell out of dodge. To coin an age old saying, but in this case I think it's fitting.
Why would I advise her to leave? The answer is so glaringly obvious, even to me as an outsider.

Went it comes to the next election all the people's of Stoke on Trent will vote exactly the same way as they've always done. "It was good enough for me faather and grand faather its good enough for Mae ". I read all about the comments being made about how undemocratic The Lord Mayor was and how undemocratic the councillors are. But ask yourself the simple question "who voted for them"? You all did and you'll carry on voting for them, because you like your towns looking like run down dumps full of nothing but takeaways and private hire cars oh yes and your football better not forget the premier ship team.

It's a sad fact Stoke on Trent's seen today as a joke and a place to avoid.

It's time to wake up stop what you're doing and if you have kids and grand kids think about what you're leaving behind for them in you're beloved city.”


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:49 am 
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They need to save this amount of money......

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The 16-year-old was among more than 60 residents kicked out of Thursday night's Stoke-on-Trent City Council meeting to approve the authority's £21 million cuts programme.


So they did it by..............

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Residents were protesting about service cuts, proposed terms and conditions reductions for council workers and the authority's decision to move its headquarters from Stoke to Hanley in a £55 million switch.

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Whats wrong with Hanley ? It's the main shopping centre so why not have the council offices there

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edders23 wrote:
Whats wrong with Hanley ? It's the main shopping centre so why not have the council offices there


Cos it cost £55 million to switch and they're trying to save £21 million, it just doesn't make sense to me :?

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