The Council considered a report on the
adoption of the Council’s Constitution following the
implementation of the committee model of governance.
At its meeting on 22nd November
2016, Council decided to implement the Committee model of
governance with effect from Annual Council in May 2017. The Constitution had been revised and updated to
provide a framework for the governance of the Council under the
committee model of governance. The
Constitution had been divided into 20 sections and was set out in
Appendix 1 attached to the report.
It was proposed by Councillor Gregson and
seconded by Councillor Stephen that technical amendments be made to
the covering report and Part 2 of the Constitution as follows:
1. Recommendation at
1.2 of covering report be deleted.
2. Paragraph 3.2 of the
covering report – deletion of the words “ and that any
changes to Parts 2, 3 or 15 shall require a two-thirds majority of
Council” and insertion of the words “for a period of at
least 12 months”.
3. Part 2 –
Articles of the Constitution, Article 14.2(a) delete the words
“Changes to Part 2 (Articles), Part 3 (Responsibility for
Functions) and Part 15 (Group Leaders’ Protocol) shall only
be approved by a two-thirds majority of full
Council”. The deletion of the
words “all other parts thereof” in the next
Councillor Mitchell proposed an amendment to
Parts 2, 15 and 19 of the Constitution.
The amendments were as follows:
Part 2 Articles of the Constitution - delete article 6 and
replace with the following wording:
“6.1 Election of Joint Leader of the Council
Joint Leader of the Council will be two councillors elected to the
position of Joint Leader of the Council. The two councillors
elected as Joint Leader of the Council shall not be from the same
political group. The Council will elect a Joint Leader of the
Council on an annual basis at its Annual meeting.
Term of Office
Joint Leader of the Council shall hold office until:
They resign from office
They are suspended from being a Councillor
They are no longer a Councillor
For one year from the date of election, save that they may be
removed from office at an earlier date by resolution of the
Part 15 Group Leaders' Protocol - delete paragraphs 2 and 3 and
replace with the following wording:
“2. The Joint Leader of the Council
The Joint Leader of the Council will be appointed by full
The two councillors appointed as Joint Leader of the Council shall
comprise one member of the Conservative Group and one member of the
The Joint Leader of the Council shall share responsibility for
attendance at the Worcestershire Leaders' Board, the Local
Enterprise Partnership and the City Plan Delivery
paragraph 9 delete all references to Leader and Deputy Leader of
the Council and replace with the words “Joint Leader of the
Part 19 Councillors Duties - delete all references to Leader and
Deputy Leader of the Council and replace with the words
“Joint Leader of the Council.”
delegate to the Monitoring Officer authority to make any further
correction to the Constitution to give effect to this
amendment was seconded by Councillor Knight.
proposer, Councillor Mitchell and the seconder, Councillor Knight,
both spoke in support of the proposed amendment.
Council then entered into a debate on the proposed amendment where
support and opposition were expressed. On being put to the vote the
proposed amendment was lost.
accordance with the Council Procedure Rule 7.2 a named vote was
requested by Councillor Mitchell and supported by four
Record of Voting
Amos, B. Amos, Bayliss, Ditta, Feeney, Geraghty, L. Hodgson, S.
Hodgson, Johnson, Jones, Knight, Lacey, Mackay, Mitchell, Roberts,
Stafford and Stanley
Berry, Biggs, Cawthorne, Cronin, L. Denham, P. Denham, Gregson,
Hodges, Lamb, Laurenson, Riaz, G. Squires, J. Squires, Stephen,
Udall. E. Williams and G. Williams
Council then entered into a debate on the recommendation in the
report, as amended, and on being put to the vote it was unanimously
RESOLVED: That the Council:
1. adopts the
revised Constitution, subject to the amendment of Part 2 which
implements the Committee model of governance; and
2. delegates authority
to the Monitoring Officer to finalise parts 16, 17 and 20 of the
Constitution prior to publication.