Councillor Felt ‘Dishonoured’ During Meeting

Councillor Roy Duncan

An Isles of Scilly Councillor has said he felt dishonoured and insulted at almost being overlooked for the honour of “Father of the House.”

The issue arose during the first Full Council meeting of the new Council year in May, when members elect a new chair of Council.

That part of the meeting is normally chaired by the Council vice chair, at that time Marian Bennett, who could not attend the meeting.

Members were told that the ‘honour’ would pass to the ‘father or mother of the house,’ traditionally the longest serving Councillor. That is currently Roy Duncan.

But Amanda Martin nominated Dudley Mumford and this was seconded by Gordon Bilsborough. Christine Savill quickly nominated Roy, and, possibly realising the mistake, Dudley withdrew his nomination.

Roy was seconded by Amanda, who apologised saying she had misunderstood.

Councillor Duncan went on to chair the item.

But the issue arose again at last Thursday’s Full Council meeting, when Roy challenged the minutes, saying they missed out the first nomination of Dudley.

Roy said, “I did ponder as to why those members did not want me to take that item but it’s not up to me to speculate.”

He acknowledged that Amanda and Gordon could have thought Dudley was the father of the house, but added it would seem odd for the two Councillors to get it wrong as they, “are almost infamous for being pedantic.”

Amanda said she didn’t realise he was the longest serving Councillor and admitted she had committed a ‘faux pas.’ She said she can only apologise for any offence caused and none was intended.

Mike Hicks also extended his apology as chair of the Council.


5 Responses to Councillor Felt ‘Dishonoured’ During Meeting

  1. Stuart August 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    The council is run in such an archaic manor with outdated protocols and procedures
    The council needs to realise that its 2012 not 1812,

  2. ritchie August 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Ye Lyn having watched web casts of other councils including CCC I find rather humorous how our elected members conduct themselves in such a pedantic official “by the book” way. They need to chill a bit use first names etc and maybe they would get more business done !!

  3. lynn August 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    For crying out loud. I have seen mentioned earlier that a pantomine or even a 3 act play could be written using just the antics that go on within our Council Chambers and offices. Over to you Please, M.P. IT WOULD BE A HILARIOUS SELL OUT.

  4. Merryn August 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Roy Duncan is one of the most modest men I know and has served on the council for over 30 years. During that time he has worked, raised a family and represented the council as its youngest chairman. The issue took up just a few minutes at the start of the meeting and as the only member of the public present, I understood him to be addressing the accuracy of the minutes. He wanted a correct reflection of events from the previous meeting where Cllr Mumford was also nominated. What the minutes and the above report do not state is that the Chief Executive explained the tradition of the chamber quite clearly, prior to nominations being given so it is no wonder an element of offense was taken. A simple case of correcting minutes and noting an affront does not deserve the amount of criticism Cllr Duncan has received.

  5. Gonk August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I think Cllr Duncan has too much time on his hands if he’s getting upset about something as simple and, essentially, unimportant as this.

    It’s not up to you to speculate? What an odd comment, who is supposed to speculate Roy? Let’s get the national dailies in on this one.