Why is Newcastle Council promoting Labour politicians?
Councillor Henry Gallagher has asked what is the Council's current policy on featuring politicians in council-funded publications, given that the most recent-edition of Trading Standards newsletter has five photographs, featuring five different Labour members, one of them (who is up for re-election next May) four times?
Cllr McCarty responded that the Authority is obliged to follow the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity as specified in the Local Government Act 1986. There is nothing in the Code which prohibits the representation of local councillors in council publications, indeed it is in the interests of democracy to show the work that elected councillors do in their local communities, including the work that Cabinet Members do in relation their portfolio responsibilities.The photographs referred to positively recognise the hard work of the deputy Cabinet member, and I am proud of that work. Paragraph 20 of the Code specifically states: "It is acceptable for local authorities to publicise the work done by individual members of the authority, and to present the views of those individuals on local issues". The only exception to this is during periods of heightened sensitivity, including during the immediate pre-election period.