On page two of last week's Gazette,there was a story regarding the exorbitant allowances paid to some councillors in Hillingdon [Councillors' pay second highest].
It highlighted that LBH's total councillor allowance bill was the second highest in London.
In the article,Councillor Mike Cox is quoted as saying that only the Liberal Democrats voted against the large increases in 2007. As is quite often the case,Mr Cox is wrong.
The minutes of the council meeting that approved the increases on March 22, 2007, quite clearly indicate that 42 Conservative councillors voted for the increases.
The 18 voting against were the whole of the Labour group present, Councillor Nunn-Price sent apologies as he was unwell, and one Liberal Democrat - Mr Cox. Councillor [Jill] Rhodes also submitted apologies.
The Labour group looks forward to an apology from Mr Cox at his earliest convenience.
From the Gazette's point of view, this took me a few minutes to check; it is a pity the reporter didn't bother.
On a personal note,I don't believe I've ever supported increased allowances, always voting against.
When the large increase was agreed, I simply committed more time to council duties and community service.
COUNCILLOR JOHN MAJOR,
Labour Group, Civic Centre,
High Street, Uxbridge.