Jackie Weaver, who shot to national fame when a recording of a parish council meeting went viral, will be a virtual guest during an Our Island meeting on Monday (22nd March).
As part of their regular Monday evening public meetings, Our Island will be welcoming Jackie Weaver as guest speaker to help encourage local residents to get involved in politics.
Jackie rose to fame when she clerked a meeting of Handforth Parish Council and the recording, showing her dealing with bad behaviour and bullying by Councillors, went viral. Jackie works for the Cheshire Association of Local Councils and took part in the famous meeting due to allegations being made of poor behaviour by Councillors. She showed how to bring the meeting to order so that the Council could do what it was supposed to do, rather than waste time and money in pointless and unpleasant arguments.
Interviewed after the meeting Jackie said:
“There is an element of bullying and bad behaviour in local councils and a lot of us are working very hard, and that includes central government, to try and do something about that.”
On Monday, Jackie will be telling the Our Island meeting about her work and encouraging people to come forward to be members of town and parish councils, by showing that the bad behaviour and pointless arguing that too often takes place can be challenged and stopped.
Jonathan Bacon of Our Island says:
“Many people have been put off even showing an interest in the work of local government, let along participating in it. However, local authorities do important work that people should understand and get involved in, or the bullies and time wasters get their way to the detriment of the majority.
“It is even more important that new people come forward now as we will soon elect the local politicians who will be responsible for the process of pulling things back together as we exit from the pandemic”.
The meeting will take place on Zoom at 19:00 on Monday 22nd March. The link to join in will be made available on the Our Island Facebook page or can be obtained by sending an email to [email protected]. All are welcome.