Opening up democracy for all – “Hello Mum!”

Back in December 2012 Council was asked whether or not we wanted to have Webcasting of Full Council meetings. At the time there was a lot of complaints about the cost of broadcasting Council meetings over the internet.

Well last night was a resounding success. Over 500 people watched at least a part of the meeting – if we are not careful we will be in a ratings war with Eastenders!

If you click here you can see the entire (5 1/2 hours!) council meeting.

Speaking in the Council Chamber

Speaking in the Council Chamber


If you want to watch my contributions on:

Children’s Centres

The Deanes School

Whole Council Elections

then click on the links above.

The viewing gallery appeared to be packed at the beginning of the meeting last night (c.50 people?), but that is dwarfed with the number of people who watched online. I hope the residents of Southend remember that it was the Conservative Administration who pushed for opening up democracy like never before.


About jamescourtenay

Local Southend resident, since before I can remember. I am hoping to represent the residents of Blenheim Park Ward after the May 2011 Local Elections. Straight Talking? - Yes. Approachable? - Yes. Accountable? - Yes. See my blog to find out how!
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One Response to Opening up democracy for all – “Hello Mum!”

  1. suetipping says:

    Well done Councillor Courtenay for delivering such good news about the Children’s Centres. I am very proud to see my son live on the New Council Webcast site and to see there were so many followers. It was fascinating watching the Full Council Meeting.
    Opening up Democracy for all – “Hello Mum!” ……. Yes, Mum watched!

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