Outcast Barnet Tory councillor Kate Salinger says she has received widespread support from constituents

Outcast Barnet Tory councillor Kate Salinger says she has received widespread support from constituents

Outcast Barnet Tory councillor Kate Salinger says she has received widespread support from constituents

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THE councillor shunned by her Tory party colleagues for not supporting a vote in favour of allowance increases claims she has received widespread support from her constituents.

Conservative ward councillor for Coppetts, Councillor Kate Salinger, was stripped of her committee roles following her abstention in the vote on the issue of giving extra money to senior party members.

She has previously stated the decision was taken as a matter of conscience, which according to party rules, allows her a free right not to support party policy.

But following the meeting of full council on Tuesday night, she became the focus of media attention and was quickly prised by many sides for taking a stand.

Speaking yesterday, Cllr Salinger said: “I am sad they have misjudged the local community view to the extent they have, because the messages of support and congratulation I have received represent all types of people from all corners of the borough.

“I hope the decision will be reviewed and that many Barnet councillors will reject the rise they have been offered.”

Cllr Salinger's profile on Barnet Council's website has been amended to take account of her removal from her committee positions, but still shows she is chairman of the childrens' services overview and scrutiny sub-committee.

Former teacher Cllr Salinger, who has been on the council since 2006, in fact chaired a meeting of the committee on Wednesday as members are not able to vote to remove the chair. The party will have to wait until the next meeting of a more senior committee before voting on whether Cllr Salinger should remain.

But she thinks her actions have shown her depth of feeling against the plans in increase the allowances of some councillors by up to £20,000.

She said: “It is damaging to the Conservative party of Barnet.

“They take no account of the current economic climate or of how many other people are having to make sacrifices as a result.

“They seem to think they are professionals and should be paid more money as professionals. In a time of plenty it might be appropriate to take the rise, but it is not a time of plenty.”

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has criticised the move, claiming it “looks and feels wrong”.

And Cllr Salinger, who is married to the former leader of the council, Councillor Brian Salinger, said the treatment by her council colleagues will not deter her from serving the community as a Tory representative.

She said:”I am a Conservative and I was following national leadership, which I am happy to do.

“I have not been criticised by any constituents and I can only imagine my actions met with their favour.

“I will continue to serve my constituents the best I can and I can only in a way I have always tried to.”

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12:36am Sat 17 Jul 10

GBC says...

Well done Councillor Salinger.

Perhaps you would like to visit our fire station this coming week instead of the silent mayor who seems to be dumbstruck at the moment, or just another money grabbing title holder?

Perhap's Coleman has everyone else on his little lead?
Well done Councillor Salinger. Perhaps you would like to visit our fire station this coming week instead of the silent mayor who seems to be dumbstruck at the moment, or just another money grabbing title holder? Perhap's Coleman has everyone else on his little lead? GBC
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8:35am Sat 17 Jul 10

Caro1000 says...

I also applaud Councillor Salinger for standing up for her principles. As for the rest of them.....Mrs Angry on her blog puts the behaviour of the other councillors so succinctly 'The greedy, shameless Tory councillors of Broken Barnet have got their sweaty little palms on even more of our money, whilst lecturing you, me and all the residents of this borough about the need for austerity and also preparing to slash council funding, services and jobs. and.... Now let's see some real hard line response from the government and Conservative party, and action to deal with this renegade bunch, and then I might begin to have some belief in David Cameron's ability to run the country.'

After watching their performance in the council meeting last Tuesday I have never seen a more discreditable bunch of Tory councillors than the selection we have now.
I also applaud Councillor Salinger for standing up for her principles. As for the rest of them.....Mrs Angry on her blog puts the behaviour of the other councillors so succinctly 'The greedy, shameless Tory councillors of Broken Barnet have got their sweaty little palms on even more of our money, whilst lecturing you, me and all the residents of this borough about the need for austerity and also preparing to slash council funding, services and jobs. and.... Now let's see some real hard line response from the government and Conservative party, and action to deal with this renegade bunch, and then I might begin to have some belief in David Cameron's ability to run the country.' After watching their performance in the council meeting last Tuesday I have never seen a more discreditable bunch of Tory councillors than the selection we have now. Caro1000
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9:41am Sat 17 Jul 10

Rog T says...

I nominate Kate Salinger for an OBE. She has become the conscience of the Barnet Conservative Party and for that I applaud her
I nominate Kate Salinger for an OBE. She has become the conscience of the Barnet Conservative Party and for that I applaud her Rog T
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11:33am Sat 17 Jul 10

Jon10 says...

Councillor Salinger deserves recognition from across the political spectrum, for her unwillingness to be brow-beaten by the Chief Whip and his team.

But where is there any other sign of morality in the ruling party? Nearly all the honourable people have been squeezed out by now. It will be difficult to build an alternative leadership from the morally-corrupt bunch of yes-men and -women we unfortunately now have elected.
Councillor Salinger deserves recognition from across the political spectrum, for her unwillingness to be brow-beaten by the Chief Whip and his team. But where is there any other sign of morality in the ruling party? Nearly all the honourable people have been squeezed out by now. It will be difficult to build an alternative leadership from the morally-corrupt bunch of yes-men and -women we unfortunately now have elected. Jon10
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2:04pm Sun 18 Jul 10

representor says...

Well done to Cllr Sallinger. Glad to see one Tory councillor crawling out of the mire. I am a local resident campaigning for change in our crescent as we are the designated free overflow and racing circuit for the surrounding CPZ area in High Barnet. The situation is now so bad that fire engines, ambulances, bin men and deliveries frequently cannot gain access to all three roads due to poor parking and blocked corners. The emergency services have been reporting this for five years or more. We have been campaigning for the introduction of yellows on the corners/white parking control lines and, daringly, inclusion in the surrounding CPZ. Why has nothing been done? Because Councillor Bridget Perry, who happens to live amongst us, stated that permits will not facilitate her as she has problems parking at night, not during the day. So that's alright then! This was stated during a Forum meeting and I have now requested via Theresa Villiers and Director of Highways Dorne Karaneck that Councillor Perry declares a conflict of interest and abstains from affecting the outcome of this campaign which she had begun to do by releasing internal council information to a local group who have been against any form of control in our roads since 2004. (Suprisingly she no longer chairs the Forums since then either.) Needless to say what goes on behind the closed doors of the council will no doubt thwart any attempt by the residents affected to improve their lot. It obviously pays to have friends in high places. There was a fire at the end of our road last week to which the fire brigade could not get to for over half an hour due to a vehicle parked badly and obstructing the road. Neil Richardson of Highways claimed they do not have the resources to paint lines... Now we know why they have no funds, they have pocketed it all. Let's just pray no-one needs an ambulance down here for the forsee-able future. Greed, manipulation and selfishness have brought Barnet to it's knees. I don't even want to start on the state of the market! RIP thanks to money grabbing developers.
Well done to Cllr Sallinger. Glad to see one Tory councillor crawling out of the mire. I am a local resident campaigning for change in our crescent as we are the designated free overflow and racing circuit for the surrounding CPZ area in High Barnet. The situation is now so bad that fire engines, ambulances, bin men and deliveries frequently cannot gain access to all three roads due to poor parking and blocked corners. The emergency services have been reporting this for five years or more. We have been campaigning for the introduction of yellows on the corners/white parking control lines and, daringly, inclusion in the surrounding CPZ. Why has nothing been done? Because Councillor Bridget Perry, who happens to live amongst us, stated that permits will not facilitate her as she has problems parking at night, not during the day. So that's alright then! This was stated during a Forum meeting and I have now requested via Theresa Villiers and Director of Highways Dorne Karaneck that Councillor Perry declares a conflict of interest and abstains from affecting the outcome of this campaign which she had begun to do by releasing internal council information to a local group who have been against any form of control in our roads since 2004. (Suprisingly she no longer chairs the Forums since then either.) Needless to say what goes on behind the closed doors of the council will no doubt thwart any attempt by the residents affected to improve their lot. It obviously pays to have friends in high places. There was a fire at the end of our road last week to which the fire brigade could not get to for over half an hour due to a vehicle parked badly and obstructing the road. Neil Richardson of Highways claimed they do not have the resources to paint lines... Now we know why they have no funds, they have pocketed it all. Let's just pray no-one needs an ambulance down here for the forsee-able future. Greed, manipulation and selfishness have brought Barnet to it's knees. I don't even want to start on the state of the market! RIP thanks to money grabbing developers. representor
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11:19pm Sun 18 Jul 10

Bluebird007 says...

Congratulations Kate.

Sadly you are not in my Ward - I admire your principles.
Congratulations Kate. Sadly you are not in my Ward - I admire your principles. Bluebird007
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