Southampton mayor to impose fines if phones go off in meetings

Daily Echo: New mayor Sue Blatchford with previous mayor Ivan White New mayor Sue Blatchford with previous mayor Ivan White

THE new Mayor of Southampton did not take long to make her mark.

Councillor Sue Blatchford laid down the law in presiding over her first full council meeting, telling councillors she would fine anyone whose mobile phone went off during proceedings.

Any money accrued from such fines will be given to the Mayor’s charities The Rainbow Centre and Southampton and District Samaritans.

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9:42am Sun 22 Jun 14

Linesman says...

An excellent idea.

There is no excuse for having a mobile phone switched on during meetings, and a good choice for where the money collected in fines should go.
An excellent idea. There is no excuse for having a mobile phone switched on during meetings, and a good choice for where the money collected in fines should go. Linesman
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Sun 22 Jun 14

pinions says...

If this is the only example of what the Mayor does, do we really need a mayor? Another wage packet for another 'decorative' role. No Mayor, no meetings, less cuts to public spending.
If this is the only example of what the Mayor does, do we really need a mayor? Another wage packet for another 'decorative' role. No Mayor, no meetings, less cuts to public spending. pinions
  • Score: -3

5:38pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Linesman says...

pinions wrote:
If this is the only example of what the Mayor does, do we really need a mayor? Another wage packet for another 'decorative' role. No Mayor, no meetings, less cuts to public spending.
If you think that it is such an easy, 'do nothing' job, why don't you stand for election as a city councillor, and if elected, you may have the opportunity to become Mayor.

It is no '9 to 5' job, and many a Mayor ends their term 'out of pocket' as the allowances did not cover all of the costs.

Before you criticise, find out a bit about what you are criticising.
[quote][p][bold]pinions[/bold] wrote: If this is the only example of what the Mayor does, do we really need a mayor? Another wage packet for another 'decorative' role. No Mayor, no meetings, less cuts to public spending.[/p][/quote]If you think that it is such an easy, 'do nothing' job, why don't you stand for election as a city councillor, and if elected, you may have the opportunity to become Mayor. It is no '9 to 5' job, and many a Mayor ends their term 'out of pocket' as the allowances did not cover all of the costs. Before you criticise, find out a bit about what you are criticising. Linesman
  • Score: 2

8:41am Mon 23 Jun 14

southy says...

The Mayor needs to also stop Councillors from using the internet and posting on sites like this one when in a meeting
The Mayor needs to also stop Councillors from using the internet and posting on sites like this one when in a meeting southy
  • Score: 1

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