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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Conference Credits

Posted by davidburbage on October 10, 2009

Our implementation of spending transparency was a gold star that followed me round last week – I didn’t see Caroline Spelman’s speech but it was just Boris and ourselves that got namechecked.

Fifty years ago, Margaret Thatcher – as a backbencher – championed a bill requiring council meetings to be held in public.

It made local politics more accountable and accessible.

The time has come to do the same with the money.

As you might expect its our councils who lead the way.

Under Boris Johnson, City Hall publishes all expenditure over one thousand pounds.

And Windsor & Maidenhead already publish all spending over five hundred pounds.

We want the rest to be as good as the best.

Attending a fringe meeting with John Redwood, Ruth Lea and Matthew Elliott of the Taxpayers Alliance on the scale of the economic crisis, I was amazed and impressed that Windsor and Maidenhead were credited out of the blue (by Matthew Elliott) with transparency as being one of the ways to keep public spending under control to a very large fringe meeting. (He didn’t even know I was in the audience!)

And keeping public spending under control is something we need to do.DSC01337

And talking to Tim Montgomerie from ConservativeHome, he said “ah, you’ve done the spending transparency – well done!” …..

Now Caroline Spelman is going to legislate for it !

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