Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council are pushing for virtual meetings of the Council to start just as soon as it is technically feasible and safe to do so.
Officers at the Council have been working hard to ensure virtual meetings can begin as soon as possible, but they must first ensure that meetings can be held in a secure environment that safeguard the democratic principles that would be followed in a normal meeting of the council.
Robust systems must be in place that will allow all members the opportunity to be heard and to vote in a secure manner on issues being discussed.
Cross party Leaders talks are ongoing, and it is hoped that virtual meetings will begin in the very near future.
Malcolm Brown, Leader of the Lib Dems on Cornwall Council said:
“Liberal Democrats on the Council are extremely keen to get virtual meetings of the Council up and running just as soon as possible, but they must be conducted in a manner that is both fair and secure. Members must be confident that the systems in place will give them a fair crack of the whip and that their vote is accurately recorded. These are the principles that are being discussed and agreed at the all leader talks at the Council.”
Joyce Duffin, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems added:
“I would like to thank officers for the efforts in getting our meetings online. It is important we get this right and the technical issues around security, democratic principles and voting are not as easy as people seem to think. Let us not forget that virtual meetings of parliament have only just begun.”