Regina v Flintshire County Council, Ex Parte Armstrong-Braun: CA 20 Feb 2001

A local council introduced a standing order to the effect that an item could not be placed on an agenda without being seconded. In doing so it had failed entirely to consider the fundamental effect this would have on democracy. Independent members and others seeking to be critical could find themselves unable to put unpopular matters before the council. Councillors represent particular areas and that one of the ways in which they are intended to exercise their function is by raising matters in council. The standing order prevented them from doing that. Such a rule might be introduced with sufficient safeguards and after appropriate qualification, but that did not apply here and the rule was set aside.


Sedley, Schiemann LJJ, Blackburne J


Times 08-Mar-2001, [2001] BLGR 344, [2001] LGR 344, [2001] EWCA Civ 345, (2001) 3 LGLR 34




Local Government Act 1972


England and Wales


Appeal fromRegina v Flintshire County Council ex parte Armstrong-Braun Admn 27-Jul-1999
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Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.88455