Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Reading councillor Cllr John Hartley has been kicked off a the council's SACRE advisory board for poor attendance.

The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education meets only three times per year to advise on religious education syllabus and acts of worship in the local authority schools, but Park ward's Cllr Hartley hasn't attended any in the past twelve months or excusing himself from attendance.

Cllr Hartley explained, "I wrote to the chairman apologising for not having sent my apologies," adding that he was happy to be updated by his party colleague Cllr Gul Khan.

Acting SACRE chairman Rabbi Zvi Solomons responded to Labour's Park lead councillor for education after the belatedly communication, saying the board now considered the position 'vacant and forfeit', adding that
"some councillors have the attitude towards religion and religious education that they don't take it as seriously as they should."
Scalp-hunters have been circling around Cllr Hartley for some time as evidence piles up of his attitude towards his official duties - he is also regularly ranked at the bottom of casework totals.

And Conservative Cllr Willis is noticably triumphant as he tries to score political points ahead of the vital local elections, describing how "further humiliation has been heaped on the tottering Labour minority administration."


Background: Conservatives Call For Hartley's Head

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