Agenda item - SUPPORT UNITED NATIONS TPNW: ICAN CITIES APPEAL

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SUPPORT UNITED NATIONS TPNW: ICAN CITIES APPEAL

Proposed by Councillor Evans on behalf of the Labour Group.

Minutes:

77.1      The Notice of Motion as listed on the agenda was proposed by Councillor Evans on behalf of the Labour Group and formally seconded by Councillor Childs.

 

77.2      Councillor Clare moved an amendment on behalf of the Green Group which was formally seconded by Councillor Hugh-Jones.

 

77.3      Councillors Shanks, Nemeth and Janio spoke on the motion and Councillor Evans thanked everyone for their comments and confirmed that she could not accept the amendment.

 

77.4      The Mayor noted that the amendment had not been accepted and therefore put the amendment from the Green Group to the vote and called on each of the Group Leaders to confirm their position as well as the Groups in turn followed by the Independent Members:

 

Councillor Mac Cafferty stated that the Green Group were voting in favour of the amendment and this was confirmed by the Green Group Members;

 

Councillor Platts stated that the Labour Group were voting against the amendment and this was confirmed by the Labour Group Members;

 

Councillor Bell stated that the Conservative wished to abstain from voting on the amendment and this was confirmed by the Conservative Group Members;

 

Councillor Brennan confirmed that she was voting against the amendment;

 

Councillor Fishleigh confirmed that she wished to abstain from voting on the amendment;

 

Councillor Janio confirmed that he was voting against the amendment;

 

Councillor Knight confirmed that she was voting in favour of the amendment.

 

77.5      The Mayor confirmed that the outcome of the vote was tied and therefore he chose to use his casting vote against the amendment. He confirmed that the amendment had been lost and therefore put the motion as listed to the vote:

 

This Council notes;

1)     That any nuclear weapon detonation by accident or intent would constitute a major humanitarian catastrophe, with consequences transcending national borders and having grave implications for the health and survival of current and future generations;

2)     That the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons negotiated under United Nations auspices and adopted by 122 UN Member States on 7 July 2017, will gain international legal force on January 22nd 2021, 90 days after being signed and ratified by the first fifty governments;

3)     The important security, peace-building, safety and educational roles and responsibilities of  local authorities worldwide, including through 'Nuclear Free Local Authorities' (NFLA) and ‘Mayors for Peace’, of which BHCC is a member;

4)     That Mayors for Peace works with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN, 2017 Nobel Peace laureate) and other partners in over a hundred countries to encourage cities to support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; 

This Council resolves;

1)     To declare its support for the obligations and full implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;

2)     To call on the UK government to work for global peace in a world free of nuclear weapons by signing and ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and working alongside other UN Member States for its full implementation;  

3)     To inform the Prime Minister, UN Secretary-General, Mayors for Peace and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons of the Council's adoption of this resolution.

 

77.6      The Mayor called on each of the Group Leaders to confirm their position as well as the Groups in turn and each of the Independent Members:

 

Councillor Mac Cafferty stated that the Green Group were in favour of the motion and this was confirmed by the Members of the Green Group;

 

Councillor Platts stated that the Labour Group were in favour of the motion and this was confirmed by the Members of the Labour Group;

 

Councillor Bell stated that the Conservative Group wished to abstain from voting on the motion and this was confirmed by the Members of the Conservative Group;

 

Councillor Brennan confirmed that she was voting for the motion;

 

Councillor Fishleigh confirmed that she wished to abstain from voting on the motion;

 

Councillor Janio confirmed that he was voting against the motion;

 

Councillor Knight confirmed that she was voting for the motion.

 

77.7      The Mayor confirmed that the motion had been carried.

 

Closure Motion

 

77.8      The Mayor noted the meeting had been in session for 4 hours and in accordance with council procedural rules, he was required to move a closure motion. He therefore moved that the meeting should be concluded and put the motion to the vote.

 

77.9      The Mayor called on each of the Group Leaders to confirm their position as well as the Groups in turn and each of the Independent Members:

 

Councillor Mac Cafferty stated that the Green Group were in against the motion and this was confirmed by the Members of the Green Group;

 

Councillor Platts stated that the Labour Group were in favour of the motion and this was confirmed by the Members of the Labour Group;

 

Councillor Bell stated that the Conservative Group were against the motion and this was confirmed by the Members of the Conservative Group;

 

Councillor Brennan confirmed that she was voting for the motion;

 

Councillor Fishleigh confirmed that she was voting against the motion;

 

Councillor Janio confirmed that he was voting against the motion;

 

Councillor Knight confirmed that she wished to abstain from voting on the motion.

 

77.10   The Mayor noted that the motion had been lost and therefore moved to the next item.

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