Push the button - chairman's new way of silencing Aylesbury councillors

During an amusing exchange at Aylesbury Vale District Council's full meeting last night (Wednesday) chairman Sue Renshell joked she had a new way of stopping councillors from going over time - by pushing a button.

Thursday, 13th December 2018, 12:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 8:26 am
Cllr Sue Renshell gives Robin Stuchbury the thumbs-up as he asks whether she has a button to silence councillors that overrun during the Question Time part of the meeting

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, the Labour district councillor for the Buckingham area was in full flow during the 'Question Time' section of the meeting when he was suddenly cut off in his prime.

He asked Cllr Renshell if she 'had a button or something' and she joked that Cllr Stuchbury was correct with a comical thumbs-up gesture (pictured above).

She said: "Some councillors said they were not happy with a 30 second warning so I have a button instead!"

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The exchange caused considerable amusement in the council chamber.

The rules of the 'Question Time' part of the meeting state that council members are only allowed to ask two questions within an allocated 90 second period.