Opposition councillors were today gagged by Hull’s Labour administration and prevented from discussing fluoridation of Hull’s water supply.
Opposition councillors had called for a debate after proposals to fluoridate the water supply were put forward last month.
It is expected that the proposals will go to a meeting of Hull’s Health and Well-being Board later this month.
Opposition councillors had wanted to discuss the issue before it went to the board. However, Labour councillors used a procedural rule to avoid debate at a meeting of councillors today.
Deputy Leader of the Lib Dem Group, Councillor Mike Ross, said: “What are Labour councillors afraid of? This is an important issue that effects every person in the city and there should be a full debate of the issue.
“It looks like the bad old days of Labour’s Guildhall bosses are back. They clearly want to stop any debate or consultation of their proposals, which is a disgrace.
“Lib Dem councillors have already stated their opposition to proposals to fluoridate Hull’s water. We wanted to debate the issue and hear all the points of view. Labour’s move will means we will not get that chance.”