Debate about royal picture branded a waste of time

COUNCILLORS have denounced a debate about a portrait of the Queen as a waste of their time and taxpayers’ money.

Members of North Tyneside Council spent over half an hour discussing the future of the painting, removed from the council chamber at the authority’s North Shields headquarters last year.

Conservative members are calling for the portrait to be reinstated.

However, Labour councillor Frank Lott said: “We spent over 30 minutes discussing this matter. That’s a ridiculous amount of time.

“I don’t think it should have been brought in the first place.

“I know we were there anyway for other matters, but all the money spent on getting officers there and electricity, it’s mind-boggling.”

An amendment suggested by fellow Labour councillor Norma Redfearn calling for the picture to be put on permanent display in the reception area of the council’s Cobalt Business Park HQ was approved.