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RIBA ruling council slammed for secretive 'Blairite' leadership

The RIBA's ruling council faced a rebellion yesterday (Wednesday) over alleged 'Blairite-style' secrecy. At the time of going to press, former presidential candidate David Thorp was set to launch a motion, at Wednesday's council meeting, damning the leadership's 'ever-increasing use of confidentiality'.

He told the AJ he had become frustrated with the way council meetings are run. 'We are given papers to look at before each meeting but we are not allowed to discuss them with the local membership, ' he said. 'What is the point of that? How am I supposed to canvass opinion and represent members in the West Midlands?

We are one step away from totalitarianism, ' Thorp added.

Thorp has the support of London Region representative Chris Roche. 'The RIBA is becoming increasingly centralised, ' Roche said, 'and it is very difficult to work as an effective councillor.

They do not want to see debate outside the President's cabinet, 'he added. 'It is very inflexible.'

President-elect George Ferguson last week revealed to the AJ plans for a 'kitchen cabinet' consisting of the profession's great and good, to help raise architecture's profile with government and the wider public.

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