The behaviour of councillors during meetings reflects both on them and the council as a whole.

  • It is all to easy to forget this and bring the council into disrepute within the community
  • This Best Practice Guide is for town and parish councillors and residents who wish to understand the basic etiquette of council debate
  • Town and parish council chairman may wish to ensure that they are complying with best practice


The guide is a series of practical questions and answers that all councillors should consider before any council or committee meeting.


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Wanting to speak

Waiting to speak

Be polite

Taking turns

Keeping calm

Aside discussions

Leaving the table

Listen to others

After the vote


Each question is followed by a short answer


This guide is indicative and is not definitive.

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