Jackie Weaver, whose handling of a Handforth city council meeting on Zoom went viral, did not have the power to mute and exclude councilors, an official report concludes.
When Weaver removed the chairman of the board from the conversation and kept him in the virtual waiting room, his rebuke was, “You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver. No authority at all” – became a meme.
The Cheshire East council has published six reports totaling 145 pages examining the behavior of parish councillors.
An outside researcher said: “Faced with unusual and difficult circumstances and the deep-seated problems underlying those circumstances, we can understand why Jackie Weaver acted the way she did, despite her action having no formal basis in terms of due process and procedure.”