Narcissism and the need for attention.
Has the old arguably more democratic committee system reintroduced by the Localism Act 2011 been forbidden again?Councils now have the choice of a Mayoral model or a Cabinet model - both remove straightforward voting control from the chamber of elected members and create a higher level executive chosen through power-broking.
They can ignore you even then, or lie to your face.If a cabinet member is not your councillor, they can mostly ignore you.
They can, but that would normally be a breach of the relevant Code of Conduct, so most don't.They can ignore you even then, or lie to your face.
At a local level calling councillors out here is at least possible, though the public questions protocol always gives them the last word.They can, but that would normally be a breach of the relevant Code of Conduct, so most don't.
But good luck getting that enforced since Dave threw the regulators on his "bonfire of red tape" and politicised standards enforcement. That's partly why Boris will have to decide whether or not to refer himself for punishment if the forthcoming report into parties finds he erred.
What is a cooperative area councillor?I have stood for and served as a parish councillor and a cooperative area councillor, both times non-party/independent. I have lost more elections than I won IIRC.
The most common motives at these lowest levels is a desire to make/help the voices of your neighbours (physically or politically) be heard and to use whatever skills you have to help your community (for example, I can read a set of building plans, which plenty of councillors cannot AFAICT).
Maybe narcissim and attention-seeking comes in for some at higher levels but the bottom level will be unrewarding for them. Usually the only time you get attention is when shoot farks up.