Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Bye-election writ moved

Time for a verdict on the Tories in Cleadon

The writ for the bye-election in the Cleadon and East Boldon Ward will be formally moved today with the election likely to be held on September 14th. I missed the news last week (when I was away) concerning both the resignation of Cllr. Phil Parkinson, caused by his non-attendance at Council meetings over the past six months, and the fact that Cllr. David Potts (pictured) had amassed a massive 2,250 pound expense claim for travel between Cambridge where he is studying, and South Shields where he attended meetings. Apparently David has a penchant for travelling first class at our expense!

Cllr. Parkinson's resignation reminded me of the similar demise of Progressive Councillor Harry Richardson some years ago, and I think it is rather disrespectful to one's electorate to accept the candidacy, fight and win an election, then fail to carry out one's responsibilities. It makes you wonder how long it will be before Cllr. Alan Branley faces a similar decision?

The bye-election in Cleadon and East Boldon will undoubtedly be seen as a chance for voters to give their verdict on the Conservative Party's representatives and may prove uncomfortable for the Tories.

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