Burntwood councillor calls election poster ban undemocratic

A decision to ban election posters from lamposts in Lichfield and Burntwood has been branded “undemocratic” by a  councillor.

Cllr Steve Norman

Cllr Steve Norman

Cllr Steve Norman (Lab, Summerfield) made his comments after a decision by Staffordshire County Council to prevent any political adverts from going up in the region.

The zer0-tolerance stance was announced by Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins, but Cllr Norman has called for the decision to be reviewed. He explained:

“It’s undemocratic because it puts smaller parties like the Greens and even the Liberal Democrats at a disadvantage as they have fewer volunteers to help with leafleting.  A good poster display – taken down within the three weeks prescribed by law of course – can make up for this to some degree.”

The decision has also been questioned by Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

Writing on his Twitter account, the Conservative MP said:

“Disappointed that for the 1st time, we are not allowed to put posters up on lampposts in LichVegas thru the election. We always win at that!”

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1 Comment

  1. Andy F

    24th February, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Whoever you vote for, the government always gets in – In Lichfield of course Mickey Fabs gonna win so it doesn’t really matter.

    I hope this doesn’t signal a return to the days of politicians with Megaphones poking out the roof of a Ford Cortina covered in party colour balloons.

    However – it seems a bit strange to me – is Staffordshire the only place where they are banned?
    Surely its up to us people to change our Democratic system…

    Get Philip Atkins out of office – He’s acting like Emporer Palpatine from Starwars.