UKIP councillor reveals he stood down at Lichfield District Council to ensure taxpayers got value for money

The only UKIP councillor at Lichfield District Council admits he is embarrassed by his attendance record – but says his resignation will make sure the taxpayer gets value for money.

John Mills

John Mills

John Mills stepped down after it emerged he had attended just 45% of meetings since May 2016 – the lowest figure of any member of the local authority.

UKIP claimed their first council seat in 2015 after Mr Mills took second place in the Fazeley ward behind Conservative representative Olivia Joy Shepherd.

But a by-election now looms after the former councillor admitted he had been “naive” to assume he could combine his role with his full-time shift work.

“I am extremely embarrassed and sorry that my attendance levels have been so poor,” he told LichfieldLive. “But I have been struggling to reconcile my council duties with my shift work patterns.

“I work as part of a three-man team in a small department and although I have booked time off to attend meetings and training sessions – I took six days off last year – it is not possible to book enough days off to cover all of the council meetings, scrutiny committee meetings and training sessions. This is the main reason that my attendance levels are poor.

“In addition to this, in June of last year I was in Cyprus on a family holiday on the days that a council meeting and an overview and scrutiny committee took place.

“I am truly sorry for my poor attendance record but I was possibly a little naive to not realise that council work and shift work do not marry up well.”

Although admitting he was disappointed to have to stand down, he felt it was the right thing to do for local residents.

“I believe that I was not fulfilling my councillor responsibilities or giving the taxpayer value for money, so I thought it only right for me to step aside and allow someone else who can allocate the required time the opportunity to represent the residents of Fazeley ward.

“I am extremely saddened to take this action, but it was either resign or continue to miss many meetings.”

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2 Comments

  1. JimBob

    15th March, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    As much as I’d disagree with his political views…fair play to this guy for holding his hands up and saying he wouldn’t or couldn’t do it.
    What a contrast to Mosson and his cronies who make every excuse under the sun but still want their little bit of power and allowances. If you don’t have time to do it, then don’t…it isn’t difficult really. Then there’s the token Lib Dem who would like us to believe he’s been sent from on high as a gift to Lichfield and we should be thankful, despite the fact he can’t be arsed to attend a large portion of his Council meetings.
    I wonder if any others will be bold enough to follow John Mills’ lead? You don’t need to look far for another when you look at the statistics on this story. The other Fazeley councillor attendance isnt a great deal better. Will she resign? No course not because she’s part of the blue elite.
    Different year, same old local politics.

  2. Ken

    15th March, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Councillor with 45% attendance (John Mills) resigns.

    Councillor with 55% attendance (Alan White) launches vainglorious justfication of his woefully poor attendance in comments section of Lichfield Live article (http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2017/03/15/figures-reveal-councillor-attendance-record-at-lichfield-district-council/).

    Who’d have thought it?

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