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“This vindicates my concerns expressed earlier this week, however, I still have to ask: Is it morally right for someone to stand for Council and be elected for a four-year term in June knowing full well that she will have to resign within 50 weeks and cause a costly by-election if she is elected to Parliament in what is one of the safest Labour seats in the country? Is that a prudent use of Council Tax payers’ money? “I appreciate that she will rightly argue that the electors’ vote at the general election cannot be taken for granted in Cannock Chase, and with recent by-election results, she may be right. But come on: Does this show the sort of commitment needed by either a County Councillor standing for election or a potential Member of Parliament?”It is estimated that the cost of a County Council by election will be in the order £15,000 to £20,000.