EXCLUSIVE: The Leader of Lichfield District Council has called for a councillor who pleaded guilty to common assault to resign.
Cllr David Smith’s comments came after Cllr John Walker (Ind, Curborough) admitted the offence in court earlier today.
Cllr Walker – who had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of harrassment and common assault against Michael Plant on August 29 – claims he pleaded guilty as part of an agreement that would see the harrassment charge dropped against him and his co-accused 49-year-old Lynda Mary Goring.
Cllr Walker, of Samuel Close, Lichfield, has courted controversy in the past by backing a BNP councillor to stand in the county elections and comparing North Lichfield to Beirut.
These comparisons, coupled with his admission today, have led Cllr Smith to call for his resignation.
The Leader of Lichfield District Council said:
“I am appalled that a member of Lichfield District Council who is supposed to support and represent the community and is so vocal about safety in North Lichfield has admitted a crime of violence.
“I see no choice for him other than to resign and I look forward to receiving his resignation.”
However, Cllr Walker – who was fined £120 and made to pay compensation of £90, victim support of £15 and costs of £120 – claims he has no intention of stepping down.
He told The Lichfield Blog:
“Councillor Smith has been asking me to step down ever since I was elected, but I have absolutely no intention of doing so. I still represent the people that elected me and intend to continue doing so.
“I still believe I am innocent as I only pleaded guilty in order to prevent my assistant, who was also being charged with harassment, from having to go to court. I was essentially being a gentleman.”