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Labour accuse Burntwood Town Council Conservatives of delivering “insult to the electorate” after appointment of new leader

The controlling Conservative group on Burntwood Town Council have been accused of delivering “an insult to the electorate” after confirming a new leader.

Cllr Norma Bacon

Cllr Norma Bacon

Cllr Norma Bacon has been appointed to the role just weeks after a controversial decision to co-opt her onto the council.

Opposition councillors claim an agreement had been made with the previous Conservative leadership team to allow Rob Birch to be co-opted following the resignation of Labour’s Keith Willis-Croft in the Chasetown ward.

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans, leader of the opposition Labour group said she was “astounded and shocked” by the decision to appoint Cllr Bacon as leader of the council.

She added: “Norma Bacon was only in post for three weeks before her elevation to leader, placed there by the Conservatives when they reneged on their promise to allow the Labour group to co-opt their candidate in what was a Labour seat, won fairly by us in 2015.

“We believe this is an affront and an insult to the electorate of Chasetown, as she has very scant knowledge of the requirements of Burntwood and no idea about the town and the running of the council.

“Added to that, she now represents three areas within the district, two in Lichfield and one in Burntwood. She refers constantly to the city, so how can she fairly represent all of them and put her energy into being Leader of Burntwood Town Council?”

Cllr Evans said the new leader needed to make a public statement about the issue.

“The people of Burntwood rightly believe that we are always the poor relation to Lichfield,” she said. “So where will the loyalty of Mrs Bacon lie now? Can she really do justice to the position?

“We firmly believe the answer is a clear no, she cannot.”

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  1. The Teach

    14th June, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Perhaps somebody should point out to Cllr Bacon that there is a clue in the name – Burntwood TOWN Council

  2. Toast

    14th June, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    The Netflix political drama House of Cards has nothing on these biddies, they’re tearing up the rulebook page by page.

  3. Sj

    14th June, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I’m just getting my popcorn and comfy seat ready.