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Claim by-election result shows culture of closed door democracy at Lichfield District Council must change

The culture of closed door democracy at Lichfield District Council must change, according to the leader of the opposition group.

Lichfield District Council House

Lichfield District Council House

The claim comes after Labour took the Curborough ward seat from the Conservatives in a by-election yesterday (July 5).

Colin Ball’s victory comes in the wake of the collapse of the Friarsgate redevelopment, which has sparked calls for Cllr Mike Wilcox, leader of the Conservative-controlled council to resign.

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward

And Labour opposition group leader Sue Woodward insisted the result showed residents would not allow elected politicians to ignore them.

“The voters of Curborough have sent a forceful message to the Conservative leadership – take us for granted at your peril,” she said.

“For too long, too many of the backbench Conservatives have been unwilling to speak up on behalf of the people who elected them and I hope that this result will see a change of culture at Lichfield District Council which encourages open debate rather than secret discussions behind closed doors.”

Cllr Woodward said she was sure Cllr Ball would be a strong asset to the local authority.

“I know he’ll be a great advocate for his ward and its residents,” she said. “He’ll also be an effective voice in the council chamber, speaking up for the causes he is passionate about.

“The work starts now for Colin to retain the seat next May. We will not take our electors for granted – we never have and never will.”

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