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Councillors clash over respective records at Lichfield District Council

Two councillors have clashed over the value of their contributions at Lichfield District Council.

Jon O'Hagan and Paul Ray
Jon O’Hagan and Paul Ray

Conservative Cllr Jon O’Hagan and Lib Dem rival Paul Ray will both stand again at the local elections in May – took to social media to criticise each other.

But Cllr O’Hagan questioned his counterpart’s election material sparking the online spat between the duo.

“Love the election leaflet,” he said. “Especially the bit about working all year round.

“Does that mean you hope to improve on your 50% attendance record?”

But Cllr Ray said he was “proud” of his achievements, insisting the contribution to debates was key.

“Being a councillor is about getting things done,” the Lib Dem councillor said. “My leaflet sets out my record. I’m proud of that.

“As a councillor it’s about more than just turning up to meetings and just sitting there and saying nothing – like you.

“I’ve never heard you speak at a council meeting. Your contribution is 0% and mine is 100%.”

Cllr O’Hagan insisted Cllr Ray’s contributions were “largely irrelevant”.

The Conservative councillor said: “I say something when there’s something to say – when you bother to attend you miss the point so often that it’s laughable.”

Cllr Ray hit back, claiming his Tory rival was seeking to avoid the real issues and failing to pick up “the public mood”.

“The comments are just negative,” he said. “People don’t want to hear that. Residents want to know what we’re going to do for them.”

“Let’s focus on the issues.”

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2 Comments

  1. Michel Souris

    8th April, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Let’s face it, Cllr O’Hagan was incorrect in his costings for Friarsgate so why would we believe him now. Tories are a spent force with no imagination, no financial control and no respect for the electorate.

  2. Paul Ecclestone-Brown

    10th April, 2019 at 10:34 am

    What this election is doing is highlighting the fundamental weakness in our electoral system with entrenched major parties.

    Each election potentially becomes a race to the bottom with many candidates concentrating on the weaknesses of others (the easy cheap shots) rather than trying to promote the positives of their ideas and policies and their benefits for all the electorate. Ultimately in the council this leads to decisions being made in private amongst the few, with reduced chance of wider scrutiny. There is a risk of bad decisions being made that will not be in the wider best interest.

    A challenge to all candidates in the forthcoming local elections. Be positive – highlight what you think is good about what you and your party (if you represent one) can offer all the citizens of Lichfield. By all means challenge others’ ideas, but with facts, not dogma.

    At the end of the day, we need a wide range of opinion to be heard in the council chamber. We need a council lead by consensus, not railroaded by an executive.

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