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Breaking News, Cotterill on the Council

Exclusive: West Lancs Tory cabinet member may not be legitimate councillor

03.18.10 | 1 Comment

I am urgently seeking confirmation this morning on the shock revelation that Tory Portfolio Holder for Housing, Val Hopley, may NOT BE A WEST LANCASHIRE COUNCILLOR AT ALL.

The shock news comes in yesterday’s almost certainly reliable press report on the Ormskirk ASDA planning refusal:

Knowsley borough councillor Val Hopley said she could not lend her support to the scheme

If it is confirmed that ‘Cllr’ Hopley is in fact  a councillor for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, and has simply been masquerading as councillor for Knowsley Ward in Ormskirk, the implications could be huge.

Even more worryingly, Mrs Hopley’s name does not even come up on the list of councillors for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, raising suspicions that her identity may be completely faked.

This kind of manipulation of the electoral process would be staggering even by the Conservative administration’s standards, and the Electoral Commission would almost certainly have to be called in.

I’ll bring an update on this important matter as soon as I have it.  Meanwhile I’ll be getting back to my normal role, representing my constituents in Scarisbrick.

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