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Council bullies

04.26.10 | 1 Comment

I’ve been sent some extraordinary email material setting out just how far West Lancashire Tory council will go to silence criticism.  It displays both a woeful ignorance and a staggering arrogance on the part of the local Tories.

Here’s the basic plot.

Last week  a Burscough resident, who also happens to work for the council and is a trade union representative, received campaign literature from her sitting Tory councillor, who is seeking re-election. 

She felt some of the material in the literature was unjustified, and indeed hypocritical, and emailed the councillor to tell her so.

She then received an email for another Tory councillor, who has nothing to do with this seat, to tell her that her correspondence had been forwarded to the Chief Executive “to determine the appropriate action”, and advising her that the sitting councillor would not herself be replying, and that any further communication should be sent to him.

This is an amazing abuse of power, and I hope the Tory leadership will be taking the appropriate action with this councillor.  Here’s a resident contacting her councillor in her own time, about matters unrelated to work, and she gets threatened with some kind of disciplinary action.


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