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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Executive reject calls to resign

COPELAND Council’s ruling Executive says it will not bow to a petition calling for members’ resignation.

The Time For Change (TFC) campaign group has launched the petition calling for council leader Elaine Woodburn and her five-member Executive to step down immediately instead of remaining in post until they replaced by an elected mayor next May.

The call follows a £1.2m underspend by the council in a year it cut services.

TFC spokeswoman Carla Arrighi said that each week of mismanagement by the current leaders was making the incoming mayor’s job harder.

She said: “The ruling Executive will be replaced by a new system soon – but they cannot be allowed to do any more damage, so they should go now.”

Coun Woodburn responded: “They seem to want to attack, but don’t attack with the full facts in front of them.

“The directly elected mayor isn’t coming in until May and we still have a job to do. We (the Executive) live in Copeland and to say we do it damage is quite insulting to us as we have lived here all of our lives and want the best.”

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I find it insulting that this woman sits on Facebook praising ppl for picking up the work she has driven them to do. Yet complains when folk have made a mess in castle park that needed cleaned up. Ironic really, the root cause of the issue is frustrating isn't it? A bit like yourself and whitehaven.
The town morale is at an all time low, yet you made savings of over 1 million pounds, a least give the town a moral victory and walk. You are not wanted

Posted by Dave smith on 13 July 2014 at 07:06

I think you will find that it is in remit of the 51 councillors to deselect and then choose a new Leader at any time and then the new Leader can select a new Executive. In the case of enforced retirement of the Leader due to illness/resignation etc. a new Leader is elected by the councillors (as happened with the CCC a few years back). So the change of Leadership decision lies in the hands of the 51 councillors not the Leader or Executive. As usual Copeland Councillors do not want to know or fail to understand their constitution.

Posted by Arthur Millie on 12 July 2014 at 16:29

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