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The next candidate to be interviewed was David Lamb. David has been a councillor for four years.
Cllr Lamb had a very strong attendance record during his last four-year term.
David’s tenure as the chairman of New Mills Town Council 2014-2015 was outstanding. This is because he stood up to all of the blackmail, all of the threats, and all of the dirty tricks that the ex-town clerk’s little band of supporters could throw at him following her dismissal.
As a result, the Hall Street Jokers failed in their attempt to shake down New Mills town council - and hence the council taxpayers of New Mills. See previous HPT articles for all the details of this.
However some of the Hall Street Jokers are still up to their little games so far as Cllr Lamb is concerned.
After trying to scapegoat everyone else, the HSJs are now trying to scapegoat Cllr Lamb for their abject defeat in their doomed Employment Tribunal claim.
The HSJs look everywhere to cast blame, except for the right place. The blame lies solely with the unacceptable actions and omissions of the dishonest, incompetent and foul-mouthed former town clerk (Susan Stevens) who was sacked for gross misconduct in a public office.
The latest lies against Cllr Lamb being peddled by disgraced ex-councillor Alistair Stevens (partner of Susan Stevens) are claims of so-called ‘money laundering’. No doubt Cllr Lamb will also be accused of financing Al-Qaeda, planning to poison the national water supply, causing the Greek eurozone crisis, and being behind the appointment of Chris Evans to Top Gear.
Rebecca was the only candidate to get a vote from all six of the voting councillors. That’s quite a vote of confidence to live up, so good luck to her.
Being a beginner at this sort of thing, Rebecca indicated that she would like to attend the necessary ‘good councillor’ training. She won’t have to start from scratch though, as the excellent Good Councillor Guide is expected to be distributed to all the newly co-opted councillors who don’t yet have a copy
When leaving the interview, she put in a good word for Lynn Allen (formerly Cardwell), the candidate who was not present at the interviews.
Andy Bowers is New Mills born and bred, with a phenomenal range of local contacts. He has just completed a four-year term as a councillor.
Andy believes that, because the council is a public body, paid for by public money, its business must be conducted openly and in public.
The six new councillors-elect on New Mills Town Council were announced as (in alphabetical order):
Andy Bowers (subsequently withdrew; see note below)
Just after the co-option meeting ended, Andy Bowers announced to the meeting that he was withdrawing from the co-option process. As he did not sign the Declaration of Acceptance of Office, he did not become a councillor.
The above five new members join the existing six councillors, who are:
Sean Whewell (Chair)
The gender agenda
The council is now more balanced than previously, having seven males and four females, and a couple of younger (or at least younger-looking) members. It is no longer exclusively pale, male and stale.