Rothpol can bring news of a mystery concerning the qualification for service on Aston cum Aughton parish council of a Labour member, Derek Corkell.
Remember when the last round of parish and Town council elections took place, Gerald Smith the Labour agent, was found to have broken electoral law and ended up accepting a formal Police caution, counts on criminal record, for an outrageous leaflet, distributed during the campaign. This incident caused Michael Elmer to coin the term ‘scum labour’ to sum up their outrageous and fundamentally undemocratic behaviour!
At the time much was made about the qualification to serve, residency qualifications, of at least one Aston-cum-Aughton Independent candidate.
Imagine my surprise then, when it has emerged, that a serving Labour member, Derek Corkell may no longer be qualified to serve on Aston parish council?
The facts appear to be these, Derek’s published telephone number no longer seems to work. Neighbours report that he now lives in Swinton! Quite a stretch, even for labour, of the residency qualification? He was vice chair of the council and at the last AGM should have become chair, but without explanation a labour substitute was elected!
Assuming the above is correct and Derek is no longer qualified, then the Clerk should automatically have initiated the vacancy procedure, why hasn’t this happened? We should be told! Anyone would be forgiven for thinking, that a by-election was being avoided?
If nothing else, this will give the two Independent members, something interesting to ask questions about, at the next meeting of Aston-cum-Aughton parish council. The people demand, that these questions be answered!
Register of Members Interests: Councillor D Corkell