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Councillors break the rules to prevent Green Deputy Mayor

31st January 2019

Oswestry Town Councillors suspended standing orders to avoid electing Green Councillor, Duncan Kerr, to the office of Deputy Mayor.

Councillor Duncan Kerr made the following statement:

"It has been a long standing tradition and indeed the rules of Oswestry Town Council that the longest serving councillor becomes the Deputy Mayor and then the Mayor.

"This avoids these civic roles from being political appointments by whatever group happens to have the most councillors. It has seen mayors drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and views.

"On Monday night the Town Council started the process of choosing the mayor for the next civic year and if the Constitution had been adhered to I would have become the Deputy Mayor.

"Disappointingly this didn't happen and the rules were broken to appoint a Conservative councillor with less service than myself.

"It is a sad day for the town, the Council and for Oswestry. At a time when we need to respect differing views the Council should not be throwing away a tradition that has served the town well.

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