The “complete transparency” demanded by Aughton & Downholland Cllr Sam Currie exposed.
Official WLBC Committee attendance. 08/11/2019 – 02/05/2020; Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee, 2 meetings Cllr Samuel Currie 0 attendances; Council, 3 meetings Cllr Samuel Currie 1 attendance; Licensing & Appeals Committee, 3 meetings Cllr Samuel Currie 0 attendances; Licensing & Gambling Committee, 1 meeting Cllr Samuel Currie 0 attendances; West Lancashire Armed Forces Community Covenant Working Group, 1 meeting Cllr Samuel Currie 0 attendances.
WEST LANCASHIRE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY COVENANT WORKING GROUP HELD: Wednesday, 19 February 2020 Start: 2.00 p.m. Finish: 4.05 p.m. In attendance 20 people including Veterans, Royal British Legion, Ex-services Association, and WLBC officers. Apologies for absence were received from Rosetta Hart (RAFA). No apology for absence was received from Cllr Currie.
But what goes around comes around? From the Visiter January 2018 “Councillor hits out over ‘frivolous and bizarre’ complaint”. A Conservative councillor has criticised the Labour Party after being subject to a ‘bizarre and frivolous’ complaint. “An unnamed Labour councillor made an official complaint over the behaviour of Cllr Sam Currie at a council meeting in October 2017, in which he criticised another councillor before repeating his comments in a subsequent press release.
“Cllr Currie had questioned if another councillor had stepped down from a committee role due to living too far away, and whether doing so was fair to those living in her ward. “In an official complaint the Aughton and Downholland councillor was accused of failing to treat the other councillor with respect, failing to treat the mayor with respect by not stopping speaking when asked, and also of bringing his office or the council into disrepute.
“After being cleared of any misconduct by a West Lancashire Borough Council solicitor, Cllr Currie hit out at Labour for wasting the council’s time and money on the complaint which involved an independent adjudicator overseeing the process. He said he only learnt of the complaint after receiving a letter clearing him of any breach of the code.
“He said “How can this be conducive to local government when on the one hand they’re complaining about the government cutting back on local government resources and on the other they’re frivolously wasting money on spurious complaints? I think there should be complete transparency and to not be able to ask questions is not transparent.
“Responding to the criticism Cllr Ian Moran , the leader of the Labour-run council, said the complaint was made by an individual councillor and that he had absolutely no problem with them doing so. He also pointed to previous complaints made by Conservative councillors which has also been resulted in no misconduct being found.
“He said “Councillors are entitled to put complaints in. If you look at the past record, most of the complaints have been from Conservatives so I think he needs to refresh his memory. He is entitled to jump up and down but I’m happy with our stance”.
In his comments informing Cllr Currie of the decision, the borough’s solicitor had argued that a degree of ‘robustness’ is expected of those holding office and that nothing which was alleged to have been said would have constituted a breach of the code of conduct. Ultimately, he argued, the threshold required for a breach of the code was ‘much higher’ than what was alleged”.
We are of course guided by the Tory High Command. After 13/09/2017, QLocal reported “West Lancashire Conservative Councillor Sam Currie has called on Cllr Liz Savage to ‘make her mind up’ as to where she wishes to represent”. Yesterday, he told QLocal “While Cllr Savage, who lives within the South Ribble constituency, jumps on every bandwagon going in Southport, she is in real danger of neglecting the West Lancashire residents who pay her allowances!
“If she wishes to represent Southport, then she would be well advised to stand down from her position on West Lancashire Borough Council allowing somebody who wants to see a better West Lancashire take her place. Her actions stink of political opportunism” Cllr. Currie said.
And Cllr Savage, who has lost the last two general elections in Southport, was accused of bringing West Lancashire council into disrepute by Conservative leader Councillor David Westley . “What does this say to the people of West Lancashire and perhaps more importantly, the people of Ashurst in Skem. who she supposedly represents? If I was a Labour voter within West Lancashire I would be feeling very short changed seeing someone happily taking my tax money but spending more time in Southport. I call on Labour leader Cllr Moran to take decisive action and force Cllr Savage into deciding which area she wishes to represent”.
So now, in all sincerity, might we expect, from distant London, that Cllr Currie will look back over the years to his and his party High Commander’s hypocritical remarks, their political opportunism, and realise what total arseholes they look like with his stance today?