Pendle councillor faces disqualification

A VETERAN councillor is facing disqualification unless she attends one of two meetings scheduled to take place early in the New Year.

Coun Shelagh Derwent has not attended any Pendle Council meetings for nearly six months and is at risk of automatically losing her Blacko and Higherford seat.

The Lancashire Telegraph understands she was been living with family in Dorset since last summer after the sale of her Flaxmoss Farm home in Blacko.

Conservatives in the borough made an 11th-hour bid to have a ‘leave of absence’ granted to Coun Derwent at Thursday night’s full council meeting.

But the emergency item, which would have given special dispensation for her non-attendance until the annual council meeting in July, was withdrawn after it emerged both Labour and Liberal Democrat opposition members were likely to object.

Coun Derwent must now attend either the Barrowford and Western Parishes committee on January 9 or the borough’s next accounts and audit committee meeting, where she is also a member, or risk being disqualified.

One council source said: “It’s not as if this councillor is unwell - she has been living on the south coast with her family and has not been seen in Pendle for some time.”

Coun Joe Cooney confirmed that his party wanted to give Coun Derwent the opportunity to attend the January meetings but did not comment further.

If she failed then a vacancy would be declared at the budget council meeting in February, which would need to be filled within 35 days.

Elections are scheduled for this May but by law the seat would need to be filled before then.

Last October Coun Derwent announced she was stepping down as the Pendle West county councillor, before elections the following May.

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12:09pm Sun 22 Dec 13

drunken donut says...

If she doesn't live in the area what use is she? Boot her out.
If she doesn't live in the area what use is she? Boot her out. drunken donut

1:27pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

If someone is no longer living in the area - and has not been for 6 months - they should resign as a Councillor.

Its this sort of greedy behaviour which brings politics into disrepute.
If someone is no longer living in the area - and has not been for 6 months - they should resign as a Councillor. Its this sort of greedy behaviour which brings politics into disrepute. Excluded again

3:43pm Sun 22 Dec 13

phil kernot says...

Another pig with her snout in the trough taking the expenses but not doing anything for it sack her its a disgrace for the tax payer .
Another pig with her snout in the trough taking the expenses but not doing anything for it sack her its a disgrace for the tax payer . phil kernot

3:46pm Sun 22 Dec 13

David Richardson says...

So they have an extension for Cllr John David but not for Shelagh?

That's a pretty poor effort!

Shelagh's husband died and everyone knows she's had some difficulties since...

She's been our councillor for years and done a perfect job!

It doesn't surprise me Labour wont support her but I expected more from the Liberal Democrats!
So they have an extension for Cllr John David but not for Shelagh? That's a pretty poor effort! Shelagh's husband died and everyone knows she's had some difficulties since... She's been our councillor for years and done a perfect job! It doesn't surprise me Labour wont support her but I expected more from the Liberal Democrats! David Richardson

4:31pm Sun 22 Dec 13

glossopkid says...

David Richardson wrote:
So they have an extension for Cllr John David but not for Shelagh?

That's a pretty poor effort!

Shelagh's husband died and everyone knows she's had some difficulties since...

She's been our councillor for years and done a perfect job!

It doesn't surprise me Labour wont support her but I expected more from the Liberal Democrats!
You are right John!
In the era we are living its not about what people have done for the community and how many years of their lives they have put out but what they can be accused of.

I am surprised at the Conservatives for not defending her fully but Labour and Liberals love playing . So no surprise there!
[quote][p][bold]David Richardson[/bold] wrote: So they have an extension for Cllr John David but not for Shelagh? That's a pretty poor effort! Shelagh's husband died and everyone knows she's had some difficulties since... She's been our councillor for years and done a perfect job! It doesn't surprise me Labour wont support her but I expected more from the Liberal Democrats![/p][/quote]You are right John! In the era we are living its not about what people have done for the community and how many years of their lives they have put out but what they can be accused of. I am surprised at the Conservatives for not defending her fully but Labour and Liberals love playing . So no surprise there! glossopkid

9:35pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Horsfield Cllr says...

What a load of rubbish. No one has had the opportunity to defend shelagh or otherwise, this is all conjecture. It hasn't been dealt with at Council or discussed either. This is a story in the LET , nothing more and nothing less. its not councillors who will decide what happens but the officers within the Council. If it isn't raised at a council meeting then there is nothing councillors can do about it.
What a load of rubbish. No one has had the opportunity to defend shelagh or otherwise, this is all conjecture. It hasn't been dealt with at Council or discussed either. This is a story in the LET , nothing more and nothing less. its not councillors who will decide what happens but the officers within the Council. If it isn't raised at a council meeting then there is nothing councillors can do about it. Horsfield Cllr

1:12am Mon 23 Dec 13

coates warder says...

my mates wife died last year he got 2 weeks grace from work to sort everything and was told be back to work or no pay.has he recently died before i judge.
my mates wife died last year he got 2 weeks grace from work to sort everything and was told be back to work or no pay.has he recently died before i judge. coates warder

9:40am Mon 23 Dec 13

Izanears says...

drunken donut wrote:
If she doesn't live in the area what use is she? Boot her out.
The same might be said of Barrowford Parish Councillor John Pope. He no longer lives in Barrowford.
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: If she doesn't live in the area what use is she? Boot her out.[/p][/quote]The same might be said of Barrowford Parish Councillor John Pope. He no longer lives in Barrowford. Izanears

9:43am Mon 23 Dec 13

Izanears says...

David Richardson wrote:
So they have an extension for Cllr John David but not for Shelagh?

That's a pretty poor effort!

Shelagh's husband died and everyone knows she's had some difficulties since...

She's been our councillor for years and done a perfect job!

It doesn't surprise me Labour wont support her but I expected more from the Liberal Democrats!
Well said David. Shelagh Derwent has been a great councillor at every level.
[quote][p][bold]David Richardson[/bold] wrote: So they have an extension for Cllr John David but not for Shelagh? That's a pretty poor effort! Shelagh's husband died and everyone knows she's had some difficulties since... She's been our councillor for years and done a perfect job! It doesn't surprise me Labour wont support her but I expected more from the Liberal Democrats![/p][/quote]Well said David. Shelagh Derwent has been a great councillor at every level. Izanears

11:13am Mon 23 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

Shelagh Derwent would turn up to the opening of an envelope if there was an expenses claim in it. She spent many years telling everybody what they wanted to hear and making promises she couldn't keep. She excelled at taking credit for everything even though she often had nothing to do with it and denying stuff when she had. A silent fence sitter when often it suited.

She sold her house and disappeared without a word to anyone just before it is announced that a bypass route was proposed to run right behind it. Coincidence?

She was a busy body who did nothing for no one except herself. If she thought you were a Tory then you were ok, everybody else could go taking a running jump.
Shelagh Derwent would turn up to the opening of an envelope if there was an expenses claim in it. She spent many years telling everybody what they wanted to hear and making promises she couldn't keep. She excelled at taking credit for everything even though she often had nothing to do with it and denying stuff when she had. A silent fence sitter when often it suited. She sold her house and disappeared without a word to anyone just before it is announced that a bypass route was proposed to run right behind it. Coincidence? She was a busy body who did nothing for no one except herself. If she thought you were a Tory then you were ok, everybody else could go taking a running jump. It's a spade!

4:25pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Izanears says...

She spent many years telling everybody what they wanted to hear and making promises she couldn't keep. She excelled at taking credit for everything even though she often had nothing to do with it and denying stuff when she had. A silent fence sitter when often it suited.

Come on spade. Isn't this politicians of every party at any level do?
She spent many years telling everybody what they wanted to hear and making promises she couldn't keep. She excelled at taking credit for everything even though she often had nothing to do with it and denying stuff when she had. A silent fence sitter when often it suited. Come on spade. Isn't this politicians of every party at any level do? Izanears

8:52pm Fri 27 Dec 13

KarenAsh says...

What about Cllr Ann Kerrigan?

She doesn't live in Pendle any more either!

Will she resign?
What about Cllr Ann Kerrigan? She doesn't live in Pendle any more either! Will she resign? KarenAsh

4:32am Sat 28 Dec 13

onion turbot the secong says...

they shoul be put be put in the stocks,then shot.
they shoul be put be put in the stocks,then shot. onion turbot the secong

5:11pm Tue 31 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

Yes Iza you are correct. They are all a bunch of corrupt non-entities full of their own self importance who base all their decisions not upon the local people whom they purport to represent but what the "party" says in the hope that they may one day slither a little further up the greasy pole of politics. That goes for them all. Little people with big egos and even bigger expense claims.

Viva la revolution!
Yes Iza you are correct. They are all a bunch of corrupt non-entities full of their own self importance who base all their decisions not upon the local people whom they purport to represent but what the "party" says in the hope that they may one day slither a little further up the greasy pole of politics. That goes for them all. Little people with big egos and even bigger expense claims. Viva la revolution! It's a spade!

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