Labour Mayor quits, sort of, following corruption probe

Stoke-on-Trent Mayor Mark Meredith has been arrested and questioned as part of the police investigation into plans to close the splash pool in Burslem. The closure plans were defeated in June 2008 after vigorous public protests.

The Sentinel reports:

The 43-year-old has stepped down from all his major political roles as he fights to clear his name over what he calls “unfounded and politically motivated” allegations against him.

But he is still working on key housing, sport and leisure policies for Stoke-on-Trent.

Mr Meredith had been questioned by police on Friday after being arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office and complicity in corruption in public office.

Mark Meredith’s resignation follows the arrest earlier this month of Roger Ibbs, the leader of the Conservative and Independent Alliance, on suspicion of corruption.

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  • One labour mayor and one conservative councillor arrested and a cherry picked executive board, including 2 lib dem councillors, waiting to see who’s next.
    Two Lib Dem councillors who offered our now unelected mayor their full support for the imposition of 5 academies on this city for a place on his executive.
    Since the mayor selected and paid for his executive board, the rest of the council have been excluded from the decision making process in Stoke. Labour, Lib Dems and Conservatives determined to undermine democracy for the opportunity of power. Is it any wonder that this city has so many independant counillors and one of the highest number of BNP coucillors in the country?
    So does this party have policies? Does this party believe in democracy?
    Your local representatives certainly don’t.
    Vote Labour, get labour, vote conservative, get labour, vote Lib Dems, get Labour. Now thats some choice we’re being offered…

  • Mark Sherratt 22nd Apr '09 - 12:20am

    It’s always been that way, take a look at the Lib Dem group from 1999/2000. One is now a member of the Potteries Alliance, one goes under the name of Lib Dem (Libertarian), two left the party and went independent, one retired.

    The only person left from the 1999/2000 era is Jean Bowers, current leader of the Lib Dems and member of the executive board which is more interested in backing the Labour Mayor regardless of party policies than actually being Lib Dem.

    Sure the party has managed to stick around the 5-6 councillors level, but these days they ‘block vote’ with the Labour and Tory-Alliance groups.

    Roll on real change!

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