Postcard mocks Hatfield councillor who moved to Yorkshire but refused to resign
PUBLISHED: 06:00 08 April 2013
SEASIDE postcards are renowned for being saucy but a political offering from Welwyn Hatfield’s Tories may cause red faces for a different reason.
The Conservative party handed out the ‘holiday’ letters mocking Labour Councillor Colin Croft for relocating to Bridlington, in Yorkshire, and calling on him to resign.
The Hatfield councillor made the 200-plus mile move in February and claims it will not affect his role on Welwyn Hatfield council.
But he has branded the card “wrong” and “silly” – although his group leader has joined calls for him to resign.
MP Grant Shapps has backed the comedic protest and slammed Cllr Croft’s decision to carry on claiming his £4,758-a-year allowance.
He told the WHT: “It’s absolutely breathtaking that he genuinely thinks he can carry on and I don’t know how [Labour leader] Kieran Thorpe thinks he can do that.
“The first thing he should do is agree to stand down – the Labour leadership should be ashamed of themselves, they should have forced the situation rather than leaving it up to him.
“I assumed they were going to deal with it.”
Roughly 500 postcards were handed out over the weekend.
The satirical campaign comes in the build-up to the Herts County Council election on May 2, with Cllr Croft – who attended last week’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting – dismissing the protest.
Cllr Croft claimed the Tories were electioneering and were attempting to muddy the waters ahead of the county council vote.
He told the WHT: “I do not why the Tories are doing this, especially Grant Shapps.
“If anything it is going to make me dig heels in, it is because the election is nearing for a start and this card they say is from me. It’s very wrong and it is silly of them.”
Labour leader Kieran Thorpe said: “I am absolutely clear in saying that Cllr Croft should resign, but it is not within my power to force this to happen.
“If Mr Shapps feels the system is wrong of course, then I would point out that as a cabinet minister he is ideally placed to change this - though I won’t be holding my breath.”
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