Welwyn Hatfield councillor should quit says Labour

A COUNCILLOR “who does not represent her community” should quit.

That is the view of Labour group leader Margaret Birleson who is asking residents to sign a petition calling on Tory Sarah Atkinson to stand down.

Cllr Birleson has launched a campaign to oust her fellow Hollybush ward colleague, who she claims, never shows up to meet residents at surgeries and does not work for the people of the area.

She and fellow ward councillor Lynn Chesterman are distributing leaflets to Hollybush residents.

They refer to previous stories in the WHT which state Cllr Atkinson only attended five meetings in the last municipal year.

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Cllr Birleson said: “The last article said she was going to work more closely with us, but she hasn’t. We want to work together.

“She has let herself down and the Tory party, I think it’s time for her to go. She is being paid an allowance, and it makes you question her motives.”

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The WHT was unable to contact Cllr Atkinson directly for comment before going to press.

But a Conservative party spokesman said: “Labour councillor Mike Alder had an attendance record three per cent below that of Sarah Atkinson at the last count, so it’s incredible Labour are calling for one resignation without sacking their own councillor immediately.

“Sarah Atkinson actually does a lot for the community and she, like most people, is more concerned with making a better borough than with hypocritical sniping.

“Until they sack their own councillor, Labour shouldn’t be throwing stones. People in glass houses never should.”

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