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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Councillors kicked out of Copeland elected mayor meeting - claim

Some Copeland councillors claim they were excluded from a public meeting organised by campaigners calling for a directly elected mayor for the district.

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However, organisers say that the meeting was to put forward the “yes” argument and the presence of the borough councillors would have disrupted the event.

They had travelled to Thursday’s meeting at Millom Rugby Club to hear the arguments put forward by Time For Change.

Michael McVeigh, an Egremont town and Copeland councillor, said he had turned up as a member of the public but was immediately asked to leave by the chairman.

He said: “He was extremely irate and he ran down to me shouting to get out, that we were not welcome and would not take part in the meeting.”

Carla Arrighi, a Time For Change spokeswoman, said: “They would have heckled the meeting and they would have sabotaged it.

“We wouldn’t have been allowed to get our point across. It wouldn’t have been a democratic meeting and it wouldn’t have been fair.”

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