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Councillor Houlton defends his absence

posted by: M44 - Friday 24th October, 2008

click here to enlargeCommunity Action Party councillor Rick Houlton has come under fire for attending only two out of six full council meetings since his election.



Cllr Houton, who works as a supervisor at an air freight and haulage company said it was difficult to get time off.

Defending his absence, Cllr Houton said 'I attend my surgery meetings. A lot of the councillors are of an older generation or retired and being a councillor is all they do.
I have a full time job and work 50 hours a week. I do a lot of council work via e-mail.'

Norman Owen, leader of the Lib Dems and councillor for Claremont Ward said 'The responsibility lies with his constituents to be asking the question of why he is not attending council meetings despite having been elected - it's for them to be asking the questions.'

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