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Lib Dems drop Barry for Carole
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Local News
A LIB Dem councillor has been deselected by his party after eight years of representing the people of Leigh.
Barry Godwin has represented Leigh ward on Southend Council, but was deselected by the Leigh Lib Dems at a meeting and will be replaced by Leigh town councillor Carole Mulroney.
She will now contest the seat for the party at the borough council elections next May. Mr Godwin will continue to serve his constituents until then.
He said: “If it was the will of the panel to select someone more popular in Leigh than myself, that is their prerogative.
I amnot objecting to the process.
“My view is that, if Carole were that well known, then it might have been better to use that influence in fighting a nearby seat we did not have and give the Liberal Democratic Party another seat to fight the council in the coming year.”
A statement by Leigh Lib Dems said it was time to bring in some “fresh blood”.
It said: “Carole Mulroney has a great track record as a campaigner for Leigh.
“She has done a first-class job as a Leigh Town councillor, and as chair of the council in the year that the council acquired and revamped Leigh community centre.
“As well as her knowledge and involvement in local affairs, she brings a great deal of energy and forcefulness.
Leigh Lib Dems know she will be a great asset for Leigh on Southend Council.”
Mr Godwin, who lives in Steyning Avenue, Southend, added: “I would like to say a big thank you to all those residents who voted for me and gave me their time and support over the last eight years.”
His wife, Beryl Godwin, described him as an exemplary councillor, adding: “The people of Leigh will be the losers as will the Liberal Party. It would appear that Barry was used as a stop-gap until they found a local person to contest the seat.
“However, Barry, like many other councillors in Southend, does not live in their appointed ward they represent and this could be an advantage when dealing with council business and looking at the whole, rather than a part.”
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