Councillor defends visit to Question Time
A WEST Lancs Conservative Councillor has come under fire for attending an episode of BBC’s Question Time in Blackpool, rather than attend a committee meeting of the borough council.
Aughton and Downholland Councillor Sam Currie gave his apologies for the meeting of the corporate and environmental overview and scrutiny committee last Thursday but was then spotted in the audience of the television show.
At the meeting, local issues and crime related matters were discussed and his decision not to attend came to light on the website, Political Scrapbook.
However, Cllr Currie defended his decision and commented: “I did attend Question Time on Thursday evening having sent my apologies for the committee.
“Incidentally, this was only the second meeting I have missed in two years of being a councillor.
“Some Labour councillors have missed more important meetings than that this week, although I was delighted to learn that Labour Cllr Jenny Forshaw appears to be on my side having described my record as ‘excellent’.
“If I was the Labour leader I would be more concerned that the previous evening for the budget meeting there were a number of his own councillors not present! I suppose they are desperate for any dirt on me whatsoever but this is incredibly weak.”
At last year's general election Cllr Currie stood as the Conservative candidate for West Lancashire, but lost the seat to Labour's Rosie Cooper. During his campaign, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, visited the constituency to back the Tory candidate.