Councillor calls for answers on mayor probe

New Mayor of Wyre is Councillor Ron Shewan and the Mayoress is Mrs Brenda Shewan
New Mayor of Wyre is Councillor Ron Shewan and the Mayoress is Mrs Brenda Shewan
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A councillor has demanded answers over the use of public money and resources to investigate the actions of a mayor.

Coun Lorraine Beavers asked Wyre Council’s ruling Conservative group to disclose what of the authority’s resources were used, and on whose orders, to investigate whether the current mayor could be outed from his post.

It comes after The Gazette revealed Wyre Council took independent legal advice following heated scenes at a meeting that saw ruling Tories members walk out when Mayor Ron Shewan attempted to silence some councillors.

Law firm Weightmans were asked if the authority had the power to remove Coun Shewan from office, if he were to veto a public debate at a future meeting.

Coun Beavers, a Labour member of Wyre Council, said the mayor, Coun Ron Shewan, also her father, should be treated with respect.

She said: “To be mayor should be an honour and you should be treated with respect, but at every opportunity this cabinet has attacked him.

“I would like to know how much it cost to get a firm of solicitors?”

She also asked to know who approached the firm.

Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, said he felt the matter had been dealt with when it was agreed to change the authority’s consitution to accommodate the opposing views of the council’s two main parites.