‘I will not quit’ says fracking row councillor

Councillor Gordon McCann
Councillor Gordon McCann
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A community leader says he will not resign his position at Wyre Council following comments he made about anti-fracking protestors.

Coun Gordon McCann, economy portfolio holder at the authority, had faced calls to stand down from his position after he addressed the Shale Gas World UK debate in June and accused Frack Off and Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF) of “breaking into the Royal Bank of Scotland” and “reclaiming the streets”.

The Preesall ward councillor has since apologised profusely for making the remarks and met members of RAFF to discuss the comments.

He told the group he would consider his position and has now decided to continue in his roles.

In a letter written to RAFF and seen by The Gazette, Coun McCann said: “After taking advice, I will not be standing down from the cabinet or from the council.

“While I regret my comments, this is an isolated incident in over 20 years as a councillor, and I wish to continue serving my community.

“I will however contact the organisers of the Shale Gas World event and, if possible, circulate my apology to all the delegates.”

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