A town councillor has called for the leader of a district council to step down and retire. In an open email, shared with the Leek & Moorlands Echo, Leek town councillor Roy Molson, who is a member of the Conservative party, has called for the leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), councillor Sybil Ralphs, who is also a Conservative, to retire.
A town councillor has called for the leader of a district council to step down and retire.
In an open email, shared with the Leek & Moorlands Echo, Leek town councillor Roy Molson, who is a member of the Conservative party, has called for the leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), councillor Sybil Ralphs, who is also a Conservative, to retire.
In his email to cllr Ralphs, cllr Molson said: “Dear Sybil, I wanted you to see this proposal I wanted to discuss at the (recent Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative Association) AGM, however, despite many people agreeing with it, no-one had the courage to second it.
“This I believe is an indication of your style of leadership, it is sad to say a lot of the proposals you mentioned in your speech were new information to me, a Leek town councillor, this does not help when talking to local people about your ‘control’ of the district council.
“I wanted to show that under Tory leadership, Leek can benefit, but it appears to be the opposite, if you lead, it is essential that people want to follow, it now appears to be the opposite for Leek.”
Cllr Molson then sets out in his email his: “Proposal to invite councillor Sybil Ralphs to retire from the position of leader of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.”
He states: “I ask the Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative Association to instruct the executive to write to councillor Sybil Ralphs, thanking her for outstanding service to the Moorlands, but inviting her to retire from the leadership role as soon as possible, to allow time for a new leader to rebuild trust in the party prior to the 2023 council elections.
“Recent decisions, specifically in relation to Leek, have shown that she can no longer command the respect of the Leek electorate.
“Her decision making process with a select group of councillors in the Cabinet, none of whom represent Leek specifically, has caused considerable difficulty for Leek Town Tory councillors, including those who also hold a position on SMDC.”
He continued: “This is being used by the opposition parties to discredit Leek Tory councillors as complicit in the decision process.
“Many decisions recently have caused unnecessary difficulty, with the decision being overturned seen as a success by the opposition parties in their campaign, even though that is far from the truth as far as the car park fiasco is concerned.
“The decision to deny Scooterfest the possible use of the Trestle Market is the latest campaign to embarrass the local party.”
Cllr Molson added: “Over the decades that councillor Ralphs has led the SMDC, many positive benefits have been achieved in the Moorlands, we as an association are grateful for her service.
“As with Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May not recognising when it’s time to go can end in tears.
“I propose that the Association write to councillor Ralphs in the manner outlined above.”
The Leek & Moorlands Echo contacted cllr Ralphs for a response to cllr Molson’s email, to which cllr Ralphs replied: “Thank you for the offer of the right to reply but on this occasion I will not take it up.”
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