A majority of one does  not open floodgates, says Labour Group acting leader
A majority of one does not open floodgates, says Labour Group acting leader

The acting leader of the Northumberland Labour Group  has responded to an article in the Northumberland Gazette about council leader Glen Sanderson pleading for unity.

Scott Dickinson said: “We welcome unity where unity is called for and where respect is earned and deserved. The  election does not change the fact that the Labour Group has always said Councillor Sanderson was on probation in his role as leader of the council after the vote of no confidence in his predecessor.

“He has had the opportunity since September to deal with members running havoc and  allegations of bullying against staff, of which there are many.

“To date nobody has seen any firm leadership on this. If he plans to allow this behaviour to continue, then it will continue to be called out. Staff at all levels of the council report this behaviour and have raised it.

“Councillors are not above what’s expected in the way of appropriate treatment of hardworking staff. Their behaviour towards any staff member who has called out issues, highlight inappropriate behaviour or alleged abuse of public office haven’t been protected. They’ve been targeted. Until that behaviour is corrected unity will be difficult.

“The Labour Group will always work in the interests of the public and staff in Northumberland, which includes calling out wrongdoing.

“Having a majority of one does not open the floodgates for repeat behaviours or continuation of past behaviour.

“What Labour would say is put your money where your mouth is Councillor Sanderson. An election is the chance to draw a line under some appalling behaviour and to say ‘this is not the way we want to lead the council.’

“Once we see you mean what you say, then we’ll talk about unity.”


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