Wyre Forest District Council leader steps down

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest District Council leader steps down Wyre Forest District Council leader steps down

CONSERVATIVE councillor John Campion has stood down from his position as Wyre Forest District Council leader and as the leader of the Conservative Group with immediate effect.

Councillor Marcus Hart will become acting leader until a successor is appointed at an extraordinary meeting of the council to be held within 21 days.

Mr Campion said: "It has been an immense honour to have served the district council as its leader for nearly seven years.

" I am very proud to have been involved with some key projects including centralising the administrative offices onto one site saving the taxpayer £500k per year, the redevelopment of the former British sugar site, the delivery of a new crematorium and cemetery, £1m additional monies to support the economy in response to the recession to name but a few.

"I will continue to represent my ward constituents and support the vital work the district council does to support the residents in Wyre Forest.”

Mr Campion is the longest continuously serving leader of the council in its 40-year history. He was elected to the authority in 2004 and became its leader in May 2007.

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9:41am Thu 20 Mar 14

walkerno5 says...

Career move or more internal squabbling in Wyre Forest conservatives?
Career move or more internal squabbling in Wyre Forest conservatives? walkerno5
  • Score: 13

9:46am Thu 20 Mar 14

kjb1 says...

More internal games inside Wyre Forest Council Conservatives
?
More internal games inside Wyre Forest Council Conservatives ? kjb1
  • Score: 10

10:22am Thu 20 Mar 14

Ole Timer says...

Is this a sign career Councillors have a sell by date - bring it on
Is this a sign career Councillors have a sell by date - bring it on Ole Timer
  • Score: 8

10:48am Thu 20 Mar 14

BewdleyBruce says...

There is something dark and nasty lying within the local Tories and the 'good' guys are getting out of the way before it gets public. John Campion isn't my favourite chocolate in the box, but I do think he is a fundamentally decent guy.

More is yet to come, mark my words...
There is something dark and nasty lying within the local Tories and the 'good' guys are getting out of the way before it gets public. John Campion isn't my favourite chocolate in the box, but I do think he is a fundamentally decent guy. More is yet to come, mark my words... BewdleyBruce
  • Score: 15

12:26pm Thu 20 Mar 14

kidderlord says...

Hope you are all ready for the return of "King Clee"!
Hope you are all ready for the return of "King Clee"! kidderlord
  • Score: 4

12:34pm Thu 20 Mar 14

BewdleyBruce says...

'king Clee as he is known in Bewdley...
'king Clee as he is known in Bewdley... BewdleyBruce
  • Score: 15

4:05pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Barefoot and different says...

I'm sorry to say but all the Tories are the same vile, vicious and nasty with nothing but contempt for the weakest, poorest and the most vulnerable!
I'm sorry to say but all the Tories are the same vile, vicious and nasty with nothing but contempt for the weakest, poorest and the most vulnerable! Barefoot and different
  • Score: 5

9:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

lucylockit says...

John is a decent guy and his shoes will not be filled easily.There is obviously something going on behind closed doors, the cons are keeping a secret. Two walking in a week is no coincidence and both gave no definitive reason why . Just wish I could be a fly on the wall. Who is the real boss in the council,someone who has been laying low for months maybe? why does nobody admit too liking this man and yet time and again he gets re elected. Fingers crossed that this May voters see the light .
John is a decent guy and his shoes will not be filled easily.There is obviously something going on behind closed doors, the cons are keeping a secret. Two walking in a week is no coincidence and both gave no definitive reason why . Just wish I could be a fly on the wall. Who is the real boss in the council,someone who has been laying low for months maybe? why does nobody admit too liking this man and yet time and again he gets re elected. Fingers crossed that this May voters see the light . lucylockit
  • Score: 7

2:06pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Jerome K says...

Believe me they won't. It's time to take out sanctions against the village who keep foisting this individual on the people of Wyre Forest ;-)
Believe me they won't. It's time to take out sanctions against the village who keep foisting this individual on the people of Wyre Forest ;-) Jerome K
  • Score: 11

5:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Jerome K says...

In fact we should do a Crimea in reverse, let's expel the village from Wyre Forest - problem solved. It's way out on the edge so i'm suprised its in Wyre Forest anyway, and let's be honest the people tend to be Brummy expats not Wyre Foresters.....Brummy Nouveaux riche, which explains their dodgy affinity with the individual concerned.
In fact we should do a Crimea in reverse, let's expel the village from Wyre Forest - problem solved. It's way out on the edge so i'm suprised its in Wyre Forest anyway, and let's be honest the people tend to be Brummy expats not Wyre Foresters.....Brummy Nouveaux riche, which explains their dodgy affinity with the individual concerned. Jerome K
  • Score: 4

6:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

nicky.griffiths says...

Is it just a coincidence that the Tory Leader of Bromsgrove has also stood down?
Is it just a coincidence that the Tory Leader of Bromsgrove has also stood down? nicky.griffiths
  • Score: 3

6:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

stour67 says...

Maybe there jumping ship before they are pushed by the electorate ,when the next elections come around.
Maybe there jumping ship before they are pushed by the electorate ,when the next elections come around. stour67
  • Score: 1

6:34am Sat 22 Mar 14

kidderlord says...

BewdleyBruce wrote:
There is something dark and nasty lying within the local Tories and the 'good' guys are getting out of the way before it gets public. John Campion isn't my favourite chocolate in the box, but I do think he is a fundamentally decent guy.

More is yet to come, mark my words...
good news for bewdley I hear! cant wait
[quote][p][bold]BewdleyBruce[/bold] wrote: There is something dark and nasty lying within the local Tories and the 'good' guys are getting out of the way before it gets public. John Campion isn't my favourite chocolate in the box, but I do think he is a fundamentally decent guy. More is yet to come, mark my words...[/p][/quote]good news for bewdley I hear! cant wait kidderlord
  • Score: 1

9:27am Sat 22 Mar 14

emjaypee says...

nicky.griffiths wrote:
Is it just a coincidence that the Tory Leader of Bromsgrove has also stood down?
They are playing the long game in anticipation of being given a safe seat at next years general election. So they do not want any negative publicity meantime.
[quote][p][bold]nicky.griffiths[/bold] wrote: Is it just a coincidence that the Tory Leader of Bromsgrove has also stood down?[/p][/quote]They are playing the long game in anticipation of being given a safe seat at next years general election. So they do not want any negative publicity meantime. emjaypee
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Sat 22 Mar 14

John Herbert Smith says...

Can some insiders come on here and post what's going on please.
Use an anon account if necessary.

I'm sick and tired of the goings on at the council and it's about time someone spills the beans.
Can some insiders come on here and post what's going on please. Use an anon account if necessary. I'm sick and tired of the goings on at the council and it's about time someone spills the beans. John Herbert Smith
  • Score: 1

6:40pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Gobby Robby says...

Not for the likes of you sunshine
Not for the likes of you sunshine Gobby Robby
  • Score: -4

11:49pm Mon 24 Mar 14

yangrong says...

I never thought I would see the day that John Campion would go.
He tried to rule the roost in Kidderminster to every ones detriment.
The king of the castle has fallen on his sword, and about time.
Mr. Campion has presided over some of the worst decisions the council has made and thankfully he has decided to pay the price for his poor decisions.
This is not about political parties but the structure of the council and its ill advised decisions. Please recall the investments in Icelandic Banks by our Council endorsed by John Campion who was not qualified to make such a commitment. Need I say more, that should be his epitaph. Tony Blair got his political career right and went on to make millions but the same fate does not await John Campion a back water local politicitian.
I never thought I would see the day that John Campion would go. He tried to rule the roost in Kidderminster to every ones detriment. The king of the castle has fallen on his sword, and about time. Mr. Campion has presided over some of the worst decisions the council has made and thankfully he has decided to pay the price for his poor decisions. This is not about political parties but the structure of the council and its ill advised decisions. Please recall the investments in Icelandic Banks by our Council endorsed by John Campion who was not qualified to make such a commitment. Need I say more, that should be his epitaph. Tony Blair got his political career right and went on to make millions but the same fate does not await John Campion a back water local politicitian. yangrong
  • Score: 12

10:46am Tue 25 Mar 14

walkerno5 says...

"Tony Blair got his political career right "

Everybody hates Blair don't they? Even people who wanted him at the time have disowned him since.
"Tony Blair got his political career right " Everybody hates Blair don't they? Even people who wanted him at the time have disowned him since. walkerno5
  • Score: 3

12:52pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Shibdrift says...

The fan is spinning, the rest is surely on its way!!!
The fan is spinning, the rest is surely on its way!!! Shibdrift
  • Score: 1

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