Tameside’s former leader says ‘unpleasantness must end now’ after ‘hostile’ challenge from ex-ally

Tameside’s first feminine council chief – who resigned on the eleventh hour amid what she described as a ‘hostile’ management problem – has stated they have to now put their variations apart.

Denton West Councillor Brenda Warrington, who was elected to steer the council in 2018 following the demise of Kieran Quinn, introduced on Sunday that she wouldn’t contest the management. She was being challenged by fellow cupboard member and long-serving Labour councillor Ged Cooney, who was appointed group chief unopposed on the get together’s AGM on Sunday evening.

Coun Warrington had come out swinging forward of the AGM with a defiant public assertion through which she claimed she wouldn’t be ‘bullied, harassed or intimidated’ into standing down from the place she has held since 2018.

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She additionally attacked the conduct of Coun Cooney, alleging her former ‘right hand’ was placing private ambition earlier than the get together and dragging inner issues into the media. Coun Warrington implied she would battle Coun Cooney for the management, saying that the selection of the highest function lay with the 48 members of the borough’s Labour group.

Nonetheless get together sources had been assured that if put to the vote, Coun Warrington would lose – with one saying her assist had ‘ebbed away’. It was subsequently introduced on Sunday that she had resigned the management forward of the AGM that night.

She has not stepped down as a councillor and can proceed to characterize Denton West till it’s contested, together with each council seat, within the ‘all out’ election subsequent yr.

Coun Brenda Warrington with Andrew Gwynne MP

In a letter to the Labour group on Sunday evening, Coun Warrington stated she was saddened that the competition had turn into ‘so divisive and acrimonious, especially at a time when we should be helping our residents through extremely challenging times and preparing for hugely important all-out elections next year’.

“I do not accept the reasons put forward for the leadership challenge, but I do not believe it conducive to future demands to continue to dwell on and rebut them,” she added.

“We need to come together in the interest of our residents. The unpleasantness needs to end now.

“I do not wish to perpetuate the current situation within the group and in order to attempt to put an end to the divisiveness, and to ensure that we can get back to the important work we need to do on behalf of the residents of Tameside, I have decided that I will not pursue my nomination to continue to lead the Tameside Labour group at this time.

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“There remains huge challenges ahead for Tameside council. We all owe it to our residents to put aside our differences and get on with the job of making Tameside a place of choice, the best possible place to live and work, and to create as much opportunity as possible for residents to get on and succeed.

“I hope that the many plans that I and my cabinet have developed to achieve that will be pursued.”

She concluded by saying it had been each a ‘challenge and a huge privilege’ to carry the function of government chief.

Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne posted assist on Twitter for Coun Warrington with a gaggle photograph on Sunday, stating: “Friends… however rough politics is, your friends are solid and see you through the dark times. Brenda has been a star in very difficult circumstances. She deserved much better treatment than she got from some of her “colleagues”. Onwards and upwards.”

Droyslden West Coun Cooney publicly launched a bid for the management in April, simply weeks forward of the native elections, stating that the borough wanted ‘change’. It adopted months of rumbling discontent with the Labour group about Coun Warrington’s management type, the regeneration of Ashton city centre and the massively contentious Godley Inexperienced Backyard Village plans.

This got here to a head shortly earlier than the native elections when Coun Warrington – nicknamed ‘Brenda the Bulldozer’ by Tameside Tories – sparked a public furore by telling her political opponents the two,150-home backyard village can be ‘rammed down’ their throats.

Within the Might native elections Labour comfortably retained management of the city corridor, regardless of dropping two seats to the Conservatives – together with within the contentious Hyde Godley ward.

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