Cllr David Brown

Councillor David Brown has handed the Highways portfolio to a fellow
Congleton Tory whilst his involvement in the awarding of
£70,000 to the Berkeley Academy for a new car park is investigated by
Cheshire Constabulary.
Yet, whilst Cllr Brown has stepped down from his Cabinet responsibilities, he
remains as Deputy Leader of the Council!
He shall presumably continue to attend both formal and informal cabinet
meetings, voting on key strategic and financial issues, whilst continuing to
draw his annual allowance of £16,463 as Deputy Leader of Cheshire East
Council.
Therefore, the Council could end-up paying Special Responsibility Allowances
to both Cllr Brown as long as he clings to the Deputy Leadership of Cheshire
East, and to the substitute portfolio holder for Highways. The result could be
that even more money is spent on allowances to Tory councillors rather than
upon hard-pressed front line services.
Will Cllr Brown also continue to represent Cheshire East on a range of outside
bodies such as Cheshire and Warrington Local Transport Body, the Local
Government Association General Assembly, or as a director of Rail North
Limited, amongst many others?

Cllr Nick Mannion, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield West & Ivy said;
‘Cllr Brown should step away completely from all of his current posts, both at
Cheshire East and on outside bodies, pending the outcome of the police
investigation of his involvement in the promise of £70,000 to the Berkeley
Academy?’
Cllr Sam Corcoran, Leader of the Labour Group on Cheshire East said:
“The reputation of Cheshire East Council is suffering as the Conservatives
lurch from scandal to scandal. It cannot help that reputation if the
Conservative Deputy Leader is mired in a police investigation. Therefore to
protect what’s left of the Council’s reputation Cllr David Brown should step
down as Deputy Leader while the police investigation is in progress.”

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