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Mark Valladares in his blog puts the blame for the farrago surrounding Andrea Hill squarely on the shoulders of the Conservatives at Suffolk County Council.

He would, of course. He is a Liberal Democrat standing for election to Mid Suffolk District Council as representative of Stowupland and is naturally trying to distance himself from the Tories. He is also right: the appointment of Hill as the county’s chief executive was partisan.

Three conservatives voted for her and for the high salary, later criticised by the district auditor. The Lib Dem and the Labour members (one for each party) of the panel voted against her appointment abstained on her appointment but voted against ratification and for a reference back of her pay at the full council meeting. (see comments.)

You can read what Valladares has to say here. And it is good to see an accomplished blogger standing in the elections. He is not the only one as James Hargrave is standing in Stradbroke as a Lib Dem.

Are there any Tory, Labour or Green bloggers standing in Mid Suffolk? We need more blogging councillors because, unfortunately, newspaper coverage of local politics is pretty thin these days.

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  1. kevan Lim says

    Andrew,
    Slight mistake. When Andrea Hill was appointed, 3 conservative members voted for the appointment and the other two panel members, 1 labour and 1 liberal abstained. They did not vote against. A big mistake in my view. When her appointment was approved by the full council, the conservative chairman refused to allow the council to vote on the salary. In the event, I forced the council to vote on referring back to the appointments panel the decision. All Labour and Liberals councillors voted for that reference back together with a couple of conservatives which was unfortunately narrowly lost.