Re­tir­ing leader Jones in row with can­di­date

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

OUT­GO­ING coun­cil leader Michael Jones has be­come in­volved in a row with one of the hope­fuls bid­ding to re­place him.

The two can­di­dates hop­ing to re­place Michael Jones af­ter he an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion last month were an­nounced this week as Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors Rachel Bai­ley and Janet Clowes.

Deputy leader David Brown had ini­tially said he had in­tended to stand - but has since with­drawn.

When the Ex­press con­tacted Coun Jones for his opin­ion on the can­di­dates, he is­sued a state­ment say­ing he was sur­prised one of the can­di­dates had ‘the gall’ to stand.

He later con­firmed he was re­fer­ring to Janet Clowes.

He said: “My com­ments on the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates are that I am pleased that a new leader will be elected and some can­di­dates are out­stand­ing.

“I am a lit­tle sur­prised that one can­di­date, whose spouse tried so hard to un­der­mine me, has the gall to stand but that is pol­i­tics in Cheshire.

“I would hope that all mem­bers recog­nise that some­one else whose spouse so read­ily con­demned me should not ben­e­fit.”

Coun Jones de­clined to ex­pand any fur­ther on his state­ment.

Coun Clowes, who said her hus­band did not want to com­ment on the mat­ter, re­sponded with a state­ment which said Coun Jones was ‘try­ing to un­der­mine the lead­er­ship process’.

She said: “Per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, Coun Jones is now at­tempt­ing to un­der­mine the lead­er­ship con­test by en­dors­ing spe­cific can­di­dates while also mak­ing a fac­tu­ally in­ac­cu­rate per­sonal at­tack.

“This type of be­hav­iour does none of the can­di­dates any favours.”

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