Darwen Mayor can use taxis – to keep mayoral chain safe

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COUNCIL tax payers in Darwen will foot the bill for taxis for the town council mayor – to protect the mayoral chain.

Darwen Town Council agreed that when the mayor has to pay for transport to a civic function, he or she is allowed to claim it back on expenses.

It came after Lib Dem councillor Paul Browne questioned a £47.50 payment to Labour mayor Eileen Entwistle on Tuesday.

When the council was set up in 2009, councillors were told they were not allowed to claim expenses. But it has now been decided that the mayor can do so in exceptional circumstances.

Coun Browne said: “This council said when it was formed that the mayor would not cost any money to the council tax payers of Darwen. I want to know why has it been sanctioned that the mayor has been paid £47.50 up to now for taxis?”

Coun Entwistle replied: “I do not drive so I was walking about town with the chain in my bag and it was felt it was not safe.”

Council deputy chairman Trevor Maxfield said he was contacted by borough chief Harry Catherall who was worried about the safety of the chain.

The chain, thought to be worth more than £30,000, features the original Darwen Council crest that featured on the original chains made in 1879 and now used by Blackburn with Darwen after the borough chain was stolen in 1980.

A new chain was sourced by former councillor Tony Melia after the borough refused to return the town’s chain five years ago.

When not in use, the chain is kept securely in Darwen Town Hall.

Lib Dem councillor Roy Davies quipped: “If Harry’s that bothered they should give us our old chain back!”

Coun Simon Huggill said: “As mayor, Eileen does things the rest of us do not and I think we have a moral responsibility to make sure she gets home safely.

“I would hate to think of Eileen stuck somewhere because this council will not pay for a taxi.”

Coun Entwistle added: “There are taxis I use personally and taxis I use as mayor and I would never dream of filing an expenses claim for a personal taxi. I try to get lifts where possible but sometimes I can’t.”

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5:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

these mayoral chains have served their purpose over the years but l think its time to put them all in a museum because its not fasionable or affordable any more,no-one is really interested in pomp and ceremony in this day and age,
these mayoral chains have served their purpose over the years but l think its time to put them all in a museum because its not fasionable or affordable any more,no-one is really interested in pomp and ceremony in this day and age, noddy57
  • Score: 5

8:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Peel says...

They should use a metal chain and spray paint it Gold
They should use a metal chain and spray paint it Gold Peel
  • Score: -1

9:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

Give it a rest, Paul. Carry on getting your taxis, Eileen, and b0llocks to the penny-pinchers.
Give it a rest, Paul. Carry on getting your taxis, Eileen, and b0llocks to the penny-pinchers. happycyclist
  • Score: 5

10:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Mothernature says...

How sad that Paul Browne thinks it is wrong for Eileen to claim for taxi fares whilst on official duties. Does he wish to see her attacked by the many low lives & scrotes that are running loose these days?
How sad that Paul Browne thinks it is wrong for Eileen to claim for taxi fares whilst on official duties. Does he wish to see her attacked by the many low lives & scrotes that are running loose these days? Mothernature
  • Score: 6

10:16pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wrighty146 says...

Was it a good idea to publish the cost of the chain? Will this not encourage some idiot to try and steel it?
Was it a good idea to publish the cost of the chain? Will this not encourage some idiot to try and steel it? wrighty146
  • Score: 16

10:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

fireonthemountain says...

Well Paul Browne is right .

He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for
the man .

Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ?

Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ?

Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for
the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer .

But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer
is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage .

When does she wear the chain anyway ?

What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.
Well Paul Browne is right . He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for the man . Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ? Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ? Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer . But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage . When does she wear the chain anyway ? What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?. fireonthemountain
  • Score: -11

11:45pm Thu 6 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

For your information Eileen is a long established ‘Old Labour’ person and wish there were still people like her today. A proud women who always helps people whenever she can and wears those chains with pride and deserves the respect due to her. So please do get a taxi Aileen whenever you feel the need.

These few words are written honestly and in no way undeserving!
For your information Eileen is a long established ‘Old Labour’ person and wish there were still people like her today. A proud women who always helps people whenever she can and wears those chains with pride and deserves the respect due to her. So please do get a taxi Aileen whenever you feel the need. These few words are written honestly and in no way undeserving! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 7

1:12am Fri 7 Feb 14

english rose 1 says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Well Paul Browne is right .

He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for
the man .

Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ?

Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ?

Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for
the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer .

But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer
is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage .

When does she wear the chain anyway ?

What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.
You talk boll**cks fireonthemountain. Eileen worked in the private sector from 15 until she retired. She is 78 now. Have YOU worked for 50 years ???
*
Have YOU paid in the taxes that she has paid ??
*
PLEASE tell us what benefits YOU have claimed.
*
Youi CONDEMN folk without even knowing or talking to them, nor knowing the facts.
*
She has claimed £47 over 2 years ....not on her own volition but because she was told to get taxis on official duties due to the chance of regalia being nicked.
*
Did YOU vote for the Town Council ?? If you did then you voted for the baggage that comes with it.
*
AND don't even dare to state that benefits were higher under Labour when THE FACT is that they have increased by A LOT under your CONDEM Govt.;
*
You should be prosecuted for talking Sh**e !
*
And as for Paul Browne - he voyed to CLAIM NOWT. But tell me how much he has claimed. The figures are publically available. He is a hypocrite - voted to claim nowt, but claimed hi full whack !
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Well Paul Browne is right . He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for the man . Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ? Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ? Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer . But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage . When does she wear the chain anyway ? What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.[/p][/quote]You talk boll**cks fireonthemountain. Eileen worked in the private sector from 15 until she retired. She is 78 now. Have YOU worked for 50 years ??? * Have YOU paid in the taxes that she has paid ?? * PLEASE tell us what benefits YOU have claimed. * Youi CONDEMN folk without even knowing or talking to them, nor knowing the facts. * She has claimed £47 over 2 years ....not on her own volition but because she was told to get taxis on official duties due to the chance of regalia being nicked. * Did YOU vote for the Town Council ?? If you did then you voted for the baggage that comes with it. * AND don't even dare to state that benefits were higher under Labour when THE FACT is that they have increased by A LOT under your CONDEM Govt.; * You should be prosecuted for talking Sh**e ! * And as for Paul Browne - he voyed to CLAIM NOWT. But tell me how much he has claimed. The figures are publically available. He is a hypocrite - voted to claim nowt, but claimed hi full whack ! english rose 1
  • Score: 10

1:39am Fri 7 Feb 14

CorkyMac says...

english rose 1 wrote:
fireonthemountain wrote:
Well Paul Browne is right .

He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for
the man .

Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ?

Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ?

Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for
the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer .

But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer
is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage .

When does she wear the chain anyway ?

What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.
You talk boll**cks fireonthemountain. Eileen worked in the private sector from 15 until she retired. She is 78 now. Have YOU worked for 50 years ???
*
Have YOU paid in the taxes that she has paid ??
*
PLEASE tell us what benefits YOU have claimed.
*
Youi CONDEMN folk without even knowing or talking to them, nor knowing the facts.
*
She has claimed £47 over 2 years ....not on her own volition but because she was told to get taxis on official duties due to the chance of regalia being nicked.
*
Did YOU vote for the Town Council ?? If you did then you voted for the baggage that comes with it.
*
AND don't even dare to state that benefits were higher under Labour when THE FACT is that they have increased by A LOT under your CONDEM Govt.;
*
You should be prosecuted for talking Sh**e !
*
And as for Paul Browne - he voyed to CLAIM NOWT. But tell me how much he has claimed. The figures are publically available. He is a hypocrite - voted to claim nowt, but claimed hi full whack !
Sorry, but If It was put in place that no expenses would be paid to Darwen Councillors on Darwen Council, then none should be paid, no matter which party you represent. As for Councillor Entwistle, If she can't drive, then she should have passed the duty of Mayor to the next person In line who can drive. To be honest, I'm sick of all 3 main parties claiming expenses, telling lies and trying to score brownie points from one another to get votes, this Country needs change and quickly, because It's always the same old drivel from one year to another whether at local level or National with the 3 main parties. Go and talk to Russell Brand English Rose, because your drivel needs wiping much more than a lot of other Idiots on here, I'm guessing your Labour maybe? If that's the case, then I would suggest keeping your personal remarks to yourself, because your party Is one big disaster and have ruined Blackburn to the point of no return, shame on you.
[quote][p][bold]english rose 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Well Paul Browne is right . He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for the man . Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ? Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ? Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer . But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage . When does she wear the chain anyway ? What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.[/p][/quote]You talk boll**cks fireonthemountain. Eileen worked in the private sector from 15 until she retired. She is 78 now. Have YOU worked for 50 years ??? * Have YOU paid in the taxes that she has paid ?? * PLEASE tell us what benefits YOU have claimed. * Youi CONDEMN folk without even knowing or talking to them, nor knowing the facts. * She has claimed £47 over 2 years ....not on her own volition but because she was told to get taxis on official duties due to the chance of regalia being nicked. * Did YOU vote for the Town Council ?? If you did then you voted for the baggage that comes with it. * AND don't even dare to state that benefits were higher under Labour when THE FACT is that they have increased by A LOT under your CONDEM Govt.; * You should be prosecuted for talking Sh**e ! * And as for Paul Browne - he voyed to CLAIM NOWT. But tell me how much he has claimed. The figures are publically available. He is a hypocrite - voted to claim nowt, but claimed hi full whack ![/p][/quote]Sorry, but If It was put in place that no expenses would be paid to Darwen Councillors on Darwen Council, then none should be paid, no matter which party you represent. As for Councillor Entwistle, If she can't drive, then she should have passed the duty of Mayor to the next person In line who can drive. To be honest, I'm sick of all 3 main parties claiming expenses, telling lies and trying to score brownie points from one another to get votes, this Country needs change and quickly, because It's always the same old drivel from one year to another whether at local level or National with the 3 main parties. Go and talk to Russell Brand English Rose, because your drivel needs wiping much more than a lot of other Idiots on here, I'm guessing your Labour maybe? If that's the case, then I would suggest keeping your personal remarks to yourself, because your party Is one big disaster and have ruined Blackburn to the point of no return, shame on you. CorkyMac
  • Score: -5

9:31am Fri 7 Feb 14

Angusam says...

If I was carrying/wearing around an item worth £30,000, I would insist on a security escort let alone a taxi.

She must feel very vulnerable when she is out and about and has to use this item for Mayoral affairs and a taxi fare seems perfectly reasonable to me.
If I was carrying/wearing around an item worth £30,000, I would insist on a security escort let alone a taxi. She must feel very vulnerable when she is out and about and has to use this item for Mayoral affairs and a taxi fare seems perfectly reasonable to me. Angusam
  • Score: 8

9:49am Fri 7 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
Well Paul Browne is right .

He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for
the man .

Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ?

Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ?

Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for
the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer .

But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer
is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage .

When does she wear the chain anyway ?

What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.
Eileen Entwistle has been a Councillor for Sudell Ward - the same ward as Paul Browne - since the 1970s.

She used to run her own business until she retired several years ago.

Whatever your politics, both Paul Browne and Eillen Entwistle are two Councillors who have worked hard for Darwen for over 30 years. They don't always see eye to eye but anyone who knows both of them know that they care deeply about Darwen.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Well Paul Browne is right . He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for the man . Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ? Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ? Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer . But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage . When does she wear the chain anyway ? What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.[/p][/quote]Eileen Entwistle has been a Councillor for Sudell Ward - the same ward as Paul Browne - since the 1970s. She used to run her own business until she retired several years ago. Whatever your politics, both Paul Browne and Eillen Entwistle are two Councillors who have worked hard for Darwen for over 30 years. They don't always see eye to eye but anyone who knows both of them know that they care deeply about Darwen. Excluded again
  • Score: 10

11:34am Fri 7 Feb 14

louderfasterlonger says...

Excluded again wrote:
fireonthemountain wrote: Well Paul Browne is right . He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for the man . Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ? Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ? Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer . But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage . When does she wear the chain anyway ? What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.
Eileen Entwistle has been a Councillor for Sudell Ward - the same ward as Paul Browne - since the 1970s. She used to run her own business until she retired several years ago. Whatever your politics, both Paul Browne and Eillen Entwistle are two Councillors who have worked hard for Darwen for over 30 years. They don't always see eye to eye but anyone who knows both of them know that they care deeply about Darwen.
Fireonthemountain probably has a grudge from when this fine lady was a magistrate
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: Well Paul Browne is right . He did , and does , a lot for Darwen . I have a lot of respect for the man . Now , who on earth is this Eileen woman ? Never heard of her . What does she do as a REAL job ? Don't tell me , probably works in some quango or other , for the council in a totally non-job , on high wage , expenses and a fat pension . As I have no idea I welcome the answer . But , like all Labour people , thinks that the long suffering taxpayer is a bottomless pit , a fountain of money , to be used for her advantage . When does she wear the chain anyway ? What are the criteria for prosecution for misuse of public funds ?.[/p][/quote]Eileen Entwistle has been a Councillor for Sudell Ward - the same ward as Paul Browne - since the 1970s. She used to run her own business until she retired several years ago. Whatever your politics, both Paul Browne and Eillen Entwistle are two Councillors who have worked hard for Darwen for over 30 years. They don't always see eye to eye but anyone who knows both of them know that they care deeply about Darwen.[/p][/quote]Fireonthemountain probably has a grudge from when this fine lady was a magistrate louderfasterlonger
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Fri 7 Feb 14

fireonthemountain says...

CorkyMac - an excellent post Sir - sensible, reasoned and completely accurate .

It always amuses me when liebour supporters
start their shrill-harridan-like
-screaming .

Didn't really understand a part of ER's post about benefits......I would have thought that if the benefits bill has increased she would be delighted .

Oh well .

Incidentally - I am on no benefits whatsoever , ER .
I have worked all my life and paid taxes accordingly .

And to louderfasterlonger - I have never been in front of a magistrate in my life .
CorkyMac - an excellent post Sir - sensible, reasoned and completely accurate . It always amuses me when liebour supporters start their shrill-harridan-like -screaming . Didn't really understand a part of ER's post about benefits......I would have thought that if the benefits bill has increased she would be delighted . Oh well . Incidentally - I am on no benefits whatsoever , ER . I have worked all my life and paid taxes accordingly . And to louderfasterlonger - I have never been in front of a magistrate in my life . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 0

9:15pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Ponytail Dave says...

happycyclist wrote:
Give it a rest, Paul. Carry on getting your taxis, Eileen, and b0llocks to the penny-pinchers.
LOL Trust happy to get to the point! Nice one!
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Give it a rest, Paul. Carry on getting your taxis, Eileen, and b0llocks to the penny-pinchers.[/p][/quote]LOL Trust happy to get to the point! Nice one! Ponytail Dave
  • Score: 2

7:10pm Sat 8 Feb 14

dollyfan says...

I would rather Eileen get taxis, than risk being attacked, after all what is £47.00 compared to the money Darwen council have spent in the past, cups for schools, bungee jumps and the latest wanting to borrow the best part of £100,000.00 to buy a building to turn into a museum/ heritage centre please get your priorities right , Eileen has worked hard for the people of Darwen not just as a Councillor and Mayor but also as part of Sudellside community and Darwen Valley Community Centre.
I would rather Eileen get taxis, than risk being attacked, after all what is £47.00 compared to the money Darwen council have spent in the past, cups for schools, bungee jumps and the latest wanting to borrow the best part of £100,000.00 to buy a building to turn into a museum/ heritage centre please get your priorities right , Eileen has worked hard for the people of Darwen not just as a Councillor and Mayor but also as part of Sudellside community and Darwen Valley Community Centre. dollyfan
  • Score: 3

10:58pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Darwen Malc says...

Leave Eileen alone for God's sake!
I am no Labour supporter but Eileen has always served her community well, as have Paul Brown & Roy Davies (both Liberals). I always vote for whoever serves the community best, irrespective of political persuasion. As for the issue of the mayoral chain and the taxi fare, its hardly the scandal of the year, £47??? Come on, she's not fiddling, its a genuine expense, and given that she was carrying around a quite expensive item (either scrap value or collectable value - you choose) you have to support her decision to use the best method available to ensure the safety of not just the Mayoral chain, but more importantly, her personal safety. Its a no brainer!!
Leave Eileen alone for God's sake! I am no Labour supporter but Eileen has always served her community well, as have Paul Brown & Roy Davies (both Liberals). I always vote for whoever serves the community best, irrespective of political persuasion. As for the issue of the mayoral chain and the taxi fare, its hardly the scandal of the year, £47??? Come on, she's not fiddling, its a genuine expense, and given that she was carrying around a quite expensive item (either scrap value or collectable value - you choose) you have to support her decision to use the best method available to ensure the safety of not just the Mayoral chain, but more importantly, her personal safety. Its a no brainer!! Darwen Malc
  • Score: 3

12:32am Sun 9 Feb 14

Ian K says...

Now let me get my head round this. For the sake of a few column inches, a story about £47 expenses over 2 years (WOW) means that the LT feels it suitable:to:
publish a picture of this lady;
publish the value of what she may be carrying or wearing;

Why don't you publish her schedules, address and many other details.?
In my opinion you (LT reporters) have actually made her more vulnerable, at risk, than if you had used a little caution and forethought.
Now let me get my head round this. For the sake of a few column inches, a story about £47 expenses over 2 years (WOW) means that the LT feels it suitable:to: publish a picture of this lady; publish the value of what she may be carrying or wearing; Why don't you publish her schedules, address and many other details.? In my opinion you (LT reporters) have actually made her more vulnerable, at risk, than if you had used a little caution and forethought. Ian K
  • Score: 11

2:26pm Sun 9 Feb 14

louderfasterlonger says...

Ian K wrote:
Now let me get my head round this. For the sake of a few column inches, a story about £47 expenses over 2 years (WOW) means that the LT feels it suitable:to:
publish a picture of this lady;
publish the value of what she may be carrying or wearing;

Why don't you publish her schedules, address and many other details.?
In my opinion you (LT reporters) have actually made her more vulnerable, at risk, than if you had used a little caution and forethought.
It is scandalous to tell you the truth and would be interesting to get the reporter's explaination as to why he ran the story in such a manner.
[quote][p][bold]Ian K[/bold] wrote: Now let me get my head round this. For the sake of a few column inches, a story about £47 expenses over 2 years (WOW) means that the LT feels it suitable:to: publish a picture of this lady; publish the value of what she may be carrying or wearing; Why don't you publish her schedules, address and many other details.? In my opinion you (LT reporters) have actually made her more vulnerable, at risk, than if you had used a little caution and forethought.[/p][/quote]It is scandalous to tell you the truth and would be interesting to get the reporter's explaination as to why he ran the story in such a manner. louderfasterlonger
  • Score: -2

1:57pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Exiled-Darrener says...

I have a couple of comments to make re the above story. First of all having known Eileen for many, many years you could not meet a more hard working, caring and less money grabbing person. Secondly the town council has a duty of care to it's councillors and staff. To expect anyone, particularly a 78 yr old lady to carry around an expensive chain is absolutely ridiculous. I don't really care about the chain, I care about Eileen's welfare. Thirdly I'm disgusted that Paul Brown should try to make a political point out of something which is common sense. And finally, I believe that it was irresponsible of the paper to print this; not because of the political fall out but because of the added danger this has placed Eileen and her family under. Eileen deserves an apology from all concerned.
I have a couple of comments to make re the above story. First of all having known Eileen for many, many years you could not meet a more hard working, caring and less money grabbing person. Secondly the town council has a duty of care to it's councillors and staff. To expect anyone, particularly a 78 yr old lady to carry around an expensive chain is absolutely ridiculous. I don't really care about the chain, I care about Eileen's welfare. Thirdly I'm disgusted that Paul Brown should try to make a political point out of something which is common sense. And finally, I believe that it was irresponsible of the paper to print this; not because of the political fall out but because of the added danger this has placed Eileen and her family under. Eileen deserves an apology from all concerned. Exiled-Darrener
  • Score: 4

2:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Exiled-Darrener says...

I couldn't believe it when I read is story, I'm so annoyed that first of all Paul Brown would make a political point out of this and secondly that the Telegraph would be so irresponsible as to report the discussion. In the first instance anyone who knows Eileen Entwistle knows that she puts a lot more into the community than she gets back, she is one of the most hard working councillors you could ever meet and she has a heart of gold. Secondly the council has a duty of care to both Councillors and employees, imagine your 78 yr old grandmother walking home with £30,000 worth of gold in her bag, anyone sensible wouldn't let her. This has nothing to do with politics it's just common sense and caring for your fellow citizen. Finally did the LET stop for one minute to think about Eileen's safety when they decided to tell the world that she has no security and has expensive jewellery in her bag. Paul Brown never has known when not to cross a line so I'm not expecting an apology from him but I hope the LET will think twice before publishing an article that may endanger someone in the future.
I couldn't believe it when I read is story, I'm so annoyed that first of all Paul Brown would make a political point out of this and secondly that the Telegraph would be so irresponsible as to report the discussion. In the first instance anyone who knows Eileen Entwistle knows that she puts a lot more into the community than she gets back, she is one of the most hard working councillors you could ever meet and she has a heart of gold. Secondly the council has a duty of care to both Councillors and employees, imagine your 78 yr old grandmother walking home with £30,000 worth of gold in her bag, anyone sensible wouldn't let her. This has nothing to do with politics it's just common sense and caring for your fellow citizen. Finally did the LET stop for one minute to think about Eileen's safety when they decided to tell the world that she has no security and has expensive jewellery in her bag. Paul Brown never has known when not to cross a line so I'm not expecting an apology from him but I hope the LET will think twice before publishing an article that may endanger someone in the future. Exiled-Darrener
  • Score: 4

8:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

Change the story but keep all the old comments... WTF is that all about?
Change the story but keep all the old comments... WTF is that all about? happycyclist
  • Score: 0

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