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Statement on the New Town Mayor

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May 13th, 2013

The following statement was issued to the Gazette and Herald on Monday 13th May 2013:

The recent resignation of the Mayor-designate, Councillor Jim Gudgeon is a matter of regret.

The current mayor, immediate past mayor and mayor designate sit on the Town Council’s  Committees, with the Mayor  acting as Chairman and having the casting vote. This would mean that, despite the Devizes Guardians having a natural majority on Town Council, the Mayor’s casting vote (Councillor Gudgeon is a Conservative) could prevent them from exercising that majority.

Councillor Gudgeon was asked whether he realised the importance of his role in the elections of committee chairmen and vice chairmen and whether the Devizes Guardians could anticipate his support for their nominations. Councillor Gudgeon made no response. He then submitted a written resignation without stating any reason for that resignation and, apparently, without any consultation with his party colleagues.