Borough Councillor Mark Boylan joins the Labour Group
Ketley and Overdale Councillor Mark Boylan made the decision to join the Labour Group today.
The former Conservative Councillor gave a damning verdict of how the Conservative group is operating, both politicising the Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation and failing to protect the Princess Royal Hospital.
This news comes after health bosses announced yesterday Telford’s A&E would face night-time closure for at least six months due to chronic staffing shortages.
Councillor Boylan said: “I can’t stand by and watch our hospital being downgraded. When I know this Conservative Government could implement a rescue plan.
“I can’t stand by and watch as Conservatives politicise the Inquiry in Child Sexual Exploitation. They have taken every opportunity to make a political issue out of a very human tragedy.
“I’m shocked by the Conservatives lack of direction and vision for our town. For years there has been no alternative plan. Meanwhile Labour has been winning businesses, creating homes, jobs and regenerating our town, the Conservatives have frankly offered nothing.
“That is why I’m joining the Telford & Wrekin Labour Party. I believe that the residents I represent across Lawley, Overdale and Ketley are the priority of this Labour Council.
“I remain committed to the constituents of Ketley and Overdale, the place I call home.”
Labour’s Council Leader Shaun Davies added: “I would like to welcome Mark to our Group, Mark works really hard for his residents and I am delighted he has joined us.
“I know from speaking with Mark that he has had major concerns for quite some time about the behaviour of Conservatives locally and nationally.
“I look forwards to working with Mark in the months and years to come to make Telford and Wrekin an even better place to live, work and visit.”
Cllr Nicola Lowery, Chairman of the Telford Conservative Association said: “Cllr Mark Boylan was not selected to stand as a candidate for the Conservative Party ahead of our local elections in May 2019.
Sadly his attendance, contribution and commitment to his duties as a Borough Councillor were severely lacking, which is deeply disappointing given his position and responsibilities as an elected representative.
As a Conservative Councillor, we expect all our Members to be accessible, visible and to work hard on behalf of the communities they are elected to represent, therefore whilst we are disappointed by Mark’s lack of commitment in his role as a Borough Councillor, we hope he will improve his contribution to the local area moving forward. “