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Coun Shaun Hodson suspended for three months from group

The headteacher of Upton primary school, Paul Franklin and Chair of Parish Council Shaun Hodson are fighting to save Upton library from closure after council decide to offload it

The headteacher of Upton primary school, Paul Franklin and Chair of Parish Council Shaun Hodson are fighting to save Upton library from closure after council decide to offload it

Hemsworth district councillor Shaun Hodson has been suspended from the Labour group for three months.

Coun Hodson faced disciplinary action after he put forward a motion proposing an amendment to the group’s Wakefield Council budget earlier this year.

The amendment, which was rejected as it did not meet the relevant criteria, asked councillors to reverse a decision not to pay town and parish councils across the district a council tax support grant worth £400,000.

Around 75 per cent of this was for town and parish councils in the south east.

Coun Hodson went before a special Labour group meeting on Tuesday, March 25, when the whip Coun Jacqui Williams announced the suspension.

South Elmsall councillor Steve Tulley, who seconded Coun Hodson’s motion and voted against the Labour budget at a full council meeting, was suspended from the group indefinitely earlier this month.

Coun Hodson said: “I will continue to fight for social justice and I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me to offer their support.”

The pair will still be councillors and members of the Labour Party but will not be able to take part in the Labour group meetings and decisions. The group is made up of Wakefield’s Labour councillors as the controlling party. Both councillors will be able to appeal against the suspension.

Coun Hodson is also an Upton parish councillor but was acting solely in his role as a district councillor for the Hemsworth ward.

The Labour group was unavailable for comment.

 

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