Labour have expressed shock and anger at the decision by two Conservative Party activists in Bedworth. Damon Brown who lost his council seat eighteen months ago, and Monica Cole, the Conservative Association Treasurer, to ask the county council to call the By election in the Bedworth West Ward before the funeral of Labour Councillor Keith Richardson.
The two Conservatives sought the By- election on Wednesday, two days before the funeral on Friday. The By election will take place on December 12th.
The Leader of the County Council Labour Group, Cllr June Tandy said today,
“I was appalled. This has never happened before. These ghouls could not even wait for the funeral before seeking the By-election.
“When Theresa May dubbed the Conservative Party ‘the nasty party’, she must have been thinking about these two. They have shown disrespect for good and decent councillor who had just died of cancer.
“I am demanding apology from the Conservative Leader on the County Council for what these two individuals have done. Though I must say I struggle to believe that she authorised what they did. I don’t think she would do that. Locally, we have always waited until someone is buried out of respect. It just shows how unpleasant certain people are intent on making local politics at the moment. I think even many Conservatives will be appalled by the lack of respect they have shown.”
Labour’s Mike O’Brien, who was a friend of Keith Richardson, said,
“It’s shameful. Could'nt they wait a few days? An election would have been called after Keith’s funeral. They should have shown respect for the family.
"Maybe they thought they were being clever. They weren’t. They were just nasty.