Yorkshire councillor says she faced £5k legal ‘threat’ from Tory rival – What We Know!

Yorkshire councillor says she faced £5k legal 'threat' from Tory rival

The chief of Harrogate’s Liberal Democrats has revealed she obtained authorized “threats” from the world’s council chief and MP over alleged defamatory statements.

Councillor Pat Marsh mentioned one letter from legal professionals representing Conservative council chief Richard Cooper included calls for for £5,000.

It associated to claims she made that councillor Cooper was not “direct in condemning” the previous North Yorkshire Police, Fireplace and Crime Commissioner Philip Allott who resigned final October over feedback he made on the homicide of Sarah Everard.

At a Harrogate Borough Council assembly that month, councillor Cooper mentioned Mr Allott’s earlier feedback that ladies wanted to be “streetwise” have been “very, very improper.”

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Cllr Cooper then repeated his remarks, saying there was “no credible defence” for what Mr Allott mentioned.

In an e-mail despatched to a number of media retailers after this, councillor Marsh claimed “councillor Cooper’s response didn’t result in a direct condemnation”.

In the meantime, one other letter from legal professionals representing Conservative MP Andrew Jones demanded an apology from Cllr Marsh.

This associated to feedback she made {that a} resident had turn into “caught up” in a “net” of issues as a result of Cllr Cooper is employed by Mr Jones.

At a council assembly final week, Cllr Marsh mentioned she believed the letters amounted to “harassment”. She mentioned: “I wish to make the chamber conscious of two latest authorized letters which I felt have been threatening – I had one from councillor Cooper and Andrew Jones MP.

“The authorized letter from Cllr Cooper went on as far as to demand £5,000 from me personally. These letters made me really feel extraordinarily pressured – I thought-about them harassment they usually pressured me to hunt authorized recommendation to defend myself.”

In response, Cllr Cooper mentioned: “I’m afraid for those who say one thing that’s libellous and a lie, then you may anticipate authorized exercise. I’ve had it in my numerous roles going again so far as 1996.”

The revelations got here throughout a council assembly as Cllr Cooper made requires a “constructive and constructive” native election marketing campaign forward of elections to the brand new North Yorkshire Council on 5 Might.

Nonetheless, the assembly quickly turned bitter with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats buying and selling blows on a number of points, from their information on attending conferences to claims made of their marketing campaign materials.

Later within the assembly, councillor Cooper, who will not be standing within the elections, mentioned: “I’m not going to get into this tit for tat.

“I attempted to do one thing good to allow us all to say to the individuals who shall be elected – there shall be some Liberal Democrats, some Conservatives – good luck to you, struggle for all of us.

“I want that might have been reciprocated in a reasonably much less hostile means. Nonetheless, the feelings expressed stand and, I imagine, no matter the feedback made, they stand for all of us.”

Cllr Cooper added: “Now we have labored collectively on the overwhelming majority of issues this council does effectively over the eight years that I’ve been chief.

“We agree on 99 per cent of issues however on the one per cent of issues we don’t agree about, we will make a hell of a variety of noise.”