Burnley Lib Dem councillor quits due to ill health

STEPPING DOWN Coun Julie Johnson

STEPPING DOWN Coun Julie Johnson

First published in Rosegrove Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BURNLEY Liberal Democrat councillor has been forced to step down due to ill health.

Julie Johnson, who represented the Rosegrove with Lowerhouse ward, said she was not able to devote her full energies to the task as she has problems with her hip, affecting her mobility.

She said: “I feel strongly that if you’re going to be a councillor and represent people, you have to do it properly.

“My health means I haven't been in a position to do that for some time.

"I've been struggling to walk any distance because of problems with my hip.

“I did consider resigning earlier but hoped that I would recover and be able to carry on, but it hasn’t worked out that way.

“Several visits to hospital haven’t helped.”

Councillors Lynne Briggs and Kate Mottershead are looking after local residents in the ward, supported by County Councillor Jeff Sumner.

Burnley Borough Council leader Charlie Briggs said: “I hope Julie comes back to full health quickly and wish her well.”

Once two voters from somewhere in the Burnley Borough area have written to Burnley Council’s chief executive asking for a by-election, one will be called.

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1:37pm Tue 25 Jan 11

viglin says...

As far as I know the other two councillors for the Rosegrove ward are Lynne Briggs (L/D) and Paul Reynolds (Lab), no doubt Kate Mottershead is going to be (yet another) L/D candidate in the by election, good of you to give her such a hearty plug at the start of her campaign, I wonder what the Press Complaints Council will make of it if Paul Reynolds complains about being frozen out of your story???????
As far as I know the other two councillors for the Rosegrove ward are Lynne Briggs (L/D) and Paul Reynolds (Lab), no doubt Kate Mottershead is going to be (yet another) L/D candidate in the by election, good of you to give her such a hearty plug at the start of her campaign, I wonder what the Press Complaints Council will make of it if Paul Reynolds complains about being frozen out of your story??????? viglin
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8:48pm Fri 28 Jan 11

MargretofBurnley says...

I heard that she got sacked for not turning up for meetings never mind stepping down.
Lynne Briggs has never been seen up the stoops area of her ward the only part of it she can be seen is around the funeral place in Rosegrove.
I heard that she got sacked for not turning up for meetings never mind stepping down. Lynne Briggs has never been seen up the stoops area of her ward the only part of it she can be seen is around the funeral place in Rosegrove. MargretofBurnley
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9:17pm Fri 28 Jan 11

gannow man says...

Mottershead is not a councillor, What has Birtwistle promised you for the plug?
Rumour has it she was sacked for not turning up to council meetings to represent the people who were conned into voting for her, Paul Reynolds is the other ward councillor not Jeff Sumner, He should be looking after his own ward.
Lies from the LibDems is nothing new though as we have learnt since the general election.
Will Gordon be out campaigning for Mottershead as he was in the Oldham by election instead of doing the work for Burnley that he was elected to do?
When can we expect to have the A&E dept back?
Hot air also known as wind is what we have come to expect from these LibDems.
Mottershead is not a councillor, What has Birtwistle promised you for the plug? Rumour has it she was sacked for not turning up to council meetings to represent the people who were conned into voting for her, Paul Reynolds is the other ward councillor not Jeff Sumner, He should be looking after his own ward. Lies from the LibDems is nothing new though as we have learnt since the general election. Will Gordon be out campaigning for Mottershead as he was in the Oldham by election instead of doing the work for Burnley that he was elected to do? When can we expect to have the A&E dept back? Hot air also known as wind is what we have come to expect from these LibDems. gannow man
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9:34pm Fri 28 Jan 11

gannow man says...

MargretofBurnley wrote:
I heard that she got sacked for not turning up for meetings never mind stepping down.
Lynne Briggs has never been seen up the stoops area of her ward the only part of it she can be seen is around the funeral place in Rosegrove.
Stoops does not fit in with the LibDem image.
Funeral parlour is in Rosegrove centre opposite the LibDem councillors Tara takeaway just along from his halal chicken shop, That was a bit of luck getting planning permission for that.
Takeaway centre of Burnley.
[quote][p][bold]MargretofBurnley[/bold] wrote: I heard that she got sacked for not turning up for meetings never mind stepping down. Lynne Briggs has never been seen up the stoops area of her ward the only part of it she can be seen is around the funeral place in Rosegrove.[/p][/quote]Stoops does not fit in with the LibDem image. Funeral parlour is in Rosegrove centre opposite the LibDem councillors Tara takeaway just along from his halal chicken shop, That was a bit of luck getting planning permission for that. Takeaway centre of Burnley. gannow man
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