Wirral council leader Phil Davies has been in and around controversy in the Merseyside borough recently. A council employee close to Davies was revealed as the ‘author’ of a resignation letter supposedly written by a councillor that contained vicious attacks on local Labour members – and Davies himself was listed as the last person to save the document.
That same employee was subsequently revealed to be the person sought by British Transport Police in relation to a double assault in a Liverpool rail station. Davies and the council declined to comment.
As a result of the letter, its similarity to the resignation letter of local MP Frank Field – for whom Davies expressed support – and other smears in the mainstream media, Labour members in Wirral accused Davies and other long-time Labour figures in the borough of participating in ‘dirty politics’ and a ‘choreographed political attack’.
Now Cllr Davies has announced that he will step down at the local elections in May next year – but a saccharine email to other councillors, titled “Calling time on my political career”, makes no mention of recent controversies. Instead it lists claimed achievements and reminiscences, before thanking “everyone for their kindness and support during my three decades of service as a member of Wirral Council” and expressing his excitement about “the many projects launched during my tenure in office as they come to fruition over the coming months and years“.
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