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Under-fire Seaford town clerk resigns

The Argus: Norman Baker MP accused the council of being "unwise and undemocratic" Norman Baker MP accused the council of being "unwise and undemocratic"

The Seaford Town Council clerk has resigned after a string of high-profile incidents at the authority.

Sam Shippen quit her role yesterday following an investigation into accusations of bullying, incompetence and infighting among councillors and staff.

A statement from Seaford Town Council said: "Both the council and Mrs Shippen accept that the matters under investigation are complex, deep-seated and difficult to resolve.

"To enable both the council and Mrs Shippen to move on from the situation Mrs Shippen has offered her resignation which the Council has accepted.

"The council and Mrs Shippen consider the matter closed and will be making no further comment. The council wishes Mrs Shippen well in the future and to thank her for the positive contributions she has made to the Town Council."

In February Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, accused the council of giving an “extraordinary amount of decision-making to the town clerk” which was “unwise and undemocratic”.

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8:28am Wed 2 Jul 14

Take it Personally says...

ahhh, another incompetent bully gets let off the hook.
ahhh, another incompetent bully gets let off the hook. Take it Personally
  • Score: 13

8:36am Wed 2 Jul 14

rogerthefish says...

Get rid of Baker as well please.
Get rid of Baker as well please. rogerthefish
  • Score: 5

8:50am Wed 2 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

I see there is no sign yet of Ben Duncan resigning. His offence is every bit as bad as whatever Ms Shippen has done. But then the Greens are a law into themselves. Caroline Lucas demanded he resign or be sacked last night. KitKat called his remarks disgusting and offensive but does nothing and still Duncan just grins in their faces. Not other party would out up with Duncan's other offences; publicly calling a councillor a Nazi because she was wearing cross of St Brigid; saying he only commits "rape" after he's been drinking.

Nice man.
I see there is no sign yet of Ben Duncan resigning. His offence is every bit as bad as whatever Ms Shippen has done. But then the Greens are a law into themselves. Caroline Lucas demanded he resign or be sacked last night. KitKat called his remarks disgusting and offensive but does nothing and still Duncan just grins in their faces. Not other party would out up with Duncan's other offences; publicly calling a councillor a Nazi because she was wearing cross of St Brigid; saying he only commits "rape" after he's been drinking. Nice man. Max Ripple
  • Score: 14

8:52am Wed 2 Jul 14

Sussex jim says...

rogerthefish wrote:
Get rid of Baker as well please.
Why the picture of Mr.Baker's grinning clown-like face instead of Mrs.Shippen?
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: Get rid of Baker as well please.[/p][/quote]Why the picture of Mr.Baker's grinning clown-like face instead of Mrs.Shippen? Sussex jim
  • Score: 10

8:53am Wed 2 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

Sorry,the actual lovely quote was, "I only smoke weed when I'm murdering, raping and looting." My mistake.
Sorry,the actual lovely quote was, "I only smoke weed when I'm murdering, raping and looting." My mistake. Max Ripple
  • Score: 8

9:30am Wed 2 Jul 14

Nosfaratu says...

Max Ripple wrote:
Sorry,the actual lovely quote was, "I only smoke weed when I'm murdering, raping and looting." My mistake.
Sounds familiar ! Indian MP's make these statements too.

What is wrong with these people, have they no sense of propriety, their mental suitability must be in doubt. I am surprised that some sort of censorship has not been applied to Mr Duncan.

This is a good representation of the break down of Morality and basic human sensibility. I suggest the Stocks and a good flogging followed by dismemberment.
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: Sorry,the actual lovely quote was, "I only smoke weed when I'm murdering, raping and looting." My mistake.[/p][/quote]Sounds familiar ! Indian MP's make these statements too. What is wrong with these people, have they no sense of propriety, their mental suitability must be in doubt. I am surprised that some sort of censorship has not been applied to Mr Duncan. This is a good representation of the break down of Morality and basic human sensibility. I suggest the Stocks and a good flogging followed by dismemberment. Nosfaratu
  • Score: 4

10:05am Wed 2 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

"bullying, incompetence and infighting"........

..... but enough of the odious Norman Baker..........
"bullying, incompetence and infighting"........ ..... but enough of the odious Norman Baker.......... Quiterie
  • Score: -1

10:07am Wed 2 Jul 14

Bluebeef says...

What is nosy Norman doing interfering with the affairs of Seaford Town Council: he should try to manage his own affairs properly
What is nosy Norman doing interfering with the affairs of Seaford Town Council: he should try to manage his own affairs properly Bluebeef
  • Score: -7

10:26am Wed 2 Jul 14

Greenginkgo says...

In response to Bluebeef - Norman Baker is Seaford's MP, and was approached for help by residents and constituents concerned by the situation. Any action he took was entirely appropriate and well within his remit.
In response to Bluebeef - Norman Baker is Seaford's MP, and was approached for help by residents and constituents concerned by the situation. Any action he took was entirely appropriate and well within his remit. Greenginkgo
  • Score: 13

11:45am Wed 2 Jul 14

Bluebeef says...

Greenginkgo wrote:
In response to Bluebeef - Norman Baker is Seaford's MP, and was approached for help by residents and constituents concerned by the situation. Any action he took was entirely appropriate and well within his remit.
Nothing to do with politics then?
[quote][p][bold]Greenginkgo[/bold] wrote: In response to Bluebeef - Norman Baker is Seaford's MP, and was approached for help by residents and constituents concerned by the situation. Any action he took was entirely appropriate and well within his remit.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with politics then? Bluebeef
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Wed 2 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why is no one sacked these days?

caMORON hasn't sacked one of his party - even when caught thieving. What message does this send out?

Of course they want them to be able to keep their pensions, if sacked they'd lose them.
Why is no one sacked these days? caMORON hasn't sacked one of his party - even when caught thieving. What message does this send out? Of course they want them to be able to keep their pensions, if sacked they'd lose them. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 2

12:06pm Wed 2 Jul 14

her professional says...

Bluebeef wrote:
Greenginkgo wrote:
In response to Bluebeef - Norman Baker is Seaford's MP, and was approached for help by residents and constituents concerned by the situation. Any action he took was entirely appropriate and well within his remit.
Nothing to do with politics then?
Of course it's to do with politics, and what's wrong with that? Interesting to hear Norman described as "nosy" when he gets involved in the affairs of his constituents, while Caroline Lucas is condemned on these blogs for not getting directly involved in every minuscule non- event that occurs in Brighton.
[quote][p][bold]Bluebeef[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Greenginkgo[/bold] wrote: In response to Bluebeef - Norman Baker is Seaford's MP, and was approached for help by residents and constituents concerned by the situation. Any action he took was entirely appropriate and well within his remit.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with politics then?[/p][/quote]Of course it's to do with politics, and what's wrong with that? Interesting to hear Norman described as "nosy" when he gets involved in the affairs of his constituents, while Caroline Lucas is condemned on these blogs for not getting directly involved in every minuscule non- event that occurs in Brighton. her professional
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

Just looked at the picture. Mrs Shippen looks a bit masculine methinks . . .
Just looked at the picture. Mrs Shippen looks a bit masculine methinks . . . NickBrt
  • Score: 1

11:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Withdean-er says...

So will Shippen make a greedy severance pay claim, or has she confidentially received one already? Being from the public purse, these are normally ex-gratia, which in reality means way above what a commercial entity would pay as determined by law.
So will Shippen make a greedy severance pay claim, or has she confidentially received one already? Being from the public purse, these are normally ex-gratia, which in reality means way above what a commercial entity would pay as determined by law. Withdean-er
  • Score: 1
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