I won't be chased out my seat' says councillor living 400 miles away from his Cambridge ward
Cllr Donald Adey says he's been a 'busy little bee' representing Trumpington, despite now living in Fife
A councillor says he “won’t be chased out of his seat” despite receiving “trash” emails in the wake of revelations he is now living 400 miles away from those who elected him in Cambridge.
Cllr Donald Adey, who represents Trumpington ward on Cambridge City Council and Trumpington division on Cambridgeshire County Council, has faced heavy criticism and calls for his resignation after news broke that he is now living in Fife in Scotland.
Having resigned from his former party, the Liberal Democrats - before he was pushed according to Lib Dem leader on the county council, Lucy Nethsingha - Cllr Adey said he intended to continue working for his ward as an independent.
Former colleagues and members of the public called for his complete resignation, with Lib Dem councillor Nichola Harrison even saying Cllr Adey was “not wanted”.
On Thursday (May 24), Cllr Adey attended the city council’s annual meeting.
Speaking to the press, he revealed he had received “trash” emails in the wake of the controversy over his new address.
He remained defiant, though, and said he would not be forced out of his seat. He also said he had been busy with case work in the last few weeks, and had been helping other councillors in the area to address social issues in Trumpington.
“I have been a busy little bee,” said Cllr Adey. “I have had four case work pieces in the last month. There has been an ongoing issue in Trumpington Meadows with anti-social behaviour. It is an ongoing thing that is certainly getting worse. People have contacted (Labour councillor) Katie Thornburrow and myself about it.
“I go down and walk around Trumpington a lot, and on the busway as well. I see houses popping up everywhere.
“I have had emails from people wearing red ties, shall we say, and a couple of other emails. Anyone in a public office expects that kind of thing. You only need to read a few lines and you get the picture.
“I am not going to be chased out of a seat I have been democratically elected to. I still have a place in Cambridge I can come to. I shall continue coming down regularly.”