Norman Baker MP: Reaction to news of Seaford Town Clerk’s resignation following investigation.

LEWES: Norman Baker at Magistrate courts, Lewes. 2-7-10 SUS-140422-152229001
LEWES: Norman Baker at Magistrate courts, Lewes. 2-7-10 SUS-140422-152229001

Norman Baker MP has said he ‘welcomes’ the joint statement issued by Seaford Town Council and the Seaford Town Clerk announcing her resignation.

Town Clerk Samantha Shippen decided to stand down after the completion of an investigation into the council, which was instigated by Mr Baker back in January 10.

The investigation looked into 10 points of concern that the MP had raised.

Mrs Shippen temporarily stood down from her post while the investigation was carried out and this morning (July 2) a joint press release, from Seaford Town Council and Mrs Shippen, was released, announcing her decision to resign.

Mr Baker said, “I welcome the statement issued by Seaford Town Council, announcing the departure of town clerk Sam Shippen.

“My constituents will know that I took the decision to raise publicly my concerns about the operation of the council, given the unprecedented number and nature of complaints I had received from local people and organisations in the town.

“That included my calling, on a neutral basis, for the suspension of the town clerk while matters were properly investigated.

“It is a matter of some regret that the then leadership of the council initially reacted by denying there was any problem, despite the plethora of evidence to the contrary, thereby delaying the action necessary to remedy matters.

“However, I very much welcome the responsible and approach taken by the new mayor Mark Brown who has been prepared to address the various issues and to do so in a constructive cross-party way.

“For my part, I make it clear that I am very willing to work with the town council to help get matters back on an even keel, in the interest of my constituents in Seaford.”

The town council statement added, “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.”