Outgoing councillor fires parting salvo at Flintshire chiefs

Reporter:

David Humphreys

An outgoing councillor has fired a parting shot at the Flintshire Council leadership team.

Alison Halford, an opposition Conservative member who will not defend her Ewloe seat in May’s local elections, took to Twitter to lambaste authority figureheads as “out of their depth”.

In the same tweet Cllr Halford, a former Labour Assembly Member before defecting some years ago to the Tories, labelled Colin Everett, the council’s chief executive, as a “control freak”.

Attempting to reply to a tweet from Plaid Cymru AM and councillor Neil McEvoy, Cllr Halford wrote: “@neiljmcevoy same in Flintshire. Our leaders in Flintshire are out of their depth and rely on control freak CE. Tories blamed for everything.”

This is not the first time Cllr Halford has taken to the internet to make accusations about Labour leaders at County Hall in Mold and to hit out publicly at Mr Everett.

In April last year, in a blog on her website Cllr Halford accused Flintshire Council leader Aaron Shotton of attempting to bully her after her decision to publicise apparently confidential emails between the pair following remarks she made at an audit committee meeting in January 2016.

Also in January of last year, the former Merseyside Police assistant chief constable branded Mr Everett as “unfit for purpose”.

She made her scathing remark during a debate about an alleged lack of control over large sums being spent on external experts.

Cllr Halford’s comment at the meeting of the council’s audit committee led to angry rebukes from colleagues.

Mr Everett replied: “I will disregard the personal comment but, with respect, that is the last time I will be undermined by the councillor.”

Cllr Halford was first woman to reach the rank of assistant chief constable in the British police force and went on to become the first Assembly Member for Delyn.

She also headed the Merseyside Police’s casualty bureau during the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which helped to identify victims and fielded thousands of calls from worried family and friends.

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