A councillor who lives 260 miles from his Northamptonshire ward is expected to
resign having missed 75 per cent of meetings in two years.
Tory Mark Davidson, a South Northamptonshire Council member for Grange Park, has been to only nine out of 35 meetings since February 2012.
In the six-month period from February 2012, Councillor Davidson attended four out of six meetings; one of eight meetings; two of eight meetings; one of seven meetings and, for the period to the end of this month, one out of six meetings. He sent apologies for 26 in all.
Council leader Mary Clarke said yesterday that she had told Councillor Davidson he must resign, which would lead to a by- election.
She said: “This story is a non-event.
“His attendance has been erratic and that is why he will be resigning either today or tomorrow.”
When contacted by the Chronicle & Echo, Councillor Davidson said he was unaware his resignation had become official. He would not confirm where he now lives – its is understood to be in the Sunderland area – but he said: “I now live 260 miles away because of work.
“This was not the case before the election.
“I always carry out all of my duties, even if I don’t live in Grange Park any more.
“I never have, and never will, claim expenses either.
“I didn’t ask for my job to change, but it has and I can’t help that.
“I would struggle to get there for 5pm meetings.
“I’ve always done my best to represent Grange Park, but I have to provide for my family.”