Public reprimand for anti-fracking slur councillor

Gordon McCann
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Former Wyre mayor and Preesall councillor Gordon McCann is to be “named and shamed” before Wyre Council for a breach of its code of conduct.

The action follows calls for Coun McCann’s resignation by the Residents Action on Fylde Fracking after his controversial comments on their activities during a speech at the Shale Gas World UK debate in June.

The statements, captured on video, accused RAFF and Frack Off of “breaking into the Royal Bank of Scotland” and “reclaiming the streets.”

RAFF chairman Ian Roberts complained to the council’s Standards Committee, which studied a report on the matter at a meeting at Poulton Civic Centre last Wednesday.

The long-serving councillor issued an apology to the anti-fracking groups in July after labelling his comments “misjudged” and agreed to a further apology at the Shale Gas World Conference.

But following a meeting with council bosses, including leader Coun Peter Gibson, Mr Roberts felt the apology did not show genuine remorse and reiterated his call for Coun McCann to stand down. He added that failing that, the council should “publicly denounce his behaviour”.

The committee accepted the findings and conclusions of the report, which will be submitted and considered during the next full council meeting on October 17.