Southend deputy mayor delays stepping down after local elections are postponed

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The deputy mayor of Southend will continue in his role for another year following the government’s decision to postpone elections.

Councillor Mark Flewitt (Con) announced last month that he would not stand for re-election in May due to internal rows over council management.

But the deputy mayor has now announced he will remain as a councillor until May next year after elections were postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Flewitt was also in line to take over from Councillor John Lamb as mayor of the town, but it is understood that the council is in discussions over whether to extend Mr Lamb’s term.

Cllr Flewitt’s dramatic announcement that he would be stepping down came after the Tory councillor said “relationship are broken beyond repair” within the council and he firmly placed the blame on top boss Alison Griffin, who he said would have to resign if the Tories won the election.

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Steve Shaw

Local Democracy Reporter