Former Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Councillor, Claire Bennett, has contacted us to thank everyone that has supported her since resigning at the Council meeting in February.
Claire stood as an Independents for Sutton candidate in May 2016, winning her seat on the town council with 2,219 votes, edging out Conservative candidate Nitish Gajanan Raut by 471 votes and preventing what would otherwise have been a clean sweep for the Conservatives in Sutton Trinity Ward.
In her resignation speech she referred to “…a fundamental change… that’s drained all the enthusiasm from me”, and sited four reasons behind her decision.
Claire’s thank you reads as:
Ex-Cllr IfS Claire Bennett here.
I would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive (one exception being the anonymous “Lucky Jim”), kind and understanding since my resignation last week.
People I haven’t met before have stopped me in shops, at Wyndley and in the street to offer their support.
Nodding acquaintances have congratulated me and expressed their disappointment at the state of affairs that led to me doing what I did.
None of them knew about 14th’s Town Meeting!
Sutton is proving to me that it deserves better – what a smashing town!