A Killer Letter

Scott Mann’s (Former Cornwall Council Deputy Group Leader of Conservatives)  resignation letter:

Alec,

I have sent this email to you in advance of it going to the Conservative group.

After much thought I have decided to resign from my position as deputy leader of our group. I’m afraid that the straw that broke the camels back is the funding of the stadium for Cornwall. Although the group are generally supportive of the stadium they have made it clear on two separate occasions that no tax payer funding should be used. However a report is now being presented asking for 12-16 million pounds worth of funding.

I am of the view that the aims and ambitions of the council need to reflect our supported will as a group. It is very apparent that this has not been the case here. Another example would be the CDC review after our group asked for greater probity and control with their accounts further funding is being put in place with no control over spend.

There appears to be separation from what the group are saying and what you are doing. It is my view that your leadership style is one that is not conducive to democratic decision making. The only example I can think of is that of Brian Clough. Clough had a very blinkered approach to his job. There are some similarities; he achieved success at Nottingham Forest in much the same way that we have managed the transition to unitary and the financial savings that we have made. However, Clough had a hugely talented squad in which he asked each of his team to perform a job. He didn’t sideline anyone no matter how difficult they may be. The only understanding they had was that if they didn’t perform they where out of the team. It was Clough’s way or the highway, it worked at Forest but he was out of a job at Leeds in 100 days.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both you and your cabinet team for the excellent financial discipline you have shown over the last three years. I would also like to both thank and apologise to our group members. I would like to thank you for your support in my role over the last 10 months, and apologise for not being able to deliver in the way you wanted. I except my share of criticism for that and would add that I have learnt a lot about myself in the time in this role.

I have spoken to several members about the difficulties this role has presented me with. I feel that now is an appropriate time to do this with the AGM coming up.

I will, as always continue to uphold my Conservative values both in group and in the council chamber.

I will happily discuss my decision with any member of our group.

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