Brent councillor who lives in Brighton is visited by Willesden resident
PUBLISHED: 17:21 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 19:01 18 June 2013
Cllr Rev David Clues vows to resign the day after Kierra Box travelled to see him
A Brent councillor who refuses to give up his seat despite moving 80 miles has been visited by an angry resident over the weekend.
Kierra Box, of Roundwood Road, Willesden, jumped on a train and travelled down to Brighton to confront Cllr Rev David Clues after he failed to respond to her emails and phone calls.
But, the married father, who represents the Dudden Hill ward, was not at his vicarage at St Bartholomew’s Church.
Ms Box said: “It’s ridiculous that he is still my councillor because there are a number of changes going on in Brent and this is time when we need our councillors to support and stand up for us.
“Not only is he taking none of his regular duties seriously but he’s not even taking care of very basic things like responding to emails which are achievable from Brighton. It’s clear he has lost any interest in Dudden Hill.”
Cllr Clues has clung on to his Lib Dem seat despite moving away from St Mary’s Church in Neasden Lane, in December 2011 by attending one meeting every six months.
By doing so he prevents triggering a by-election and can continue to claim an annual allowance of £7,974.
The two other ward councillors Aslam Choudry and Krupesh Hirani represent Labour.
Ms Box added: “He is in a very well-respected church in Brighton and I can imagine he is living a cushy life.
“If he wants to be a vicar in a nice cushy church he should resign and give us a councillor who is active.”
In a new twist, Cllr Rev David Clues pledged on national television to give up his seat after he was featured on Channel 4’s Dispatches programme last night.
Calling his position ‘anomalous’, he added: “I’m in the process of resigning. My intention all along was to do what I could for my constituents as long as I could but I recognise that’s not realistic and I don’t think it’s fair on them.”
Cllr Clues failed to answer or return calls from the Times.