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Mayor is a darned nuisance.

Byline: JULIE TYERS

A MAYOR has needled her town hall colleagues - by SEWING in meetings.

Carni McCarron-Holmes darned a pair of trousers during one debate.

And she interrupted a question to a local police chief...to break a piece of cotton with her teeth.

As the yarn snapped, so did Labour councillor Richard Taylor.

He stormed out, threatening to table a vote of no confidence.

"I had to leave or I'd have blown a fuse," he said yesterday.

His protest was backed by Coun Tony Johnstone - who threatened to disrupt future meetings by playing naked Subbuteo.

He told the meeting at Maryport, Cumbria: "She says there's nothing in the rules to stop her sewing - well there's nothing to stop me going nude."

Mayor Carni said: "Some councillors pick their noses, some doodle - but that doesn't stop them doing their public duty. This is a witch hunt."

However, she has promised to leave her sewing at home in future.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2004
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