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PEACE PACT ENDS WAR OF WORDS.

WARRING politicians have buried the hatchet over an accusation of bias.

Wirral's Mayor Cllr Andrew Hodson issued a legal threat to Liberal Democrat leader Simon Holbrook over the latter's claim the office of mayor had been brought into disrepute. He made the claim because an emergency meeting to discuss Wirral's U-turn on library closures clashed with a long-standing business commitment, and requests to reschedule were denied. He has now apologised.

A joint statement read: "The Mayor and Cllr Holbrook have agreed that, while there was no legal requirement for the Mayor to consult over the date of the meeting, it would have been preferable had the Mayor consulted all Group Leaders before the date was set." It adds: "Cllr Holbrook accepts he overstepped the mark in accusing the Mayor of abusing his position and bringing the Mayor's Office into disrepute, and has apologised for those remarks."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2009
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