Hartlepool Conservative councillor Gordon Cranney has resigned a full 24 hours into his new term of office. The councillor, who pleaded guilty on 28 April to assaulting his wife by beating, announced his resignation today after holding his seat following Thursday’s local election.
The local Conservative Party suspended him yesterday. The council Labour Group had called for him to resign.
Facebook members have shared a screenshot of Cranney’s post:
Hartlepool Conservative Party has posted on Facebook:
“Hartlepool Conservatives confirm that former Councillor, Gordon Cranney has today resigned his position.
“We will be selecting a candidate to fight the upcoming By-election in the Seaton Ward in the coming weeks.”
Update: In a later Facebook post Cllr Cranney retracted his announcement stating that he had not yet informed Hartlepool Borough Council of his resignation. Cranney said:
“I’ve been asked to stand down and most probably will as a result. However, I have not lodged my resignation to the HBC.
“I apologize for the mixed emotions but believe me I feel them too.”
This article will updated soon due to further developments.