A defeated council leader was apparently so bitter at losing the election that he tried to prevent his successor using his desk, Scrapbook has learned. The former leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, Peter Britcliffe, attempted to instruct bemused staff that a taxpayer-funded bureau was “his desk” and that it should be put in storage “for when he returns”.
After taking several weeks to move out of the office reserved for the council leader, the Tory councillor continued to shock staff at Hyndburn Borough Council with his increasingly bizarre demands. Insistent that he should continue working in the style to which he was accustomed, Britcliffe had his own group of Conservative councillors ejected from their quarters to accommodate his “personal office” after attempts to acquire the office of a council director were rejected.
It is clear that some politicians deal better with defeat than others.