It’s being alleged that no Penarth Labour town councillors bothered to turn up for a special charity coffee morning held by the Town Mayor, Cllr Ken Lloyd (Conservative Cornerswell).
Although members of other councils – including the Vale of Glamorgan – attended the event, it’s claimed that no Penarth Labour councillors put in an appearance.
In May every year serving Penarth Town Councillors elect a new Town Mayor – who nominates two charities for which he or she will raise funds during the 12 month municipal year of office.
This year’s Town Mayor is Cllr Ken Lloyd – a long serving former Conservative councillor who was re-elected back onto Penarth Town Council in the May 2017 local government elections.
As Mayor, Cllr Lloyd had nominated the Royal National Institute for the Blind and Cancer Research UK . Last weekend’s coffee morning was intended to have kick-started the fundraising campaign programme for both charities
The Mayor’s charity fundraising is normally seen as totally cross-party, non-partisan activity which is carried out for the benefit of the community at large – and which is normally supported by both political parties – but not, it seems, this time.
Whilst the coffee morning was attended by representatives of other councils from as far afield as Llantwit Major – and by Andrew R T Davies the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly who is AM for South Wales Central. Mr Davies praised Cllr Lloyd for his hard work in showcasing the town and raising money for two excellent causes and said “I have known Ken for a number of years – and was absolutely thrilled when he became Mayor of Penarth.I always knew he would make an excellent ambassador for the town . It was really pleasing to see so many people from Penarth and across the Vale pop along to show their support – and raise money for two causes that I know are close to Ken’s heart.”
It’s reported that neither the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth constituency (Stephen Doughty) nor the Labour AM for the constituency (Vaughan Gething) attended the event.
The only Labour councillor spotted at the function was a former Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council Cllr Maureen Wilkinson, who is a member of Barry Town Council and who won the raffle at the event.
Tonight the Mayor of Penarth Cllr Lloyd will be officiating at the annual Bonfire Night fireworks display held at the Athletic Field off Lavernock Road