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ELECTIONS 2005: COUNCIL EMPLOYEE WITHDRAWS INTENTION TO STAND

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In the light of advice from Lincolnshire CC's county secretary and solicitor, and feedback from the Office of the D...
In the light of advice from Lincolnshire CC's county secretary and solicitor, and feedback from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Anne Dorrian, rural academy coordinator with the council, has decided not to submit her nomination papers to start the process to become an MP.

Ms Dorrian previously expressed her wish to stand as an Independent candidate in the general election (see here). The council had to advise Ms Dorrian that she could not do so as the law prevents it. This was not a political issue but a managerial decision by the county secretary and solicitor, given the legal requirements.

The law prevents an officer in Ms Dorrian's position from standing for election. It is quite clear that before making it known that it is her intention to stand for election, an officer in Ms Dorrian's position must resign her post (Local Government & Housing Act 1989).
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