Peter Little withdrawn from Allerdale board after jail for sending threatening email
A disgraced councilor has been removed from his post after being jailed for making threats against a council chief and Workington MP Mark Jenkinson.
Allerdale’s counsel has confirmed that Peter Little will be “automatically disqualified as a counselor with immediate effect” after being sentenced to 18 weeks in prison yesterday.
A by-election will now be held to fill the vacant seat.
Little, who represented Maryport South on the board, was jailed at Workington Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to sending an offensive message.
He had sent a threatening email to Allerdale Council CEO Andrew Seekings on September 4 which read: “You and the MP are screwed.”
A spokesperson for Allerdale Council said: “Peter Little yesterday received a 6-week private jail sentence to run consecutively with an existing 12-week conditional sentence. We have received confirmation that he is now serving a sentence. 18 week sentence This means that under S80 of the Local Government Act 1972, Peter is automatically disqualified as a councilor with immediate effect.
“The council must legally initiate the process of organizing a by-election to fill the vacant seat and the Election Services team today published the vacancy notice which can be viewed on the council’s website.”
Little, 37, of Grasmere Terrace, Maryport, had been given a suspended jail sentence after being convicted on August 24 of a number of public order offenses, including homophobic police abuse .
On sentencing, District Judge Mark Hadfield said threats against officials were taken “very seriously”, referring to the recent murder of Tory MP Sir David Amess.