Shropshire

Jo Brand's mother disrupted Shropshire Council meeting

The mother of comedian Jo Brand was asked to leave a council meeting after taking over a microphone to speak about the cuts.

Joyce Brand, who used to work for Shropshire Council, had already demanded to know why the authority wanted to reduce pay.

But after the budget was discussed, she used a vacant microphone to carry on talking.

The council said she had then been asked to stop disrupting the meeting.

Mrs Brand, from Ludlow, said she had gone to Thursday's full council meeting at Shirehall to hear the leader of the Conservative-led council reply to a written question she had submitted.

The meeting came as council employees staged a 24-hour strike on Thursday.

She used her right to speak at the meeting to ask council leader Keith Barrow why the decision to cut staff and salaries had been taken.

Mrs Brand admitted she had deliberately set out to disrupt the formality of the meeting and to "shock" councillors into listening.

She said: "With the exception of the Lib Dems, who did take a stand, I said that I thought they were so lacking in compassion and courage that I felt they should be ashamed of themselves."

In a statement, Shropshire Council said: "The public are welcome to ask questions at the start of the council meeting and can also ask a supplementary question after they have heard the councillor's response.

"The chairman of the meeting was very lenient to Mrs Brand who continued to ask questions outside of this remit and she left the meeting of her own accord after being asked to stop disrupting the meeting."

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