Councillor faces no-show debate
Councillors will next week discuss the long-term absence of a colleague who has been battling bowel cancer.
Labour's Anne Glover has been suffering serious health problems and was last able to attend a meeting at Leicester City Council on June 12.
Under council rules, any member who does not attend a meeting in a six-month period is disqualified as a councillor.
Thursday's full council meeting would be the last one that Coun Glover, who represents Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields, could attend before the six months elapse.
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Officers have, however, recommended she be given a four-month extension, given her health problems.
Council records show she has attended one of seven meetings at which she was expected since May 24.
Coun Glover told the Mercury she has been awaiting surgery since June and struggles to get about.
She said she hoped to have an operation next month but, if it did not happen, she would stand down.
She said: "I want to get to meetings. I am desperate to get to meetings, but I can't leave the house for three or four hours to go to the town hall.
"I have already said I would resign at Christmas if I wasn't well enough, but I hope to have an operation in December and three weeks after that I will be mobile again. If that doesn't happen, I will go."
Coun Glover found out her colleagues would be discussing her absence when she received a letter from the council on Wednesday.
A report into her absence has also been published on the council website.
She said: "I was really upset that nobody called me to discuss this before.
"I heard nothing from council officers or the Labour group before I got that letter. They know I have been very ill.
"I will drag myself in to the (Labour) group meeting on Monday if I have to and then to the council meeting on Thursday.
"There are workers and there are shirkers in this world. I am a worker and I hate it when I can't get out.
"The only advantage is that when residents call me at home for help with casework I am always in to speak to them.
"I have been doing lots of casework and attending local meetings near my house when I can. I have been working very hard for the people in my ward."
Coun Glover has been receiving her basic allowance of nearly £10,000 and £1,200 on travel and subsistence.
Earlier this week, fellow Labour councillor Robert Wann narrowly avoided being disqualified after turning up to a meeting just before the six- month period was due to expire.
He has still faced calls to stand down from residents in his Thurncourt Ward.