20th Oct, 2017

Vote them out! Fans urged to hijack council elections

Coventry Editorial 10th Apr, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A SKY Blues campaign to get the club back in Coventry has called on fans to stand in the upcoming council elections.

A major demonstration outside the Council House is planned while leader Ann Lucas and her deputy Phil Townshend have been targeted in a campaign to vote out key players in the saga.

The pair will both stand in local elections on May 22 in Holbrooks and Lower Stoke wards respectively.

The council was unable to comment as it must stay tight-lipped as part of pre-election rules.

But the Get Cov Back To The Ricoh group called on fans to question all parties and vote against their councillor – regardless of party – if they feel they haven’t helped the club or won’t in the future.

The campaign even called on supporters to stand under its banner, with nominations closing in two weeks on April 24.

Rob Stevens, a joint organiser of the campaign, said: “This month’s elections are a chance for all voters to have their say on the dispute and demand more action to bring our club back to the council-owned stadium for next season.

“We are calling on fans to contact election candidates in their wards in a search for answers.

“If they are not satisfied with their councillors’ answers or actions whichever party they belong to, now is the chance to vote them out.

“There has been a lack of transparency and democratic accountability at Coventry City Council.”

The demonstration – outside the council house at 1pm on Saturday, May 10 – follows a small rally back in October which provoked the first comments on the saga from Coun Lucas, who was only installed as leader in May.

Fellow organiser Stuart Cosgrove added: “We welcome all fans and people who care about the club’s future and want to see a Ricoh return next season, regardless or who owns the stadium or the club.

“We are not apologists for Sisu. They have made mistakes and we have publicly criticised them.

“But if you believe all sides should shoulder responsibility, now is the time to hold the council to account.”

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