Updated: Saturday, 18th November 2017 @ 8:06am

Sex-mad Wigan cllr told to 'quit!' as motion calls for resignation over kinky chat line bills and revolting texts

Sex-mad Wigan cllr told to 'quit!' as motion calls for resignation over kinky chat line bills and revolting texts

| By Kenny Lomas

A Wigan councillor who racked up £2,500 charges on sex chat lines and sent vulgar text messages is under increased pressure to step down after a motion was passed calling for his resignation.

At a full council meeting yesterday evening, all but three members voted in favour of Labour councillor Terence Halliwell's motion. 

Independents' Robert Bleakley was told has brought the council into ‘disrepute for serious breaches’ of its code of conduct, though he maintained he paid the money straight back after the charges were highlighted.

As well as racking up huge bills on sex chat lines, The Wigan Independents Councillor for Tyldesley was previously reprimanded for sending multiple sexist and explicit text messages.

During a hearing earlier this month the panel heard evidence, including some of the text messages. One message, sent on Saturday March 2 last year, said: “Aren’t they fucking idiots. No wonder women are just cooking and washing material."

In another message, sent Monday February 11, 2013, in a conversation regarding the Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne court case, he said: “Lol. Oh well we’ll find out this week what happens. I hope she likes porridge and her fanny played with in the showers."

On Tuesday February 26 2013, he said: “I see that fucking Alison Smith was on the news complaining about the investigation. Someone please tell her to fuck off and don’t come back."

In a response he continued: “That Alison Smith, typical Scot and I bet she has a tight snatch.

“What a fucking bitch.”

During the hearing the council also discovered councillor Bleakley had viewed pornographic material on his council-issued laptop and had deliberately altered an email to try to get a senior employee the sack.

Though he was spared his job, the Tyldesley councillor was ordered to hand back his IT equipment, including his mobile phone, and had his internet access revoked.

He was also ordered to undergo equal opportunities training and female officers have be instructed not to speak to him.

Despite this, councillor Bleakeley has faced increased pressure to resign from his post, which he has rejected.

At present, the council cannot force councillor Bleakeley to resign as such powers were abolished by the government.

The motion urging him to quit proposed that it was the view of the council ‘that he should tender his resignation with immediate effect’.

A council spokesman said the motion was ‘designed to increase pressure’ on him to quit.

Image courtesy of Cheon Fong Liew, with thanks.