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Was Mayor Stuart Drummond right to jet off to a South African conference in his own time amid budget uncertainties at home?

HARTLEPOOL Mayor Stuart Drummond has been slammed for jetting off to South Africa to speak at a conference while the council’s budget plans are still up in the air.

The elected mayor was due to speak today about climate change and his Operation Cleansweep initiative at the Urban & Housing Development conference in Cape Town.

But the timing of the trip has sparked criticism from councillors after Hartlepool Borough Council’s budget plans were thrown into disarray last week.

Today we ask: Was Mayor Stuart Drummond right to jet off to a South African conference in his own time amid budget uncertainties at home?