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Stafford Mayor issues challenge to Twitter impostor

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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THIS town ain’t big enough for the both of us, a joker pretending to be the Mayor of Stafford has been told and is under threat of being sent to the tower – by the real borough mayor.

Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Angela Loughran, is issuing a challenge to her spoof counterpart for a showdown at Stafford Castle.

And it will be no laughing matter for the imposter, Nottingham-based comedian James Billington, who she says could find himself in the stocks for his “unmayoral-like” behaviour.

Mr Billington hit the national headlines after he appeared to have fooled Alton Towers and Shrewsbury Town Council with his Twitter comments posing as Stafford’s mayor.

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His ungracious remarks about the Mayor of Shrewsbury brought a strong rebuke from Councillor Loughran, who said he should not be disparaging another mayor.

But now she is prepared to give the prankster a mayoral pardon if he plucks up the courage to meet face to face. Mr Billington will also be offered a slot at the successful Saturday comedy night in the MET studio at the Gatehouse Theatre.

Councillor Loughran said: “Mr Billington has been getting quite a bit of publicity at my expense and has fooled a number of people along the way. This cannot be tolerated and I think he needs to be taken to the castle!

“With the 400th anniversary of Stafford having a mayor this year I am sure there are plenty of people who would like the role.

“But the town is big enough for only one Mayor, and that is me – although I am prepared to pardon this poor imitation with his cheap-looking chain.”

Mr Billington can contact the borough council via Twitter or arrange the meeting by emailing wjconaghan@staffordbc.gov.uk, call 01785 619230 or 0771 7797500.

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