I asked a question at the Executive Council meeting (all LibDem councillors). Mark Hunter, then Council Leader and John Schulz, Chief Executive, said I had been so rude to a council officer that I may never contact another Stockport Council employee ever again. There was no appeals process and no time limit to this ban.

“Goodness, Sheila, what have you done”, asked excellent Stockport Express reporter Peter Devine. “I have been asking questions about the school”, I replied, “and they don’t like it”.

When I threatened to sue them for defamation – this was said at a public meeting – they backed down completely and had to find another way to shut me up.