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Strippergram councillor Myrna Bushell decides to stand down

By This is NorthDevon  |  Posted: November 06, 2008

Myrna Bushell

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A COUNCILLOR who hit the headlines over her job as a stripper has given up her seat.

Myrna Bushell said she was not taken seriously by other members of Bideford Town Council.

Mrs Bushell had a brief moment of national notoriety last August when it emerged she had worked on sex chatlines and as a strippergram.

Explaining her decision to stand down as a councillor for the Bideford North ward Mrs Bushell said: "After the publicity of my personal life last year, I never really recovered and it made it virtually impossible to gain support or open lines of communication necessary to fulfil my duties.

"Some people within the council never gave me the respect as an equal and therefore my opinions were discredited before I even made them."

Mrs Bushell has always defended her job in the adult industry, in which she had worked for 15 years.

She has now separated from her husband, Mel Bushell, who also sits on Bideford Town Council, and has become a single parent to her six-year-old daughter.

She said: "Being a single parent from the beginning of this year has meant I have been struggling to juggle my parental responsibilities, my business and the council.

"There just isn't enough time in the day and my daughter was not getting the time she needed as I have had to work more to make ends meet."

Mrs Bushell believes some sections of society are not being represented because of the time needed to be a councillor.

She said: "I look at the people within councils and realise it is impossible for someone like me to stay there without making huge sacrifices.

"Unless you are rich, unemployed or retired there is little possibility of being able to manage work, home life and the council.

"It makes me wonder whether this is detrimental to society as a whole. The everyday people are being represented by a small nucleus of society.

"I'm not saying there aren't some very wonderful and experienced people within the council, but I feel there is a wealth of expertise and understandings that are going untapped due to financial constraints."

Mrs Bushell thanked everyone who had elected her and said it was a difficult and agonising decision to resign.

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    Desmond, North Devon  |  November 12 2008, 1:51PM

    I would question whether Town Councils serve any useful purpose, or have any relevance at all in a modern society - period!

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    BC girl, BC  |  November 10 2008, 9:21PM

    Why hasn't anyone questioned why she had to do the job she did? Where was her husband in all of this?

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    Horton Who, Internet  |  November 07 2008, 6:47PM

    I feel sorry for anyone who recieved that "Kissogram"! Yikes, she's a bit long in the tooth.

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    bidefordian, bideford  |  November 07 2008, 6:43PM

    oh gosh, I forgot the older generation never had kids did they! I feel more sorry for people stacking shelves and working what i call hard for a living, not ripping off people who obviously must be lonely or desperate,the rates of pay quoted for getting ones kit off isn't cheap either. Dave needs to go to have his eyes tested, or maybe visit a meeting across the county.

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    dave channel, sky  |  November 07 2008, 1:01PM

    The only guts i see with the current mob we have for cllrs are the ones hanging over their belts. I wonder why the bidefordian is no longer a cllr? Perhaps he found that his face didn't quite fit, so his opinions weren't taken seriously......

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    Trigger, Bideford  |  November 07 2008, 9:58AM

    The Bidefordonian - you've missed the point on child care. It is clearly about spending time with her child herself not about finding someone to look after her. Personally, I think the point here that needs discussing is how we get more ordinary , younger, working class people with families onto councils rather than a majority of retired middle class people who however well intentioned don't know the day to day stuggles we are facing just to keep our heads above water at the moment. Clearly, Cllr Bushell knows exactly how difficult it is right now and that's why she has had to give up the council rather than be either a sub standard parent or a sub standard councillor.

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    Edgehill Teacher, Northdown Road  |  November 06 2008, 8:19PM

    So, The Bidefordian, It might take lots of guts to be on a council, but it's obvious you don't need to be able to spell. Heh heh!

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    The Bidefordian, Bideford  |  November 06 2008, 4:03PM

    Now fred where are you coming from? Your about as funny as your name sake "Bill" BANKSY is slating cllrs who are still on a council doing there bit. They arent making excuses to reasons why they are leaving, or cannot do their jobs. There are some really keen young cllrs around these days. Maybe they should have child care arrangemnets if they haven't already, but the reasons given sound like just another excuse to me, main aim is simply to seek even more publicity, will be on tv next, look for spotlight!!!!!!(tonight or tomorrow)

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    Fred Bailey, Alverdiscott  |  November 06 2008, 1:56PM

    I think The Bidefordian has got it a bit wrong. It looked to me like Banksy was for the woman who left the council.

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    The Bidefordian, Bideford  |  November 06 2008, 1:45PM

    Banksy seems your a bit of a regular blogger. Now there is a space on the council, maybe you should contact the clerk there and ask to stand for the council.Then you could do your bit without making stupid off the cuff coments. I was once a local councillor and its takes a lot of guts to be on the council and get things done. Much easier to make excusses and attack the people who are doing there best and from what gather doing rather well in a really tough climate, put your money where your mouth is for once.