CORRECTION: 14:48 24/12/2014. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the involvement of Simon Mallinson.
Worcestershire County Hall is in a dire situation where a councillor has threatened to call the police - over a stolen cardboard cut-out of Ed Miliband.
Two weeks ago, the life-size copy of the Labour leader was stolen from the party's secure room in the County Hall.
Councillor Peter McDonald has warned he will "take it further with police" if the figure isn't returned.
Cllr Peter McDonald
According to Worcester News, McDonald learned the cut-out of Miliband had been removed because some people found it "offensive" and it had been misused.
Cllr McDonald told Worcester News: "One day I went into the room and found the cut-out of Ed had been nicked.
"It sounds childish but I couldn't believe it, I found myself negotiating over a cardboard cut-out.
"I had a meeting with Simon Mallinson and he said he knew where it had gone, and that we could have it back 'under certain conditions', and that was that it must go in January.
"I told him I've got British blood in my veins and I'm not prepared to negotiate with hostage takers.
"Nobody has a right to tell us what we can and can't have in our own room, we aren't breaking any laws by having a life-sized Ed Miliband in there."