Tory council's deputy leader: "I would prefer it if a Tory wasn't scrutinising the Tories" (From Brentwood Weekly News)
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Tory council's deputy leader: "I would prefer it if a Tory wasn't scrutinising the Tories"
11:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
BRENTWOOD Council's deputy leader has said he would have liked an opposition councillor to chair their Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Roger Hirst made the state after a night of high drama at Town Hall last week when during a very heated debate in the council chamber over Karen Chilvers’s position as chair of the same committee.
Tory councillors had criticised Ms Chilvers over her handling of the meeting, but councillors on the other side of the chamber believe the ruling group are smarting after a vote of no confidence was made against them.
It lasted for two hours, saw jibes slung across both sides of the chamber either directly at Ms Chilvers and other councillors.
These included Tory Keith Parker saying he had “no respect” for Ms Chilvers and Warley ward councillor Tory Jan Pound saying she thought the Lib Dem was “incompentent”.
On the other side, Lib Dem deputy leader Graeme Clark said the motion said more about Mr Hirst than Ms Chilvers while Labour leader Mike Le-Surf called it “childish and spiteful”.
Afterwards Mr Hirst said Ms Chilvers’s position had become untenable - and said he had no option but to replace her with a Tory.
He added: “I would have much preferred to have an even handed opposition member chair O&S. If they had put someone forward I would have been delighted, but they did not.”