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Top Tory expelled by council group
7:00am Saturday 14th December 2013 in News
THE chairman of Clacton’s Conservatives has been expelled from the ruling Tory group on Tendring Council.
Walton-based Delyth Miles was kicked out after a vote at a Conservative group meeting.
A statement from the Tendring Tories said the action had been taken after Mrs Miles had taken an unacceptable line within the group.
The Gazette understands the decision was made after Mrs Miles left a message on the answer machine of Tendring Council and Conservative Group leader Peter Halliday.
The pair disagree over a planning application for a visitor centre at Walton’s Naze beauty spot. The proposal was given full approval by Tendring Council at a meeting Mrs Miles was unable to attend.
She allegedly left the message, which was played to councillors at the Conservative meeting on Wednesday night, after learning of the decision.
One councillor, who asked not to be named, said: “In the message, Mrs Miles said she would no longer support the party or the cabinet and would abstain or vote against the cabinet at every opportunity.
“The group gave her every opportunity to reconsider the statement, but she refused.”
The vote to expel Mrs Miles from the group was not unanimous – votes were either in favour of expulsion or abstentions.
Mrs Miles is still a member of the district council, but has been removed from the Conservative Group.
She is also still chairman of the Clacton Conservative Association.
The issue has been reported to the district council’s conduct committee, which will examine the situation and decide if any other action is needed.
Mrs Miles declined to comment.
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