Councillor consults lawyers after expulsion from Brighton Green group

The Argus: Brighton and Hove city councillor Christina Summers Brighton and Hove city councillor Christina Summers

A Christian councillor is consulting lawyers about a human rights claim after losing an appeal against expulsion her from her group.

Christina Summers was banned from sitting with her Green Party colleagues on Brighton and Hove City Council in September after voting against a proposal to lift the ban on same-sex marriage.

The decision, which was approved by 13 of the city’s 23 Green councillors, was upheld by a panel of senior members of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Coun Summers, who now represents Hollingdean and Stanmer as an independent, received notification of the letter yesterday.

She told The Argus: “Disappointed? In every way. Surprised? No. I am now consulting with lawyers over a fundamental breach of a human right and will be issuing a full statement soon.”

The original decision to expel her was taken in September after an internal inquiry by Brighton and Hove Green party.

At the centre of its inquiry was a vote in July where the local authority’s councillors were asked if they supported a motion to lobby the Government on changing the law.

Coun Summers was the only member to vote against the proposal.

A Green Party spokesman confirmed yesterday’s ruling did not affect Coun Summers’ membership of the party.

Rob Shepherd, chairman of Brighton and Hove Green Party, said: “We welcome the conclusion of Christina Summers’ appeal, which has upheld the findings of the original inquiry panel.”

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12:50pm Tue 20 Nov 12

mimseycal says...

When you are acting as a councillor, you are standing for all the electorate and not just those who happen to belong to your chosen religious views.

Now this caring socially responsible individual, wasting resources that, according to her own party we cannot afford, to make a personal point about a personal point.

Bad enough we have political ideologies to content with, when it comes to religious views ... it just makes it even more of a shambles.

Like it or not, a city needs a practical approach to ensure it functions and not a double helping of whatever the flavour of the month happens to be.

Shame on you!
When you are acting as a councillor, you are standing for all the electorate and not just those who happen to belong to your chosen religious views. Now this caring socially responsible individual, wasting resources that, according to her own party we cannot afford, to make a personal point about a personal point. Bad enough we have political ideologies to content with, when it comes to religious views ... it just makes it even more of a shambles. Like it or not, a city needs a practical approach to ensure it functions and not a double helping of whatever the flavour of the month happens to be. Shame on you! mimseycal

12:55pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Martha Gunn says...

So the Christian obscurantism of Ms. Summers does battle with the Greenthink/Greenspea
k gobbledegook of Comrade Shepherd. For the rest of us all we can do is stand aside and marvel at the delicious discomfort of this ridiculous Green Party.
So the Christian obscurantism of Ms. Summers does battle with the Greenthink/Greenspea k gobbledegook of Comrade Shepherd. For the rest of us all we can do is stand aside and marvel at the delicious discomfort of this ridiculous Green Party. Martha Gunn

1:13pm Tue 20 Nov 12

mnairb says...

As the issue of gay marriages is a national rather than local one, whether she votes for or against does not matter one way or the other. What is of more concern is why council time and council taxpayers money is being wasted on an issue that will be decided in Parliament not by Brighton and Hove (City) Council.

As for Green councillors voting, I have read in the Argus comments that Councillor Anja Kitcat left the chamber early and therefore did not vote for the motion and was held to have abstained. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It appears to be the best kept secret in town
As the issue of gay marriages is a national rather than local one, whether she votes for or against does not matter one way or the other. What is of more concern is why council time and council taxpayers money is being wasted on an issue that will be decided in Parliament not by Brighton and Hove (City) Council. As for Green councillors voting, I have read in the Argus comments that Councillor Anja Kitcat left the chamber early and therefore did not vote for the motion and was held to have abstained. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It appears to be the best kept secret in town mnairb

1:22pm Tue 20 Nov 12

mimseycal says...

Voting records of elected representatives in this council aren't recorded as a matter of course. You could look at the minutes of the relevant meeting and if the voting was recorded and provided an abstaining councillor did not object to the abstention being recorded, you may get lucky. Otherwise ... your guess is as good as mine ;)
Voting records of elected representatives in this council aren't recorded as a matter of course. You could look at the minutes of the relevant meeting and if the voting was recorded and provided an abstaining councillor did not object to the abstention being recorded, you may get lucky. Otherwise ... your guess is as good as mine ;) mimseycal

2:08pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Sarah Booker Lewis says...

mnairb wrote:
As the issue of gay marriages is a national rather than local one, whether she votes for or against does not matter one way or the other. What is of more concern is why council time and council taxpayers money is being wasted on an issue that will be decided in Parliament not by Brighton and Hove (City) Council.

As for Green councillors voting, I have read in the Argus comments that Councillor Anja Kitcat left the chamber early and therefore did not vote for the motion and was held to have abstained. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It appears to be the best kept secret in town
Details are in this article: http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/9947570.R
evealed__the_Green_c
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_to_expel_Christina_
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[quote][p][bold]mnairb[/bold] wrote: As the issue of gay marriages is a national rather than local one, whether she votes for or against does not matter one way or the other. What is of more concern is why council time and council taxpayers money is being wasted on an issue that will be decided in Parliament not by Brighton and Hove (City) Council. As for Green councillors voting, I have read in the Argus comments that Councillor Anja Kitcat left the chamber early and therefore did not vote for the motion and was held to have abstained. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It appears to be the best kept secret in town[/p][/quote]Details are in this article: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/9947570.R evealed__the_Green_c ouncillors_who_voted _to_expel_Christina_ Summers/ Sarah Booker Lewis

2:14pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Point says...

UNBELIAVABLE SO THE GREEN PARTY, NATIONALLY NOW ARE SAYING VOTE AGAINST PARTY LINES AND YOU ARE OUT.
DEMOCRASY GONE....Last week the COSERVATIVES IN PARLIAMENT HAD A SPLIT VOTE OVER PAYING MORE TO EUROPE, NOT UNDER THE GREENS REMINDS ME MORE LIKE THE CHINA VOTE.
UNBELIAVABLE SO THE GREEN PARTY, NATIONALLY NOW ARE SAYING VOTE AGAINST PARTY LINES AND YOU ARE OUT. DEMOCRASY GONE....Last week the COSERVATIVES IN PARLIAMENT HAD A SPLIT VOTE OVER PAYING MORE TO EUROPE, NOT UNDER THE GREENS REMINDS ME MORE LIKE THE CHINA VOTE. Point

2:20pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Morpheus says...

Is it a human right to belong to a political party that doesn't agree with your views?
Is it a human right to belong to a political party that doesn't agree with your views? Morpheus

2:52pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Morpheus wrote:
Is it a human right to belong to a political party that doesn't agree with your views?
Indeed. Although I don't agree with the way Ms Summers was 'booted out' (my words) of the local Greens I don't think it's a Human Rights issue. She must have known the Greens were a load of narrow-minded, intolerant, control-freak numpties when she joined them.
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: Is it a human right to belong to a political party that doesn't agree with your views?[/p][/quote]Indeed. Although I don't agree with the way Ms Summers was 'booted out' (my words) of the local Greens I don't think it's a Human Rights issue. She must have known the Greens were a load of narrow-minded, intolerant, control-freak numpties when she joined them. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit

3:11pm Tue 20 Nov 12

mnairb says...

Sarah Booker Lewis wrote:
mnairb wrote: As the issue of gay marriages is a national rather than local one, whether she votes for or against does not matter one way or the other. What is of more concern is why council time and council taxpayers money is being wasted on an issue that will be decided in Parliament not by Brighton and Hove (City) Council. As for Green councillors voting, I have read in the Argus comments that Councillor Anja Kitcat left the chamber early and therefore did not vote for the motion and was held to have abstained. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It appears to be the best kept secret in town
Details are in this article: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/9947570.R evealed__the_Green_c ouncillors_who_voted _to_expel_Christina_ Summers/
Sarah, you misunderstood me, I am interested in finding out which councillors (of all parties) voted for the original motion on gay marriage.
[quote][p][bold]Sarah Booker Lewis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mnairb[/bold] wrote: As the issue of gay marriages is a national rather than local one, whether she votes for or against does not matter one way or the other. What is of more concern is why council time and council taxpayers money is being wasted on an issue that will be decided in Parliament not by Brighton and Hove (City) Council. As for Green councillors voting, I have read in the Argus comments that Councillor Anja Kitcat left the chamber early and therefore did not vote for the motion and was held to have abstained. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It appears to be the best kept secret in town[/p][/quote]Details are in this article: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/9947570.R evealed__the_Green_c ouncillors_who_voted _to_expel_Christina_ Summers/[/p][/quote]Sarah, you misunderstood me, I am interested in finding out which councillors (of all parties) voted for the original motion on gay marriage. mnairb

3:27pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Sarah Booker Lewis says...

mnairb wrote:
Sarah Booker Lewis wrote:
mnairb wrote: As the issue of gay marriages is a national rather than local one, whether she votes for or against does not matter one way or the other. What is of more concern is why council time and council taxpayers money is being wasted on an issue that will be decided in Parliament not by Brighton and Hove (City) Council. As for Green councillors voting, I have read in the Argus comments that Councillor Anja Kitcat left the chamber early and therefore did not vote for the motion and was held to have abstained. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It appears to be the best kept secret in town
Details are in this article: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/9947570.R evealed__the_Green_c ouncillors_who_voted _to_expel_Christina_ Summers/
Sarah, you misunderstood me, I am interested in finding out which councillors (of all parties) voted for the original motion on gay marriage.
Our reports at the time say it was unanimous. I will check with Tim Ridgway on his return.
[quote][p][bold]mnairb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sarah Booker Lewis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mnairb[/bold] wrote: As the issue of gay marriages is a national rather than local one, whether she votes for or against does not matter one way or the other. What is of more concern is why council time and council taxpayers money is being wasted on an issue that will be decided in Parliament not by Brighton and Hove (City) Council. As for Green councillors voting, I have read in the Argus comments that Councillor Anja Kitcat left the chamber early and therefore did not vote for the motion and was held to have abstained. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It appears to be the best kept secret in town[/p][/quote]Details are in this article: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/9947570.R evealed__the_Green_c ouncillors_who_voted _to_expel_Christina_ Summers/[/p][/quote]Sarah, you misunderstood me, I am interested in finding out which councillors (of all parties) voted for the original motion on gay marriage.[/p][/quote]Our reports at the time say it was unanimous. I will check with Tim Ridgway on his return. Sarah Booker Lewis

3:41pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Cyril Bolleaux says...

Good for Christina Summers. I fully support her action.
Good for Christina Summers. I fully support her action. Cyril Bolleaux

5:44pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The Greens were elected for being generally a harmless group of middle-class people with some nice eco values tagged on. The electorate thought they would make a nice change from the established parties.
However, once elected, a number of them started focusing on their own personal agendas leaving the electorate feeling completely cheated as well as baffled.
I am not sure whether they are right wing or left wing, all I know is that the party is in utter dissaray with a couple of loose cannons such as ben Duncan behaving in the most discgraceful way.
Now we have this lady focusing on herself instead of the electorate's challenges.
Christina, the Greens are finished locally, so I suggest you make the most of being an outcast, go Independent and work hard as a ward councillor, it's your only chance of being re-elected because everyone you come across in the city, are terrified of what your green colleagues will do next to destroy the city. I didn't vote for them, but I certainly didn't think they could be any worse than labour or the Tories, but they are.
The Greens were elected for being generally a harmless group of middle-class people with some nice eco values tagged on. The electorate thought they would make a nice change from the established parties. However, once elected, a number of them started focusing on their own personal agendas leaving the electorate feeling completely cheated as well as baffled. I am not sure whether they are right wing or left wing, all I know is that the party is in utter dissaray with a couple of loose cannons such as ben Duncan behaving in the most discgraceful way. Now we have this lady focusing on herself instead of the electorate's challenges. Christina, the Greens are finished locally, so I suggest you make the most of being an outcast, go Independent and work hard as a ward councillor, it's your only chance of being re-elected because everyone you come across in the city, are terrified of what your green colleagues will do next to destroy the city. I didn't vote for them, but I certainly didn't think they could be any worse than labour or the Tories, but they are. Maxwell's Ghost

5:51pm Tue 20 Nov 12

ruberducker says...

one less idiot making our town a misery.all this fuss becuase she dosent agree with one of the greens policy's??
I DONT AGREE WITH ALL OF THEM.
1.travellers
2.cycle lanes.
to many to list,she talks to an imaginary friend for guidence and then gets the hump for it.
one less idiot making our town a misery.all this fuss becuase she dosent agree with one of the greens policy's?? I DONT AGREE WITH ALL OF THEM. 1.travellers 2.cycle lanes. to many to list,she talks to an imaginary friend for guidence and then gets the hump for it. ruberducker

7:57pm Tue 20 Nov 12

JHunty says...

I dont usually get involved in this sort of thing but didnt Jason Kitkats wife leave just before the vote, just so she didnt have to vote? Isnt that just as bad? After all it falls within the arena of not supporting gay marriage.
Perhaps the real issue is that Christina supported the anti abortion demos and despite what Ben Duncan would have us believe about Brighton being a centre for protest, what Ben Duncan really thinks is that you only have the right to protest about what he wants you to protest about, and of course you only have the right to free speech if Ben Duncan agrees with what you have to say.
I abhor the anti abortion demos, but unlike the Greens I truly believe in a persons right to demonstrate and protest, whereas the Greens only support the right to protest when they agree with what you are protesting about.
I dont usually get involved in this sort of thing but didnt Jason Kitkats wife leave just before the vote, just so she didnt have to vote? Isnt that just as bad? After all it falls within the arena of not supporting gay marriage. Perhaps the real issue is that Christina supported the anti abortion demos and despite what Ben Duncan would have us believe about Brighton being a centre for protest, what Ben Duncan really thinks is that you only have the right to protest about what he wants you to protest about, and of course you only have the right to free speech if Ben Duncan agrees with what you have to say. I abhor the anti abortion demos, but unlike the Greens I truly believe in a persons right to demonstrate and protest, whereas the Greens only support the right to protest when they agree with what you are protesting about. JHunty

8:20pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

If I was her I would be grateful to be labelled "independent" people might forget she ever was a Green.

However, doing this just underlines she is as barmy as he rest of them - presumably she still has a death wish as far as the next election is concerned !
If I was her I would be grateful to be labelled "independent" people might forget she ever was a Green. However, doing this just underlines she is as barmy as he rest of them - presumably she still has a death wish as far as the next election is concerned ! Idontbelieveit1948

9:03pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

The problem with Christians is they are so blooming ugly.

The principles of the faith are OK and if people want to pray and all that malarky, then fine. But you wouldn't want to have jiggy jiggy with a Christian bird would you?
The problem with Christians is they are so blooming ugly. The principles of the faith are OK and if people want to pray and all that malarky, then fine. But you wouldn't want to have jiggy jiggy with a Christian bird would you? Algeria Touchshriek

9:59pm Tue 20 Nov 12

leobrighton says...

Evil christian
Evil christian leobrighton

12:23am Wed 21 Nov 12

qm says...

Algeria Touchshriek wrote:
The problem with Christians is they are so blooming ugly.

The principles of the faith are OK and if people want to pray and all that malarky, then fine. But you wouldn't want to have jiggy jiggy with a Christian bird would you?
You are so far out of order that any comment would not do justice but I am sure your God/Creator does not smile upon you for that! Absolute disgrace!
[quote][p][bold]Algeria Touchshriek[/bold] wrote: The problem with Christians is they are so blooming ugly. The principles of the faith are OK and if people want to pray and all that malarky, then fine. But you wouldn't want to have jiggy jiggy with a Christian bird would you?[/p][/quote]You are so far out of order that any comment would not do justice but I am sure your God/Creator does not smile upon you for that! Absolute disgrace! qm

10:53am Wed 21 Nov 12

thucydides says...

Perhaps she should get a woman bishop to advocate her case - being as how christian churches are so inclusive..........
Perhaps she should get a woman bishop to advocate her case - being as how christian churches are so inclusive.......... thucydides

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