The ArgusGodly Green councillor to face internal inquiry (From The Argus)

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    inmegarden wrote:
    @ fredflintstone1
    Do you believe that when B+H Council lobby the Government on an important topic (discrimination) then they are wasting everyone's time? If so, Why?
    As for Cllr Duncan, that is an irrelevance, as he was not deciding Council policy when he made his 'tasteless' joke. I.E. ...when asked by someone on Twitter if he smoked cannabis, councillor Ben Duncan, the party's Home Affairs spokesman, replied:

    "I only smoke weed when I'm murdering, raping and looting! Is the fact that you have a wife admission of your humanity?"
    I simply think the Greens should concentrate on council business, which is what they were elected to do at local level. We have an MP for national lobbying.

    As for Cllr Duncan, you conveniently overlook his support for Smash EDO, a group whose often violent protests have cost this city over £700,000 - with a massive impact on the policing budget. Hardly supporting the interests of the city, is he? Then sitting on the Sussex Police Authority, he winges on about the impact of police cuts!

    His tasteless so-called "joke" to which you refer was discriminatory in the extreme, AND an advocation of sexual violence. He might have apologised afterwards, but he should have been called to account by his party, and removed from the Sussex Police Authority at the very least.

    Contrast his gobbish and yobbish attitude with Cllr Summers' personal turmoil over an issue with her conscience, and compare the Green Party's attitude towards them. I know who I think is the better politician, even if I don't agree with her.

    Does the Greens' treatment of Cllr Summers, compared with Cllr. Duncan's aggressive sexism which passes with any official censure, not indicate that misogny is evidently endemic and thriving within the Green Party?

    Discrimination comes in many guises and I'm afraid that you can't pick and choose as to what is acceptable discrimination. The Greens urgently need to clean up both their act and their party."
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Godly Green councillor to face internal inquiry

The Argus: CONSCIENCE: Christina Summers CONSCIENCE: Christina Summers

A Green councillor who voted against supporting same-sex marriage will |have to defend her actions in front of an internal inquiry.

Every elected member on Brighton and Hove City Council except Christina Summers voted to lobby the Government to lift the ban.

This was despite the Greens being the first mainstream party to advocate making the marriages legal.

Coun Summers, who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer and is a devout Christian, said it was a “conscience decision”.

Phelim MacCafferty, the group’s deputy convenor, said: “Following the recent vote |by Coun Summers on equal marriage, Green councillors met on Monday evening and have requested that the party’s official inquiry process be initiated to ensure a fair, speedy and transparent outcome.

“It is for the inquiry panel to determine if any further action may be needed and it wouldn’t be appropriate to say any more at this stage.”

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