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  • "We may disagree with Cllr Summers but unlike some of her party colleagues we should respect her right to speak and vote as she did on a matter of conscience.
    She represents a significant element of popular opinion and any action taken against her will rebound on her party.
    Comments on Scrapper Duncan's blog give a few clues about tolerance in the Green party - or rather intolerance."
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Godly Green councillor to face internal inquiry

Godly Green councillor to face internal inquiry

CONSCIENCE: Christina Summers

CONSCIENCE: Christina Summers

First published in News

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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