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    HJarrs wrote:
    This is a difficult one to judge. The Argus is notoriosly unreliable, but based on their coverage it seems the party would have been bound to act in some way. Permanent expulsion would seem to be on the harsh side, a temporary withdrawl of the whip may have been more proportionate. Mind you it is very unusual for a party to stick by its values when not in a comfortable majority.

    I was reminiscing about my time in Brent under the Tories in the 90s and their desperation to stay in power with a council majority of one; a regime propped up by dodgy practice, dodgy councillors, favours and who's curruption was raised in parliament. It was an embarrassing joke; Bob Blackman the council leader is now a Tory MP! (http://bobblackmanm makes very interesting reading).
    Come on Jarrs, you know as a Green supporter that they have no Whip so can't withdraw it. The most bizarre element of their decision is that Kitkat (and his non-voting, missus) have expelled Summers from the Green Councillors Group but not the party. i.e. she has been expelled from the elite but they are happy to take her tainted gay-hating annual subscription fee as a party member as long as she remains with the powerless party Worker-Ant Proles. If they really believe she is anti-gay then surely she should be expelled from the party. I appreciate that the panel does not have the power to expel her from the party but they could have a made a recommendation that she be expelled. The panel (with KitKat's admitted input in terms of a conversation about sanctions, although he bottled it from being a member of the panel) have tried to steer a spin doctor influenced middle line to avoid alienating faith groups and the lbgt community. In fact by allowing her to remain a member of the party they have alienated both. The message being that she can't be in the elite of councillors because of her 'predjudice' but is still a party member (so we accept Christians). But by allowing her to remain a member of the party they are saying to the lgbt community that they are prepared to accept such predjudice within their ranks. Talk about shooting yourself in both feet!"
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Christian Brighton and Hove councillor kicked out over same-sex marriage stance claims she was intimidated

Christian councillor kicked out over same-sex marriage stance claims she was intimidated

Christian councillor kicked out over same-sex marriage stance claims she was intimidated

First published in News

A Christian councillor who voted against supporting same-sex marriage claimed she has been intimated by Green party members over her stance.

Yesterday we revealed how Christina Summers is to be expelled from sitting with her colleagues on Brighton and Hove City Council after voting against supporting the policy in a town hall meeting earlier this year.

The decision was taken after an internal inquiry by Brighton and Hove Green Party ruled she had breached an agreement made before she stood as a candidate to “uphold and advance the values of equality for all people”.

When approached by The Argus with the decision, Coun Summers, who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer ward, said she was “crestfallen” by the decision which, if officially ratified by a number of Green councillors, will leave her as the only independent councillor on the local authority.

She said she had received intimidating emails from Green Party members before and after the council meeting for taking the “decision of conscience”.

Coun Summers said: “I have been waiting for weeks for my colleagues to make a clear and public decision.

“They have no idea how much I have been wanting to say to them and how many emails, blogs and tweets from the wider party membership I wanted to refute and respond to. But there is a time to speak and a time to be silent.

“In view of the Green Party’s own special interpretation of equality, my expulsion from the Green Group of councillors should not, in the end, come as a surprise.

“Nonetheless I can’t help but feel crestfallen.

“After at least two intimate years of campaigning and then serving together in administration, my own colleagues, who should know me well by now, have chosen to believe a lie.

“Party policy, however vague, is sovereign.”


The vote came after the local authority’s councillors were asked if they supported a motion to lobby the Government on changing the law at a meeting in July.

Coun Summers was the only member to vote against the proposal. This is despite the Greens being the first party nationally to supportthe idea of lifting the ban on same-sex marriage taking place through a civil ceremony.

Coun Summers, who is a devout Christian, told The Argus after the vote she did not agree that “disagreeing with same-sex marriage was disagreeing with equality”.

She added: “I’m accountable to God above any political party.”

The Brighton and Hove Green Party, which does not have a whip for its councillors, maintained the panel’s decision announced on Monday was not an issue of free speech or religion but about the candidate agreement.

Coun Summers said yesterday: “Anyone would have signed that agreement.

Who does not believe in promoting equality? I’m quite heartbroken as I’m Green in every other way.

“Whether I remain as a councillor or not remains to be seen.

“I was voted in by the residents of Hollingdean and Stanmer and I refuse to believe they voted me in specifically on equality and particularly as interpreted by the Green Party of Brighton and Hove.”


Responding to claims about intimidation from Green members, Rob Shepherd, of the Brighton and Hove Green Party, said: “The party has never said anything negative about Christina.

“Particularly in the early stages there were some people who said things which I would not want to be associated with.

“The issue is that, just as Christina has complete freedom of speech, so do other party members, providing it is within the law.”

Colleagues of Coun Summers were quick to give their view on the issue.

Conservative group leader Geoffrey Theobald said: “Rather than wasting all their time on internal squabbling, the Greens should be getting on with running this city, talking to businesses and sorting out the mess that their parking charges have created for example.

“I’m afraid this episode is just a symptom of the wider lack of political direction at the top of the Green Party.”

Labour group leader Gill Mitchell said: “This is an internal Green Party matter.”

Conservative councillor Dawn Barnett said: “God doesn’t pay his debts in money; he pays it in mysterious ways.

“This will come back and haunt the Green group.

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