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    Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
    This lady is facing the same problem as Nick Clegg has been today about a different issue. The fact is you cannot stand for a party and use promises to get elected and then do the opposite to save your own ****.
    Once you get elected, your **** isn't your own and if you don't like the idea of that get your **** out of politics.
    Being a politician is no different from playing for a sports team or working for a company.
    You support it and if you don't you leave.
    Maxwell’s Ghost: On the basis of your logic, would you not then agree that all 5 of the Green planning officers who voted to allow a 1800 sq m destination concrete skate park to be built on The Level’s iconic open green (the ‘Greens’ grassroots heartland no less) should likewise be expelled? After all, if voting against the Green Party’s official ‘party line’ is just cause for expulsion, then here we have a clear cut case of, not just one councillor voting against the general party line, but 5 voting against a key, clearly stated manifesto pledge to protect our open public spaces! Seeing as this new skate park will benefit only a small minority of wheeled sports loving, (mainly) white males btw roughly 15 and 30 yrs, at the expense of just about everyone else in the community, I’d say there’s some fairly obvious ‘Equalities’ issues at stake here along with the environmental concerns. Therefore, Pete West, the Green Environment Cabinet Officer who gave the proposal the nod and his whole hearted endorsement in the first place, should be booted out - along with his ever grinning sidekick Ian Davey who voted in support too. Bill Randall, Lizzy Dean, Jason Kitkat... they’re all in on it as last year’s full council meeting in August proved when the entire party voted against a proposed review on moving the skate park to the open green. Therefore, all BHC Green councillors should be expelled IF we apply your logic..."
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Brighton councillor to appeal expulsion decision

First published in News

A Christian councillor has vowed to appeal a decision to expel her from her party group.

Christina Summers has been banned from sitting with her Green Party colleagues on Brighton and Hove City Council after voting against supporting equal marriage.

The move was confirmed on Monday by the local authority after a majority of Green councillors voted to kick her out of the council group on Monday night.

But Coun Summers, who will remain a party member, last night told The Argus she would be appealing the decision to the national party.

It comes as council leader Jason Kitcat, who resigned from a panel of inquiry to look into her behaviour before the results were issued, said he believed someone in his position should never have sat on it in the first place.

Coun Summers, who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer, said: “I believe it is unjust.

"The whole process has been Machiavellian.

“I will remain as an independent, absolutely, as I have been elected by the voters of Hollingdean and Stanmer.

"I do not believe they elected me solely on an equality ticket.”

The behind-closed-doors decision of the Green group followed the recommendations of an internal party inquiry, which was revealed last week.

Coun Kitcat said: “My resignation was nothing to do with Coun Summers’ actions but was because I came to the realisation that there was a substantial conflict between my role as convenor and my role as panel member.

“As the panel conclusions were decided by a majority, they would have been the same whether I was there or not.”

Speaking on behalf of the Brighton and Hove Green Party, executive member Rob Shepherd said: “The Green Party is committed to treating all our members fairly, so we have a robust process of inquiry, con- clusion and appeal.

“On Monday night, a clear majority of Green councillors chose that Councillor Summers should become an independent councillor, though still a member of the Green Party, so her decision to appeal takes us to the next stage.

“It’s now up to a national body, separate from the local party, to review the matter.”

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