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  • "ARealBessie I do think they should be expelled but as their party has not done this we will have to wait until the election for the electorate to expel them.
    The party has made grave mistakes from day one of taking office and that has been a series of broken promises.
    Not only that, the party got elected on an Eco manifesto by nice middle class people who like middle of the road safe politics, and what we got was a mush mash of right and left wing politics from councillors tweeting that a faith school was a cult, making rape jokes, EDO and squatter and traveller supporters to this latest issue. I cannot think of a community which has not been angered, let down or alienated. It's like the dying days of the Thatcher Government.
    I didn't vote Green but have some nice middle class sweet friends who did who have since said they would never, ever have voted this way had they realised that actually they were a band of extremist with a different agenda.
    Get the Level planning application into appeal and to the planning inspector long enough got the next election to happen and get it kicked out.
    It's the same with the stupid plan to close two lanes on the Lewes Road. Unnecessary wasted money which will just push traffic over the top road and down through Elm Grove, Freshfield and Hanover as it does if the Lewes Road is ever congested.
    Caroline Lucas needs to intervene and shake the party up because they have no chance of being re elected and her seat is also under threat."
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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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