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  • "Maxwell’s Ghost: I couldn’t agree with your sentiments more. Unfortunately, the only way to stop the new skate park being built on The Level is via a judicial review (and there are no rich folk falling over themselves’ to provide the cash to protect a public space used mainly by Brighton’s poor –so I guess that rules that option out!)
    Turning The Level into a giant skate bowl for the benefit of ‘skate boarding aficionados’ is one Green disaster that has yet to happen, and COULD be prevented IF there was the political will to stop it, but there isn’t. Instead, the proposal has had general cross party support with Labour, and the Conservatives, smoothing the way for the Greens by providing next to no opposition at all. My guess is it more than suits Labour and the Conservatives to sacrifice The Level as it’ll give both parties a nice big visible concrete stick to beat the Greens with come the next elections (by which stage the damage will be done.) The only other conceivable way this plan would be stopped in its tracks is if there was a big enough public backlash against it. But again, it seems that one lone Green councillor going against the official party line generates a great deal more excitement than an entire batch of Green councillors doing the exact same thing. And, in the case of the latter, the party lines crossed are a great deal clearer cut than the former! As for Caroline Lucas, when it comes to the destruction of one of Brighton’s last open green urban spaces, she’ll do sweet FA as she fully backed her councillors over their support for this proposal as well! Personally, I too can’t wait to see the back of the Greens. Then again, the other two parties have proved almost as hypocritical on this issue, so it’s hard to welcome the idea of either party being back in the council driving seat!"
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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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