I have been following the schools admissions debate with interest, though our children walked to Dorothy Stringer in the Eighties.

However, the action of the ruling Labour party of Brighton and Hove City Council is typical - you dismiss the councillor who does not support the proposal and therefore is likely to cause the vote to be lost.

This is not democratic but the behaviour is probably not unexpected.

No way can Brighton and Hove City Council approve the new allocation of school places based on the casting vote of the chair, who was not neutral and the replacement of a councillor with one who supports the "party" line.

The issue clearly does not have the support of the committee and the issue should be reconsidered.

John Golds
Green Ridge, Brighton