Last Wednesday, Horsham District Council’s vice-chairman Christian Mitchell was stripped of his chairman-elect role in an unprecedented vote by Tory colleagues.
He said he had paid the price for articulating his residents’ concerns about plans to dump thousands of homes in North Horsham.
Some senior colleagues were outraged by his treatment.
Former leader Liz Kitchen said she was ‘absolutely appalled’ while deputy chairman of the Conservative Association John Bailey thought it ‘grossly unfair’.
And now you can make up your mind.
Writing exclusively in the County Times newspaper Mr Mitchell tells his full story of the past six months.
Of his alleged discovery of ‘fake letters’ about the housing consultation;
Of his ‘trial’ by Conservative colleagues behind closed doors into his campaigning over the housing plans;
And of the day his leader Ray Dawe wrote to him last September to say: ‘I am not willing to support any nomination for you as Council Chairman next year. I will over the weekend be deciding on an email that I will be sending to the HDC Conservative Group about this matter.’
In a special article, Mr Dawe also outlines his views on the chairman row - saying there are more important matters to focus on, like the freezing of council tax.
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