The local Conservatives published the following on Facebook an hour ago:
“It is with regret that we announce the Conservative Group held a unanimous Vote of No Confidence in the leadership of Cllr Richard Brooks, for failing to uphold the highest levels of integrity consistent with being a Conservative Councillor. Cllr Alan McClafferty has now been elected our Conservative Group Leader.
Unfortunately, subsequent to Cllr Brooks leaving, Charlotte Morley took the decision to resign as Deputy Leader. We thank her for her service as Deputy Leader and Finance portfolio holder.
Cllr Alan McClafferty said “Although this is a challenging time for the Council, the Conservatives are committed to ensuring a culture of transparency and cooperation within SHBC””
You know, sometimes local Conservatives accuse the Eye of being mischievous. They have selective vision. On the 3rd of August last year, responding to the saga of the Chief Executive’s ‘pay award’, we wrote to ALL councillors, saying:
“I have watched the council’s affairs for perhaps sixteen years, first as the chair of the Camberley Society, and more recently as the Camberley Eye. I cannot remember any event during those years that has brought the council into such widespread disrepute….”
We made several suggestions, including:
“..the current Leader was the deputy of the previous Leader for years. This suggests that they held the same views on many matters. The new Leader MUST make it clear that they disown the action of their predecessor as far as the pay award is concerned, otherwise it would be reasonable to conclude that they support it. (It would be a surprising breakdown in communication if the previous deputy did not know what their principal was doing.) But I believe that the Leader has been mute, so far, about what has happened. This is unwise.
“I suggest that the above be done openly, honestly, quickly and very visibly.”
Our advice has been ignored for nearly six months. As a result, the Conservatives have done more harm to their reputation – and to the council’s reputation – than the Eye could possibly do. As we wrote to councillors back in August “The damage that has been done is long term”