Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I’ve no regrets says Silvester

A HENLEY councillor who blamed flooding and storms on the legalisation of gay marriage says he is still not sorry after learning that no disciplinary action will be taken against him.

David Silvester said his only regret was the “aggro” for his wife caused by the controversy stirred up by his comments, made in a letter to the Henley Standard in January.

The 74-year-old councillor, then a member of UKIP, accused David Cameron of acting “arrogantly against the Gospel” and causing the nation to be “beset by serious storms and floods” by passing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act.

On Friday, South Oxfordshire District Council revealed that, following a six-month investigation, no action would be taken against Councillor Silvester on 12 complaints made by members of the public. The council said the councillors’ code of conduct did not apply as he was not acting in his capacity as a member of Henley Town Council when he wrote the letter, even though he had signed it “Councillor David Silvester” and he was criticising the Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, which he used to represent.

Cllr Silvester told the Henley Standard that he felt vindicated by the decision and that he stood by the contents of the letter.

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