Saturday, 21 July 2018

Complainant brands gay row councillor inquiry ‘whitewash’

TWO women who complained about comments made by a Henley town councillor about gay marriage say they are disappointed that he won’t face disciplinary action.

Sarah Butcher called the investigation into David Silvester’s comments a “whitewash” and Vanessa Hoare said she was “not surprised” at the result.

They were among 12 people who complained to the town council about the comments made by Councillor Silvester in a letter to the Henley Standard in January.

The 74-year-old 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.

South Oxfordshire District Council carried out a six-month investigation before deciding that no action should be taken against Cllr Silvester.It said the councillors’ code of conduct did not apply as he was not acting in his capacity as a member of the town council, even though he had signed his letter “Councillor David Silvester”.

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