Monday, 21 August 2017

Anger over mayor vote

THE chairman of Henley Conservatives has criticised the mayoral selection process.

THE chairman of Henley Conservatives has criticised the mayoral selection process.

Peter Hopkins, of Wyndale Close, Henley, is unhappy that his friend, Conservative councillor Lorraine Hillier, was overlooked for the role.

He spoke at last week’s full meeting, calling on councillors to appoint the new mayor based on their achievements rather than on party political lines.

The council voted by a majority for Stefan Gawrysiak, former assistant headteacher of Gillotts School and a member of the ruling Henley Residents’ Group, to succeed Elizabeth Hodgkin.

In a letter to this week’s Standard, Mr Hopkins said: “What encouragement is there for anybody to work for the benefit of the town when their efforts can be so rudely dismissed like this?

“Lorraine has worked very hard for many years and does not deserve to be snubbed and sneered at like this. Other councillors made excellent contributions during the meeting, particularly about Cllr Hillier, but, sadly, party lines prevailed and Lorraine was not elected.”

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