Town's Tories in fury at mayor

PUBLISHED: 10:50 15 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

ANGRY Conservative councillors are planning a no-confidence vote against their mayor after she figured in a high-profile resignation from the party.

ANGRY Conservative councillors are planning a no-confidence vote against their mayor after she figured in a high-profile resignation from the party.

They claim she has brought the mayoralty into disrepute by "politicising" the office as a result of her dramatic departure from the Tory camp.

Earlier this week Sudbury mayor Dee Braham cut up her Conservative membership card as a protest for not being given a vote in the party's national leadership election.

A week previously she had also been reported on the issue, when she also appeared in a television interview during which she wore her mayoral chain.

She has since written to all 15 fellow members of the town council apologising for wearing her regalia during the interview.

Her departure from the party means there are now only four Tories left on the town council, and two of them say they are planning a no confidence vote against Mrs Braham following her second round of publicity this week.

Immediate ex mayor Ray Smith and fellow councillor John Sayers have notified the town clerk they aim to put forward the motion at Tuesday's full council meeting.

Mr Smith said he had accepted Mrs Braham's initial apology in good faith, but felt her continued publicity on the issue was breaking with tradition by "politicising" the position of mayor.

"I am still working on the exact wording of the motion, and will be handing to the town clerk on Monday," added Mr Smith.

Mrs Braham said: "I accept I should not have worn the chain in the television interview and have apologised to fellow members. I see no reason for people to complain about anything I have done since. In fact, my immediate response is 'How dare they?'. I think their attitude is ridiculous, and we will have to see what other members feel."

Last night Elizabeth Wiles, who has now been joined in the Independent ranks of the council by Mrs Braham, said: "I feel this criticism is very unkind and silly. It smacks of sour grapes, and I don't believe Mrs Braham should be attacked in such a manner.

"She is proving to be a good mayor, bringing fresh ideas to the position and generally being a uniting force within the council. She is doing a good job, and I cannot imagine the majority of the council will have anything to do with any vote of no confidence."

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