CAP rebels fight bid to oust them

TWO rebel opposition councillors have formally issued appeals against attempts to oust them.

Community Action councillors Brian Merry and Claire Daington, who are standing in the local elections next month, were expelled from the party along with colleague Gary Wilkes after the Evening Post revealed they had registered a rival Community Performance First political party.

The Community Action Party is threatening to take legal action if Couns Merry and Daington use its logo or wording in forthcoming election material.

The councillors have now formally appealed and party bosses are in the process of setting a date for the hearing.

Sources say the pair are refusing to go quietly.

Both have resigned membership and office within the new Community Performance First party.

Coun Wilkes of Bryn, has until April 19 to register any appeal but it is believed that he may not take up that option.

In written submissions to be considered at the appeal, the pair will claim that the ruling CAP Executive is bringing the party into disrepute by their actions against them – not the councillors themselves.

They are alleging that the meeting which decided to boot them out wasn't properly conducted.

One member of the executive arrived late, missing much of the evidence, they claim, but still voted to expel them from membership, while complainant, party leader Coun Peter Franzen, shouldn't have been allowed a vote on his own motion.

They accuse CAP of not behaving reasonably or rationally in the face of a "dormant party" which wasn't opposing Community Action or fielding candidates in the election.

And they say their subsequent expulsions mean that the party has made a mockery of its own "contradictory" statement issued to the media that setting up the new Community

Performance First party was merely closing a political loop hole to prevent its use by others at election time.

A spokesman for the Community Action Party would only say: "CAP are not in a position to withdraw election nominations, only individuals can do that.

"As the three people in question have 14 days to appeal – which falls before the election – the appeals process would have to take place before a further comment can be given."

Chairman of the Community Action Party Bill Burrows is known to be keen to act decisively in dealing with the rebel councillors because of the growing and embarrassing political scandal enveloping his party.


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