Cllr Driver Forces Suspension of Council Meeting - Press Release

Cllr Jo Gideon
Chairman of the Transeuropa Debt Review Task & Finish Group
Chairman of Overview & Scrutiny, Thanet District Council

The meeting of the Transeuropa Debt Review Task & Finish Group had to be suspended and then postponed this evening due to the utterly unacceptable and disrespectful behaviour of Cllr Ian Driver. Chairman of the meeting and of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel, Cllr Jo Gideon, commented:

“Cllr Driver has had every opportunity to take an active part in scrutinising this issue. It was his decision to stand down from the Transeuropa Debt Review Task & Finish Group.  Tonight, he turned up with a clear aim of being thrown out for bad behaviour. He got his wish. However, he will not succeed in destroying democracy in Thanet. 

Cllr Driver succeeded in wasting everyone’s time, but the meeting has only been postponed not cancelled, because bad behaviour cannot dictate how we conduct our business. We are committed to act in the public interest and not be bullied by Cllr Driver whose sole purpose seems to be to disrupt and disrespect this council.”

Following the closure of the meeting, three of the Group Leaders who had been present, Cllr Clive Hart, Cllr Bob Bayford and Cllr Jack Cohen, all expressed their profound disappointment that Cllr Driver was yet again holding the democratic process to ransom and wasting enormous amounts of taxpayers’ money.

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