Entire Conservative group walks out of Redbridge Council meeting

PUBLISHED: 11:14 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:07 20 September 2016

Empty seats after the Conservative party walk out of a Redbridge council meeting. Photo: The Labour Party.

Empty seats after the Conservative party walk out of a Redbridge council meeting. Photo: The Labour Party.


The leader of the council is seeking legal advice after the entire Conservative group walked out of a Redbridge Council meeting last night.

The situation arose after Conservative group leader Cllr Paul Canal entered a motion in the agenda prior to the meeting.

He wrote that the council declined a Mayor of London £2.7million grant for 60 supported living complexes for elderly people in Loxford Lane.

“Council expresses surprise and regret that due to an abject and lamentable failure to progress this scheme over the last two years, Redbridge has had to decline this £2.7m grant,” his motion read.

“Council apologises to the over 100 elderly people who would have benefitted from this scheme, and now will not do so.

“Council further apologises to the residents of Redbridge for the increased financial burden the borough will now suffer as a result of this failure.”

Before the meeting, held at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, Cllr Canal withdrew this motion, which was seconded by his deputy Cllr Michelle Dunn.

When the Labour party introduced another motion welcoming the withdrawal and correcting “days of misleading and inaccurate information”, the entire Conservative party walked out in protest.

Cllr Canal said the move of motion was an “abuse of process” and his party have “too much respect” for the borough to stay in the chamber.

Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Bond didn’t agree with Cllr Athwal’s actions and said to him: “Normally I have respect for you.

“You should be ashamed of yourself. Not a proud night for your administration.”

See more in Thursday’s Recorder.

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