Clobbered by his party colleagues
PAUL Robinson's decision to fall on his sword was inevitable after being clobbered by his own party colleagues earlier this week.
A Labour motion at Wednesday's full East Riding Council meeting questioning the compatibility of his dual roles did not mention him by name.
As such, protocol normally dictates that councillors follow suit.
However, a succession of Conservative speakers stepped up to publicity slap him down.
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Upstairs in the public gallery and unable to take part under similar protocol rules, Cllr Robinson seemed to visibly flinch as each verbal blow rained down.
Support was thin on the ground thanks to his unpopularity within the council's ruling Tory group.
Ever since being implicated in an unsuccessful leadership challenge three years ago, both he and fellow "rebel" Matthew Grove have been given the cold shoulder by their colleagues.
The latter was even sacked from his cabinet seat at County Hall.
Cllr Grove's subsequent election as the region's police and crime commissioner and his decision to appoint Cllr Robinson as his deputy only served to make a parting of the ways even more predictable after finding themselves stuck in a political cul-de-sac.