'Demoted for principles': Councillor's claim after losing chairmanship of action team
AN EAST Riding councillor says the decision to remove him as chairman of a local action team was "predictable".
Councillor Paul Robinson lost his post as chairman of the Goole and Howdenshire Local Action Team (LAT), in a shake-up of the ruling Tory group at County Hall, overseen by leader Steve Parnaby.
'PREDICTABLE DECISION': Councillor Paul Robinson. Picture: Sean Stewart.
The Howdenshire ward councillor was associated with moves to oust Mr Parnaby as leader last year.
He was also critical of an early retirement pension pay-out to former council director Sue Lockwood.
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He said: "I have not heard it from anyone that I have been removed for lack of effort, hard work or commitment, and I do not believe I have been removed for any of these reasons.
"I am not alone in being removed from a position of responsibility within the council – three of my close colleagues have suffered the same fate for what appears to be similar reasons. Most know me as a very principled councillor.
"I believe I have been removed from the post for standing up for those principles, particularly around the issues of early retirement for senior officers, and supporting the Conservative Party and Howdenshire residents on a number of issues, which were not in tune with the thinking of the leader of the council."
Former cabinet portfolio holders Matthew Grove and Ros Jump also lost their positions in the re-shuffle last week.
Mr Robinson said he still supported Mr Parnaby as leader of the council, despite being demoted.
"I'm feeling quite philosophical about all this. To lose the Goole and Howdenshire LAT Chairmanship is sad, and I'm sure has nothing to do with what I have achieved, but under the circumstances was to be expected, and predictable.
"At the end of the day it is the leader of the council that has the power to appoint councillors to cabinet posts, committee places, and chairmanships, and he also has the power to remove them."
Mr Parnaby said those given positions of responsibility in new line-up were there "on merit".