Councillor Mike Langley (Brislington East), Labour’s lead on the Public Rights of Way and Greens committee, has today issued the following statement in light of the recent High Court decision:
“Bristol’s opposition parties have this week cost the city’s council taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds, with a High Court judge slamming them for ‘erroneous and unlawful’ behaviour in public office.
Despite calls from all Labour councillors on the committee and sound advice from council officers, the Tory ward councillor for the Stoke Lodge playing fields refused to recuse himself from the crucial chair’s position and went on to cast the decisive vote. Backed by the Lib Dems and the Green Party, he has discredited the committee and brought Bristol City Council into disrepute.
I am therefore today calling on Councillors Peter Abraham, Charlie Bolton, and Tim Kent to resign from this council committee and for their parties to not put them forward ever again.”