A Conservative councillor has placed an official complaint to the Conservative party in regards to the ‘bullying’ behaviour he feels he has experienced by the Council leader.
Councillor Perry was referred back to the group to then follow the complaints procedure as this is not a matter for Conservative Central office but for the Conservative Councillors Association.
Councillor Bob Perry from Emerson Park Ward has spoken to the Havering Daily about the incident that pushed Councillor Perry to come out and formally complain against Havering’s council leader Damian White.
Councillor Perry said: “We were at a meeting on January 14th, Councillor White shouted across the room that we all had to go out and go campaigning or we would lose our chairmanship position.
“Someone then stated ‘what happens if you are ill?’. Councillor White responded by saying that they had to bring in a doctor’s note.
“He is a bully and a dictator. I have decided to speak out and go public in the hope that the Conservative Party decide to do something about this.
“We are expected to go out every Monday from 6-8 pm, some people don’t even have the chance to eat.”
Councillor Perry has decided to speak out now as he feels he is tired of being bullied.
“I’m so incensed by all this, this bullying has got out of hand.”
Councillors are paid £7,000 for chairmanship positions and are expected to attend four meetings a year. So far councillor Perry has attended two out of the four.
He continued, “I have refused to go out campaigning as I don’t like the way we are spoken to. It is bullying.“
Councillor Perry has also stated that the leader of the Council, Councillor White was not an elected party leader but an appointed one and was unhappy with the way his leadership had been forced on the party.
In response Councillor White said: “I am not going to comment on an ongoing investigation.”