Conservative Group Leader Linda Taylor CC:
“I must admit to being horrified about the news that has come out today. For a senior person to be suspended by his party it surely takes more than one misdirected email, as claimed by Cllr Paynter.”
“It is our understanding that the complaint against Cllr Paynter involved bullying which can never be acceptable and I would ask that full details of the actual complaints against Cllr Paynter are made public.”
“Clearly there is more to come out on this subject but at this stage I would just ask a couple of questions;
- Is the Lib Dem group in Cornwall really so cynical as to think by getting Malcolm Brown to step down as Leader and replacing him with Cllr Paynter only last December, that this would put pressure on their party to not take action against him?
- Will the Lib Dems put a candidate up against Cllr Paynter in May’s elections or will they and the Independent group put nobody up in the hope that Cllr Paynter retains his seat and can be welcomed back into the fold in 12 months’ time as if nothing had happened?
“Bullying is never acceptable under any circumstances and the Lib Dems in Cornwall who knew about this behaviour should hang their heads in shame.”