Former Bideford mayor Andy Powell storms out of council meeting
A Bideford Town Councillor and former mayor of the town stormed out of a town council meeting last night - the fourth time he has left a meeting during his ten years as councillor.
Councillor Andy Powell left the full council meeting, which was held in the council chamber at Bideford Town Hall, about an hour after it had started.
The disruption occurred after Mr Powell felt he had been insulted by Councillor David Brenton.
Mr Powell had asked Duncan Withall, a guest speaker at the meeting from the Bideford Food Bank, whether there were enough measures in place to ensure the services the food bank provide are not taken advantage of.
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He said he could imagine some of those going to the food bank might have spent all their benefit income on alcohol and tobacco and then go to the food bank claiming they have no money.
Mr Withall gave reassurance that there are measures in place to ensure the type of situation described by Mr Powell doesn't happen.
But while Mr Powell made his comments Councillor Annie Brenton shouted out: "Shame, shame."
Once Mr Powell had finished Mr Brenton stood up and said: "The undeserving poor is not a term I want to hear in this chamber again."
But before Mr Brenton said anymore Mr Powell leapt up and said: "Right, I know exactly where that is directed. That is absolutely it, I am sorry I'm leaving." He then stormed out.
Mr Brenton added: "Well that is the fourth time Councillor Powell has thrown his toys out of the pram and stormed out of this chamber."