Devon Tory "councillor for hire" suspended after planning boasts
A Tory councillor in Devon has been suspended after being
caught on camera boasting about his ability to secure planning permission "at
the right price".
East Devon councillor Graham Brown told undercover reporters
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posing as overseas investors he had "access to all the right people for the
right clients" and "If I can't get planning, nobody will."
Conservative leader Paul Diviani said Brown had "brought himself, the party and council into disrepute with his
comments" and would "no longer be welcome" in the party.
Coun Brown, who was removed as Member Champion for Business
and Tourism, admitted being "embarrassed" by the video and "shocked" by the
subsequent action of his party.
However, he refused to step down as member for Feniton and
Buckerell, despite calls for his resignation, claiming he had done nothing
wrong and was "taken out of context".
"I am definitely not going to resign though I can understand
people being upset," he said. "I was turned over… I have been duped in what was
an act of entrapment."
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