Party delay ‘nothing to do with complaint’

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THE Portsmouth Lib Dems have delayed their selection process for local elections next year.

Councillor Eleanor Scott, who is up for election in the city’s Fratton ward next year, was originally told she would have to decide this week if she would stand for the city party, of which she is a member.

She wrote a letter to party officials telling them she wouldn’t be comfortable doing that until a review into its procedures is carried out.

As reported, the national Lib Dems has ordered a review into the Portsmouth party and council group on the back of complaints Cllr Scott made about the behaviour of members.

Simon Dodd, chairman of Portsmouth Liberal Democrats, has said that in the interests of democracy, the selection process would not be delayed by a couple of weeks in order to process the ‘overwhelming’ number of applications received from prospective candidates for all of the city’s 14 wards.

He insisted the delay had nothing to do with Cllr Scott’s concerns.

Cllr Scott quit the Lib Dem council group earlier this year over its handling of the Mike Hancock scandal, but is still a member of the party.