Portsmouth Lib Dem councillor resigns from party

Councillor Eleanor Scott
Councillor Eleanor Scott
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LIB Dem Portsmouth councillor Eleanor Scott this morning announced her resignation live on the radio.

Cllr Scott, who represents the Fratton ward, revealed her resignation from the Lib Dems while speaking live on BBC Radio Solent.

She said the reason for quitting was over the inadequacy of an internal review into the party, as well as the way she has been treated by the Lib Dems.

‘As of today I am resigning from the Liberal Democrat party,’ she told the radio station.

‘I am done, I have done my bit.

‘This review, is not the review I was led to believe I was going to see.

As reported, Cllr Scott quit the local Lib Dem party after the group voted to keep former councillor Mike Hancock in his cabinet job.

Cllr Scott had hoped a review would encourage others to speak out.

She added: ‘This has been difficult for me, it’s been very stressful over the last few years.

‘It’s been five months since I resigned from the group and the cabinet and I’ve seen no significant movement at all in terms of the Lib Dems analysing and understanding themselves.

‘I’m done, I have done my bit. That’s not to say I won’t carry on trying to uncover the truth.

‘I will co-operate with any genuine review, inquiry or investigation but it won’t be as a Lib Dem member.

‘The way I’ve been treated – it’s crossed the line.’

She added she feels let down that the review is a routine one that is set up after Lib Dems lose control of a council.

Speaking to The News, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of the Lib Dem group at Portsmouth City Council, said he was disappointed Cllr Scott had quit.

He said: ‘I didn’t expect her to come back.

‘I’m disappointed that the day somebody is here to listen to her view she’s decided to walk away instead.

‘I’m disappointed that somebody I’ve worked with for many years (has left).

‘She’s done her jobs in the cabinet well.’

He added Cllr Scott’s view was not shared by others.

As reported, the city council is due to spend £5,000 on a review into an alleged bullying culture at the authority.