Scrutiny panel chief urged to keep his post

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A UKIP councillor has urged the former head of Portsmouth City Council’s scrutiny committee to think again after he stepped down over the Ashya King affair.

Councillor Alicia Denny said she wanted Tory councillor Alastair Thompson to remain chairman of the committee.

Cllr Thompson resigned earlier this week after claiming the council’s chief executive, David Williams, had blocked an investigation into the council’s actions concerning five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya, of Southsea.

In an open letter to Cllr Thompson, Cllr Denny said: ‘I would urge you to reconsider your resignation of the chairmanship.

‘This is legitimate council business and requires a strong leader, such as yourself, to see it through.’