CITY Lib Dem leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson believes the appointment of the new deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth was a ‘political coup’ by rival parties.
Lib Dem councillor Sandra Stockdale was put forward as the woman to take up the role, but she failed to win the support of rival parties at yesterday’s mayor-making ceremony.
Instead, Labour put forward one of its own members, Cllr David Horne as its preferred candidate – a move supported by the Conservatives and Ukip.
It meant Cllr Horne was chosen.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘To do a party political coup to remove the deputy Lord Mayor elect and put in someone from a different party is making that role a political one and that is unfortunate.’