Low attendance rate revealed for Fareham councillor who took job in Saudi Arabia

Cllr Paul Whittle
Cllr Paul Whittle
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A COUNCILLOR who has come under fire for taking a job 4,000 miles away has the lowest attendance rate on his council, records show.

Councillor Paul Whittle, who represents Fareham East on Fareham Borough Council and is the Lib Dem opposition leader, has missed six out of 14 meetings since February, figures released by the council revealed.

As reported, Cllr Whittle faced criticism after he took a job advertised at £180,000 a year as director of contracts at Colleges of Excellence in Saudi Arabia two weeks before he was re-elected in May.

The ruling Tory party questioned his ability to represent his residents and fulfil his role of opposition leader while juggling the responsibilities.

Council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘He has to think about his residents, think about the council and give someone else a chance. I wish him all the best but it is time to move on.’

Cllr Whittle attended 57 per cent of meetings, the lowest rate on the whole council.

Second lowest attendee was independent Nick Gregory at 66 per cent, who runs his own business, and Tory Kay Mandry at 70 per cent who has suffered illness.

Cllr Whittle was unavailable for comment when contacted by The News.