A ROW has broken out over whether a councillor swore at a council meeting.
An allegation that Ukip representative Chris Wood used two swear words during a planning committee meeting at Fareham Borough Council has been made.
I was watching him after he had said his piece and he was huffing and puffing and getting irate. Then I heard him say the words. I was not the only one.Tory councillor Trevor Cartwright
But Cllr Wood, who is Ukip’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Gosport, strenuously denies that he swore and claims that it is a Tory smear campaign targeting him because of his party and his age. He is 25.
Tory councillor Trevor Cartwright, who was sitting on the committee at the meeting, said he definitely heard him swear and saw him act inappropriately when permission was granted for a new road into Daedalus – which Cllr Wood was against.
Cllr Cartwright said: ‘I put the complaint in.
‘Cllr Wood gave a deputation which was very negative.
‘I was watching him after he had said his piece and he was huffing and puffing and getting irate.
‘Then I heard him say the words. I was not the only one.
‘This is not the Tories trying to get at Ukip – it is about councillors behaving as we are supposed to do.’
Cllr Wood was sitting in the public gallery when the alleged incident happened, which Cllr Cartwright said could bring the council into disrepute as the public could have heard, as could the press and others who were sitting nearby.
But Cllr Wood said that this was another example of how much scrutiny Ukip councillors are under.
He said: ‘This is a witch hunt, it really is. It’s absolutely appalling.
‘And the decision they made was appalling. They did not listen to the public and all they can do is claim I said two words, which I did not.’
Cllr Wood, who also represents Crofton on Hampshire County Council, said that the Tories were running scared from Ukip.
He said: ‘They are fishing through every single thing they possibly can do.
‘They are attacking a 25-year-old who is standing for parliament and they are scared as they have absolutely no idea what to do.
‘It’s an absolute nonsense. This is the level they are stooping to.’
Cllr Wood apologised for muttering under his breath but said he felt passionately about the decision.
Council leader Sean Woodward said that the matter would be investigated fully.