Search

Deputy leader slams Romford Tory for turning up to full council two hours late

07:00 04 March 2014

Cllr White makes his way to his seat.

Cllr White makes his way to his seat.

Archant

Tensions ran high at the town hall as the deputy council leader hit out at the deputy chairman of the Romford Conservatives Association - who arrived more than two hours late to the meeting.

During the general debate section, Cllr Michael Armstrong (Conservative, Pettits), who has been deselected ahead of the May elections, took aim at Cllr Damian White (Conservative, Hylands) and the Tory association, as he turned his attention to becoming a voter.

He “guaranteed” the group would not be capable of producing a “calm and collected budget” if they were to dominate the next administration, due to the money they have “wasted” in their group.

He then blasted the then absent Cllr White.

He said: “It is very interesting that Damian has stood here and declared he is going to take over the authority and yet where is he? He can’t even turn up to our budget meeting. It’s a disgrace.”

Twenty-five minutes later, at about 9.45pm, Cllr White entered the meeting, which started at 7.30pm - in time to vote on the budget and special responsiblity allowance proposals.

Cllr Armstrong claimed it was “not a coincidence” that Cllr White turned up shortly after his speech, believing he had been watching on the webcast, and also accused him of “looking for an argument” afterwards.

“He came up and said something outside, but I am a grown man,” he said. “I just think he’s not interested in the council or the impact on residents.

“The electorate voted him in to service them and in my view he is not doing that.”

Speaking to the Recorder, Cllr White denied there was any argument and explained he had turned up late due to illness.

He said: “Unfortunately I had a chest infection, I have had pneumonia twice and I did not want to risk getting it for a third time.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:31
Dennis Kutyauripo, 22, says he

The older brother of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death by his former friend, has said he “feels sorry” for the killer.

Yesterday, 15:01
Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, was murdered in Woodford Bridge. Photo: @MostAuthentic

A 17-year-old boy was today convicted of stabbing his former friend to death outside a birthday party, just over a year after the incident.

Yesterday, 17:00
From left, Havering Council's head of clinical practice Dave Tapsell, director of children's services  Tim Aldridge, and Robert South head of care resources

Despite Ofsted inspectors rating a vulnerable children’s service as requiring improvement, its department head remains optimistic.

Yesterday, 16:50
A man was robbed at knifepoint earlier today outside Tesco Extra, Rainham. Picture: Havering MPS Twitter

A man is in police custody after a male was robbed at knifepoint.

Yesterday, 16:11
Diana award winner Kieran Goodwin in his home

This week, Romford’s Kieran Goodwin, chief executive of youth charity World Youth Organisation (WYO) which celebrated its first anniversary, picked his top 10 all-time favourite tunes.

Yesterday, 14:30
Harry and some of the toys he donated with Michelle Fitzgibbons and the mascot of Romford Shopping Hall, Roary.

An 87-year-old avid stamp collector and a big ‘Dulux’ dog were to thank for a big bundle of toys being donated to children in hospital.

Yesterday, 13:05
More than 40,000 trees will be planted across London. Picture: PA.

Havering is set to benefit from an influx of 250 trees as part of plans to make London one of the greenest cities in the world.

Yesterday, 12:00
Picture taken on the top floor of the leisure centre where the ice rink will be.

With two housing zones and plenty more going on in Havering this year, the Recorder has compiled a list of some of the developments due to take shape over the coming months.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now