Comment from retiring Independent councillor Roger Giles on the fact that Councillor Ian Thomas resigned from the Conservative Party on 17 April 2019 but neither he nor the local Conservative Party made this known to the public until yesterday:
“There was, of course, a meeting of the Conservative-run East Devon District Council on 24 April.
The meeting was chaired by Ian Thomas, although he was apparently no longer a member of the Conservative Party.
Nothing was said at the meeting about his changed situation.
I imagine many people at the meeting were unaware of the very strange situation.
I imagine the meeting might have taken a different course had it been generally known.”