UK: Tory Councillor for 'Panama' resigns
Another Conservative scandal hits Kent headline news, this time it's the turn of Cllr Stephen Broadhurst.
Just how many councillors spend more time in another part of the world, than in their own ward? This story is bizarre.
"Conservative councillor has resigned after it emerged he spends much of his time more than 5,000 miles away from his ward.
The Isle of Thanet Gazette’s sister paper the Thanet Times told last month how Stephen Broadhurst, a Thanet councillor for Dane Valley in Margate, had been asked by Tory party whip Ted Watt-Ruffell to consider his position because of the amount of time he spent looking after his business interests in Panama.
On Tuesday, deputy council leader of the council Roger Latchford confirmed that the party’s leadership had received Cllr Broadhurst’s letter of resignation.
Cllr Latchford said: “He is resigning now that it is confirmed that he will have more permanent business situation in Panama."
and then the paper goes on to say, that he attended a meeting but apparently there this was 'an error':
"The news comes in the same week that a Thanet council spokesman confirmed an administrative error by a secretary had meant Cllr Broadhurst had been marked as in attendance at a full council meeting this year, when in fact he was absent."