|No Show: Deputy Tory Leader didn't turn up to fight his corner|
TBG can exclusively report back from last nights Full Council meeting at crisis hit Crawley Borough Council.
A sweltering evening saw a packed public gallery with much anticipation among the spectators who were eagerly awaiting the evening's entertainment.
The first shock of the evening saw gasps from the public gallery as it was announced that under-fire 'No Confidence' Deputy Chairman Political, Cllr Karl Williamson, would not be attending the meeting, tbg can reveal.
The atmosphere was electric at public question time, which soon turned to outrage as a question about the chaos in the town's Conservatives was ruled out of order by the Mayor. A shouting match ensued which resulted in a burly council security guard removing the microphone from the member of the public who tried to ask the question.
More sparks flew as Labour councillors lined up to use an agenda item on substitute members on committees, as a vehicle to lay into the absence of Conservative councillors at meetings. Councillor Ian Irvine (Labour) finished a fiery attack by blasting that "Councillors should be attending meetings rather than dining at the Giggling Squid!"
It is, however, not known if Cllr Williamson's absence this time was due to having another dinner at Crawley's upmarket Thai restaurant, whose menu includes succulent Roast Duck slices on deluxe Baby Leaf Canapes, with a menu description that you can "drizzle the spicy dressing all you want over it."