Friday, 10 January 2014
Lib Dem Scandal As Former Councillor Forced Out of Party Over Alleged Impropriety Toward LY Teens.
ANOTHER scandal has rocked the Portsmouth Lib Dems today after a sensational rumour that TBG had heard recently was confirmed. It concerns former councillor David Stephen-Butler who was last night forced to leave the party after allegations that the former Pastor "behaved inappropriately" toward members of the party's youth wing, TBG can exclusively reveal.
TBG was informed sometime ago about allegations, so earlier this week sent an email to Council Leader Gerald Vernon Jackson, but he has snubbed our contact and it seems as though the Lib Dems have had enough.
According to a report by the Portsmouth News political correspondent appearing in today's edition - "A social worker claims that Butler was sending inappropriate Facebook messages to two teenagers who are part of Portsmouth Young Liberal Democrats."
It's understood that, like the claims made toward Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock, they were investigated by Hampshire Constabulary and decided that a criminal offence hadn't taken place so no further action was taken.
According to local reports [link update] - "During the probe Butler was asked not to have any contact with all younger members of the Portsmouth Lib Dems and he has now stepped down from the party in order to distance himself."
The matter has now been referred to the Liberal Democrat Federal Party officers. In a statement issued by Portsmouth Lib Dems last night their Chairman Simon Dodd said - "We understand that a former member of the Liberal Democrats was the subject of a complaint by a social worker in concern with online contact with a member of the Portsmouth Young Lib Dems."
Butler's civil partner, Central Southsea Cllr Phil Smith told local reporters - "There was an investigation by police and social services and the outcome was no further action."
Police say - "No criminal offences were identified."
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