Saturday, 29 June 2013

Council Leader to Contest Claims of Sexually Harassing Male Colleague.

Council Leader Bob Lanzer

The Leader of Crawley Borough Council refutes allegations of sexual harassing a male colleague via text messages and says he will contest the claims.

Tory & Council Leader Bob Lanzer insists he will challenege the allegations that came from 26-year-old Tory Southgate councillor Karl Williamson.

Cllr Williamson said he made the complaint to the Crawley Conservative Association it has now been taken up nationally at Conservative Campaign HQ.

He added: "I can confirm that I have put in a complaint over sexual harassment by text message and verbal conversation.

"I have not spoken with Bob since I made the complaint. He knows I was not happy about it."

UPDATE: The complaint is now part of a police investigation.

[READ] - EXCLUSIVE: Tory Council Could go NOC in Association No Confidence Vote Over 'Persistent Bullying'


Anonymous said...

Why is this man still Leader? If this was a Council employee they would have been suspended pending investigation.

Seems like one rule for the ordinary working folk, but another for politicians.

Anonymous said...

Attraction is not a crime but as leader of the council and an older man shouldn't he have been aware of where this might go and how it might be perceived. Especially when you see loans and promotions seem to be involved. And as an older woman with a toyboy I understand bobs position but think the way he handled it is incompetent.

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Ali Khan said...

Oh No.... This man cant be our leader. This is disgusting.

Maureen Fisher said...

Not sure why Councillor Williamson would go to Conservative Central Office if there was no substance in his claim.

Anyone who actually read the Crawley News would see that Councillor Williamson gave a quote of an alleged text from Councillor Lanzer, now why would he do that if it was untrue and why would Councillor Lanzer send a text saying that?

Duncan Crow said...

Looks to me like a pervert is in our midst. I hope the national papers pick up on this story and expose this Dirty Den of politics.

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Anonymous said...

Is there a reason why this man has not been arrested ? hmmm.... I bet a lot more comes to light about this story.

Crawley Labour Activist said...

We will not stand by and let this continue. For the citizens of Crawley we will be exposing the meltdown in the Tory Party and calling for motion of No Confidence in Bob Lanzer who we believe is on Holiday at the moment while the Council is collapsing.

Anonymous said...

he Crawley Conservative group has been described as being ‘in meltdown’ after a motion of no confidence was tabled against its association’s chairman and deputy chairman.

The motion proposed by Cllr John Denman (Con, Ifield) and seconded by Cllr Howard Bloom (Con, Southgate) is being taken against Crawley Conservative Association chairman chairman Lee Gilroy and deputy chairman Cllr Karl Williamson (Con, Southgate).

Mr Gilroy said out of 110 association members about ‘eight or nine’ people had so far put their names to the motion.

Cllr Williamson, also a cabinet member at Crawley Borough Council, said members had brought the complaint over a new contract from Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ).

He said: “Why would an Special General Meeting be called to remove myself and Lee when all we are doing is implementing a contract on campaigning that CCHQ have told us to do and other associations do?

“The Conservative group is in meltdown.”

Mr Gilroy, a former councillor for Broadfield, said: “I’ve got a wife and a son. I’m just a member of the public and for some reason the councillors think it’s OK to drag me into this.

“We don’t know who is supporting this motion. We want to know who they are.

“Even if they weren’t happy, the only way the chairman can go is if I die or I resign.”

The vote of no confidence in both members will take place at a meeting later this month.

Crawley MP Henry Smith understands it is connected to the Conservative Party’s investigation into Cllr Williamson’s claim that council leader Cllr Bob Lanzer (Con, Pound Hill South and Worth) sexually harased him through text messages and verbal conversation.

Cllr Lanzer is contesting the allegations and has not stepped down as group or council leader.

Mr Smith said: “I have received notice that there is this notice of no confidence that has been tabled.

“There are currently some difficulties being investigated by the national board of the Conservative Party with regards to the Bob Lanzer situation and my understanding is this is connected with that. That’s my surmising.

“It’s the right of members if they are concerned about the chairmanship of the local party that they can challenge that and it will be up to the meeting to determine whether that is passed or not.”

When asked if this was damaging to the Tory Party in Crawley Mr Smith said: “It’s never helpful when there is attention deflected from policy issues and onto personalities rather than politics. It’s not helpful.

“I would far rather everyone’s time and efforts were focussed on delivering policies that are best for the future of Crawley.

“But from time to time, political parties - like any other organisation - do have issues with members within them.

“Due process needs to be thorough and comprehensive but at the same time efficient and it can’t be at the expense of proper due process.

“I think Bob Lanzer has been an excellent leader of Crawley Borough Council.

“He has been transformational. I can’t comment on the allegations against him.”

Cllr Bloom confirmed he and Cllr Denman were tabling the motion, but when asked why he said: “I’m not going to put that in the public domain. It’s an internal thing.”

Cllr Lanzer, who was first elected to Crawley Borough Council in 1988, refused to comment.

Conservative Party Headquarters said the motions of no confidence were a local matter and declined to comment further.

Anonymous said...

To the Labour Party Activist, we the Conservative Members are trying to do the same thing.

Bob is at the LGA conference.

Anonymous said...

Look at the hatred shown by the Deputy Mayor towards young people. I have excluded innocent peoples names to focus on the truth.

Dear George

May I also ask that if you are too young to book a room maybe you should continue to do an excellent job at conservative future and then when you are old enough become more involved with the Crawley Association? Perhaps it is an opportunity for someone who has no positions including Councillor position to become a vice chair and become more involved with party?

Vanessa Cumper
Cllr for West Green
Deputy Mayor of Crawley

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