Top Tory quits council chamber with legal threat to party colleagues
Published: 27 Mar 2012 19:0025 comments
Cllt Chowdhary, who was deselected by Reading East Tories last autumn to prevent him standing for re-election in Peppard ward this May, was given permission by the Mayor Deborah Edwards to speak before the start of tonight's full council meeting at the Civic Centre.
Sounding highly emotional Cllr Chowdhary expressed disappointment at the conduct of senior colleagues and Reading East Tory MP Rob Wilson since the decision to deselect him was taken.
He told the council he plans to sue members of the local Conservative Party but did not name names, before leaving the chamber to a standing ovation from Labour and Green party members and his Peppard ward Tory colleague Mark Ralph, with the rest of the Conservatives remaining silently in their seats.
Full story in Thursday's Chronicle.