There has been much speculation as to whether and when Panama resident Cllr. Stephen Broadhurst (pictured) has resigned from Thanet District Council. I am advised that a written resignation letter was received by Thanet District Council on Friday and that this asks for a resignation date of 30th September.
Working in politics I am a keen student of elections. My understanding is that this letter may be incorrect. Resignations are normally effective from the date of the letter. Now allowing for the letter having to travel from Panama a post dated resignation is to say the least questionable.
My Labour colleagues we will be looking at Electoral Law to see if this "resignation" is legitimate. There is one thing that could be done to improve matters. Why do the Conservative Group on Thanet Council not take disciplinary action against Cllr. Broadhurst and suspend/expel him? Why do they tolerate this situation? Are there any circumstances in which they will take disciplinary action against one of their own?
Surely being uncontactable by constituents for a further month after several previous months of the same and still wanting to receive hundreds of pounds is reason enough to do something?