Thanet Council Labour Group Leader Cllr. Clive Hart has written today to Thanet District Council (TDC) Leader Cllr. Bob Bayford's Cabinet member Cllr. Chris Wells. I understand Thanet District Council Leader Bob Bayford is aware of this ongoing abusive behaviour and considers it to be acceptable conduct.
Clive Hart writes...
"Dear Cllr Wells,
I write to you on a serious matter that for the past two weeks I have tried to raise in a diplomatic manner through your Conservative Group Leader and Deputy Leader. Unfortunately they appear either unable or unwilling to deal with you concerning this particular issue.
The fact is, we in the Labour Group can easily deal with the regular stream of throw-away comments you make regarding serious decisions at TDC, such as at the last council meeting where on one costly financial matter you clearly stated 'lets make this decision now and look at the detail later'.
We also have no problem dealing with the contradictory statements you make such as at the last TDC cabinet meeting where you supported giving away what is currently open green space (used by local children) for free to a developer for them to build on and around the same time you reportedly spoke on local radio about the problems of child obesity.
These kinds of comments are all part of the political process and we are more than happy to respond through that process.
Unfortunately, your are also well known for making nasty, appalling and outrageous comments in public. More recently these have included calling some residents of Thanet "inbreds" during a council meeting and also calling our Labour Shadow Cabinet a "mutual masturbation society". I find that kind of language disgusting and completely unnecessary and I believe most decent people in Thanet would too.
Now I have had it brought to my attention that you recently posted a comment through a local weblog on the world wide web that included the words "senior local labour members who have had restraining orders, or are said to be a little handy with their fists at home when they are frustrated and upset".
As Labour Group Leader I cannot ignore such derogatory comments and you can be assured that if I believed they were in any way true I would deal with the matter immediately.
I sincerely hope you agree these are extremely serious allegations. As a group we could use the standards process to deal with your comments. However, as an individual I have never used the standards process, despite on several occasions having good reason, and as Labour Group Leader I will not be drawn into wasting local rate-payers money to deal with your nasty outbursts (though I can't rule out others feeling differently on this matter and taking such action).
I therefore demand that you retract this latest appalling accusation and make a full public apology!
I also request that you keep such nasty personal thoughts to yourself and please try to temper your language in future.
Cllr Clive Hart - Labour Group Leader.
Please note: As you made all the comments I have referred to above in public I will also be making this communication public.