UKIP MEP slams council chiefs for 'chaotic' meeting

West Midlands UKIP MEP, Bill Etheridge, has said he was left 'fuming' on Monday night as the full meeting of Dudley Council descended into chaos.

Speaking after Cllr Paul Brothwood, leader of the UKIP group, was removed from the chamber, Mr Etheridge said his group had been "deprived of the time to introduce a motion on the cutting back of trees".

He added: “Once again, we have seen an appalling, disgusting display of cronyism and the worst excesses of the Labour Party. We had two motions put forward, one from UKIP about getting trees cut back in an area where there's a lot of complaints from people.

“Instead, the virtous, socialist, bleeding heart, do-gooder, communist ratbags talked it out to get something passed on gender equality. Cllr Brothwood tried repeatedly to make a point of order as he recognised the text from an article he'd read in the Guardian.

"He was asked three times to sit down by the Labour Mayor, Cllr Dave Tyler, but would not and was ordered from the Chamber."

WATCH: Bill Etheridge reacts to the events in the council chamber on Facebook Live [CAUTION: This video includes language some may find offensive]

The Wordsley councillor initially refused to leave, causing the meeting to be adjourned for twenty minutes. Cllr Brothwood said:

“In essence the Labour group put forward a motion and I recognised the wording of it from an article from The Guardian. I felt there could be copyright issues in place.

"I tried to make the point and the Mayor asked me to leave. I feel that they were trying to silence democracy."

Sarah Norman, Dudley's £165k a year Chief Executive, whose job it is to advise on points of order, stayed silent. Speaking on Social Media, Cllr Pete Lowe, leader of the Labour group, said:

"This is an example of the appalling behaviour we have to put up with [from] Dudley UKIP. Only UKIP could turn a discussion on equality into an issue about themselves! Politics should be better than this."


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