A WORKER councilman has hit back after being expelled from the party.
Councilor Nick Childs, who represents Queen’s Park Borough on Brighton and Hove City Council, said in a statement on Thursday that he had been expelled from the Labor Party.
He said: “The alleged reason is that I liked a Facebook group that appeared to be affiliated with a banned left-wing organization.
“I was not aware of the group, of its existence, and I am certainly not a member or supporter of this or any other faction.”
Cllr Childs will now sit as an independent.
The Argus contacted the Labor Party to confirm the reason for the sacking of Cllr Childs but received no reply.
Cllr Child said he believes “the real reason for my deportation is, I suspect, that I am a democratic socialist and environmentalist who refuses to take the party line when it comes to inequality and climate change and represents my residents “.
Cllr Childs was a Labor Party member for 31 years.
He told The Argus that he is currently abroad but will have further comment on his return.
Brighton and Hove City Council said it would not comment on individual councillors.
“As with any political party represented on the Council, it would be up to the Labor Party Group to inform our chief executive of any change in the status of their councillors,” a council spokesman said.
“If councilors are expelled from a faction, that doesn’t mean they stop being councillors.”
Councilor Anne Pissaridou was also removed from the Labor Party but already sat as an independent councillor.
Cllr Pissarido was reinstated to the Labor Council group just months ago after a previous suspension and is set to seek legal advice. She did not respond to a request for comment.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20604957.brighton-labour-councillor-nick-childs-ousted-party/?ref=rss Brighton Labor Councilor Nick Childs ousted from the party