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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Leader of Kingston council publishes open letter following calls for him to resign

The leader of Kingston Council has spoken out after a petition was set up urging him to resign.

The call was made after a Twitter row broke out on Saturday between Kevin Davis and a 17 year old resident, James Giles.

At a council meeting last week, James had asked whether Mr Davis’s links to developer CNM estates were “a conflict of interest.”

CNM is behind developments including Tolworth Tower and the Gala Bingo Hall in Kingston.

Mr Davis's son has a job with the firm.

Mr Giles accused Mr Davis of slurring him publicly on Twitter, which led to calls for his resignation from members of the public.

Here is the leader's statement in full.

"I am publishing this statement in a personal capacity.

I am a Father first and politician second.

This past weekend my son was used as a political tool to attack me on social media and I reacted in a way that any Father would, I defended my son's right to privacy. In doing that I let my passion get the better of me and I attacked the author.

I did not refuse to answer the question James Giles put to the recent public meeting.

James asked it, but the Chairman of the meeting ruled it as not appropriate to the matter being discussed.

James chose to use Twitter to ask his question when he could have privately emailed me for an answer right from the beginning.

Because of this, others have used his question as a platform for inferring corruption where there is none.

I have been scrupulous in making declarations of interest should they arise.

Despite all that, what I need to acknowledge is that James is also someone's son, and I should not have risen to this attack. For that I apologise.

Returning to the question James asked.

There is never a conflict of interest that prevents a Councillor being a Councillor.

Were I ever to sit on a committee which was taking a decision about any matter pertaining to a company for which a relative of mine worked I would, of course, declare that interest.

If it was a financial interest or there was the appearance of bias, I would withdraw from the meeting.

If there was no financial interest and no appearance of bias, I could stay and vote.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:38 pm  

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