Labour leader calls for all Green group councillors to resign their council seats after Green rebels fail to unseat their leader

Besi Besemar May 23, 2013

Cllr Warren Morgan
Cllr Warren Morgan

Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of the Labour and Co-operative group on Brighton & Hove Council has revealed he was approached by a spokesperson for a rebel group of Green councillors yesterday asking for support in removing the present Council Leader, Cllr Jason Kitcat as Council Leader at todays Annual Council Meeting.

Leader of Council, Cllr Jason Kitcat
Leader of Council, Cllr Jason Kitcat

Cllr Morgan says that almost half the Green group have asked Labour to propose Green councillor for Brunswick & Adelaide ward and Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Phelim McCafferty to replace Councillor Kitcat at today’s Annual Council meeting.

Councillor Morgan has refused to involve the Labour group in Green infighting.

He said:

“The Green Party in Brighton and Hove is now irrevocably split. To ask an opposition group to help oust their Party leader and choose a new one is utterly desperate and absurd.

The Greens cannot now reasonably expect to run the city council.

“Residents need a council leadership which can sort out the mess in the town hall and clear up the mess on our streets. If they cannot work together, I call on members of the Green group to resign their seats on the council, and give residents the chance to elect Labour councillors who will put the interests of residents and the city before petty party political infighting.”  

Cllr Alex Phillips
Cllr Alex Phillips

Cllr Morgan has published a screen shot from his twitter account of a discussion yesterday with the Green Councillor for Goldsmid Ward, Alex Phillips. Cllr Philips reveals the rebel Greens were 2 votes short of ousting Cllr Kitcat at todays Annual Council Meeting and asks if Labour would propose Cllr Phelim McCaffery as new leader.

The Labour and Cooperative Group have justified circulating the screen shot as they “believe this to be in the public interest”.