Senior Liberal Democrat ordered to apologise after Independent storms out of council meeting
A senior Liberal Democrat councillor was ordered out of a meeting to apologise to a rival politician after she marched from the room during a heated spat today.
Lincolnshire Independent Helen Powell had been asking Lincolnshire County Council officers a series of questions about adult social care before former Lib Dem leader John Marriott criticised her line of questioning.
He told her she should send her questions to the officers on email.
Councillor Powell, who represents Bourne Castle on the authority, snapped, raised her voice and said: “I am sorry but every single meeting I have been in, this gentleman has picked on me.
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“I am only asking questions and I have had enough of it.”
As councillor Marriott went to respond , cllr Powell stormed out of the meeting.
Chairman of the adults scrutiny committee Hugo Marfleet, a Conservative councillor, told cllr Marriott to “stop scrapping” with cllr Powell.
Vice chairman Rosie Kirk, a Labour councillor, then ordered the long-serving Hykeham Forum councillor to leave the meeting and apologise to her.
Standing up, an angry cllr Marriott replied: “I was not scrapping or looking for a fight. I was just making a point. Her questions can be put to officers in an email.”
Cllr Marriott eventually left the meeting to apologise before returning 10 minutes later.
Cllr Powell returned to the meeting half an hour later before taking her seat next to the Liberal Democrat.
Chairman Hugo Marfleet concluded: “Welcome back Helen. Perhaps next time you can bring a stick or a stiletto to the meeting and hit him under the table.”