Councillor who called disability campaigners ‘selfish’ reinstated on Conservative group
PUBLISHED: 18:26 01 November 2019 | UPDATED: 18:26 01 November 2019
A councillor who called disability campaigners “selfish” has been reinstated as a member of the county’s Conservative group.
Mrs Stone told Judith and Nick Taylor, who have a son with Down's Syndrome, and have campaigned against care cost changes brought in by the council, that they were "selfish as to believe your needs are greater than the rest of the population".
She also described the meetings of the Disability Norfolk Networking Group (DNNG), founded by the couple, as "biased and lacking credibility".
A report from a sub-committee hearing, on Tuesday, October 22, stated: "Your email was offensive and caused offence to a large group of people.
"It is unacceptable for a councillor to communicate in the terms used in your email."
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But at a meeting of the Conservative group on Friday, November 1, Mrs Stone was readmitted to the party group.
Council leader Andrew Proctor confirmed Mrs Stone had apologised for her actions.
He said: "An independent investigation had been carried out that concluded that group rules had been breached and that Mrs Stone should be censured as to her conduct. The group and Mrs Stone accepted that conclusion and following Mrs Stone's apology and confirmation that no further breach would occur she was readmitted to the group."
But Mrs Taylor said Mrs Stone's reinstatement was "very disappointing", while Mr Taylor added: "We do believe she meant what she said."
Labour group leader Steve Morphew blasted Mrs Stone's reinstatement, and said: "Most people were expecting resignation from the council rather than reinstatement to the Tory group, so this is shocking news.
"Anybody who has been so discredited by their behaviour is never going to show councillors in a good light.
"The honourable thing to do is resign from the council."
We approached Mrs Stone for comment.