A COUNCILLOR who was booted out of a parish meeting after chaotic scenes unfolded today ranted “I have reason to be angry”.
Pandemonium broke out at a meeting of the Handforth Parish Council after the Chairman told the Clerk that she “has no authority.”
And the meeting descended into chaos as councillors traded insults with Clerk Jackie Weaver ultimately kicking chairman Brian Tolver out of the online room.
He had lashed out at the clerk, telling her “you have no authority here Jackie Weaver, no authority at all” before being booted out in scenes compared to The Thick of It.
The tumultuous meeting has since been viewed more than two million times – which at one point heard an unseen councillor mumbling “f*** off” under their breath.
But Mr Tolver said he did not regret how he acted in the meeting.
He said Ms Weaver – who hosted the Zoom call and removed him from it – was just present as a member of the public and “had no status to speak other than when invited”.
“If you look at the first meeting you will see I have reason to be angry,” he said.
The meeting of the parish council in Cheshire on December 10 marked the second time chair Brian Tolver had been removed, having previously been evicted from the earlier 7pm Planning and Environment Committee.
In the first meeting, Mr Tolver is seen claiming the agenda was “concealed” and, following a series of interjections and claims the meeting was not legitimate, he was eventually removed.
Mr Tolver refused to recognise the legitimacy of both meetings.
He told meeting clerk Ms Weaver, from the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, to “stop talking”, and added: “You have no authority here.”
‘ATTACK ON DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS’
In response, Ms Weaver removed Mr Tolver from the Zoom call and placed him in a virtual waiting room.
Another two councillors were then removed from the call despite one person yelling “read the standing orders”
Mr Tolver said: “I cannot think of any other council meeting anywhere, that was taken over by an unqualified member of the public like this.
“Removing half the councillors from the meeting, denied half of the voters of the village from being represented – it was an appalling attack on their democratic rights.
“This made tensions rise, and that is why voices were raised in the second meeting.
“In the second meeting, I was trying to explain the correct procedure to this lady and say that her actions were way out of order, but she seems to have believed that she could do whatever she chose.”
‘YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY!’
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The videos were posted on Twitter with the caption: “I’ve never missed in person meetings more than i did watching this parish council meeting descend into chaos.”
The clips have gathered a cult following with hundreds of memes being created and one person designing t-shirts with the slogan: “You have no authority here Jackie Weaver.”
One person commented: “I propose we grant Jackie Weaver emergency powers to form a clone army.”