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Plot to de-select Bromley and Chislehurst MP denied

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An alleged plot to de-select Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill has been denied by councillors.

It had been reported that Bromley members had come to blows with Mr Neill over his role as Local Government Minister.

In his ministerial position, Mr Neill has called on all councils to use their reserves to ease the pressure on service cuts and for officers to take pay reductions, both of which have been staunchly refused by Bromley.

The council has around £50million reserves and its chief executive defended his £185,000 salary which is remaining the same, despite £33milllion being slashed from the budget in the next three years.

Bromley Town councillor Will Harmer said: “I fully support Bob Neill. I have a lot of respect for him. I don’t know of any plans to deselect him.

“This is about differences in policy about using our reserves. But we have made our position on that quite clear. We use them to generate income.”

However his fellow ward councillor Diana MacMull refused to comment when asked if she backed Mr Neill.

Mr Neill and council leader Stephen Carr were not available for comment.

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