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Two Tories quit over e-mails

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Two Conservative councillors in Kensington & Chelsea RBC have resigned after police were called in over the content of material they sent over the council e-mail system.

Barry Phelps, who represented Earl’s Court ward, and Mark Daley, from Cremorne ward, quit following a complaint from a resident over messages sent by the former to the latter.

The council said the content had been reported to the police, whose investigation was in progress.

Council leader Sir Merrick Cockell (Con), said: “Both have been dedicated and effective ward councillors. However, once it was established that unacceptable emails had been sent out on the council’s system by one councillor and had gone unchallenged by the other, both decided that they should resign.

“I believe they have reached the right decision in the interests of the council and the wards they represented.”

The Tory website Conservative Home has refused to allow comments on the matter due to its sensitivity.

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