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TORY HOTELIER CALLS FOR DRUNKEN MAYOR INQUIRY

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A hotel owner who barred a mayor and her husband for alleged drunken and abusive behaviour after a town-twinning ce...
A hotel owner who barred a mayor and her husband for alleged drunken and abusive behaviour after a town-twinning ceremony has urged the Conservative Party to investigate the incident.

Ray Hill made his complaint about Jackie Richards after learning that some Burnham & Highbridge Parish Council members 'clapped and cheered' the mayor when she read a prepared statement claiming the whole incident had been greatly exaggerated.

Mr Hill, owner of two of Burnham-on-Sea's more upmarket drinking establishments, claimed Mrs Richards 'began to cause trouble' in the Royal Clarence Hotel last Saturday night. He said door stewards 'discreetly escorted' the couple out.

The next night the couple turned up at another of Mr Hill's hotels and both had 'obviously had far too much to drink'. He said when they were asked to leave Mrs Richards became 'extremely obnoxious'.

Mr Hill, who as a Tory voter allowed the party to hold meetings for free at his hotels, asked the local Conservative Party for assurances the ban would not affect future applications his company might make to the council.

Mrs Richards said in her statement: 'There are always two sides to a story but I do not wish to add to that.'

She thanked those who had sent messages of support and said: 'This incident will not stop me from working just as hard as I always have for the good of the people in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge.'

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