TORY leaders have today called on city councillor Cllr Max Drury to resign after he was found guilty of harassment at Chester Crown Court on Thursday.
The member for Curzon & Westminster, who was also elected to the shadow Cheshire West and Chester Council in May and is managing director of Chester Mobility Centre, could also be expelled from the party.
Max Drury, aged 61, of Clifford Drive, Chester, was found guilty of making threats to former business partner James Meadows and his wife by email, telephone and calling at his Upton home.
Giving evidence in court Mr Meadows told Cllr Drury that he would call the police, to which he heard Cllr Drury respond: “I’m a councillor. They can’t touch me.”
An harassment order was served on Cllr Drury by police officers but he refused to read or to sign it.
PC Mark Hughes said: “He said that as a councillor he should be treated differently to everybody else and that he was above suspicion.”
Ordering Cllr Drury to pay a £350 fine, £600 costs and issuing a two year restraining order, Judge Nicholas Saunders told the court “It’s been a matter of surprise to me that Mr Drury’s reaction was to resort to relying on his status as a councillor in this matter when in reality it had absolutely nothing to do with anything in this case.”
A joint statement issued issued today (Friday, August 1) by the City of Chester Conservative Association and Chester City Council leader Cllr Margaret Parker and Cheshire West and Chester leader Cllr Mike Jones explained that the whip had been withdrawn from Cllr Drury on both authorities.
It said: “The Conservative Whip on both Chester City and Cheshire West and Chester Councils has been withdrawn from Councillor Max Drury.
“Mr Drury has also been asked to resign from the Conservative Party. He is considering his options. Meanwhile a process has now begun to expel him from the party.”
Chester Conservative Association chairman Cllr Brian Crowe believes Cllr Drury’s position following the guilty verdict is untenable.
He said: “Chester Conservatives quite rightly expects its elected members to act and perform to a very high standard.
“It is clear from the judge’s comments and the evidence heard in court that Cllr Drury fell far short of what is expected.”