Stafford Conservatives Chairman Duncan Sandbrook has hit out at Theo Clarke’s claims that her failure to be re-selected stems from constituency “unhappiness” with her decision to take maternity leave. After failing to gain the approval of the selection committee on Friday, Theo pledged she would seek to refer the decision to the membership. A move which the Stafford Association chair is “fully supportive of”…
In Stafford Conservatives’ latest newsletter, the Chairman went further:
“Stafford Conservative Association would like to make it unequivocally clear that it fully supports a woman’s right to take maternity leave, and rejects the implication that it, or its members failed to support Ms. Clarke during her maternity leave.”
Duncan added that there was “widespread and long-standing dissatisfaction” with Clarke and that it was “false and abhorrent” to say this was related to maternity leave. Ouch.
Read the full text of the newsletter in full below: