A Tory who caused outrage by suggesting that gypsy travellers should be “executed” has quit as a councillor. Alan Mellins — who made the comment to shocked colleagues and staff in the middle of a planning scrutiny meeting — issued the following statement:
“It was never my intention to cause offence. The remark was irresponsible and ill conceived, and I would like to confirm that the comment categorically does not reflect my personal views in any way.
“In the circumstances I have tendered my resignation as a local councillor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with immediate effect.”
Mellins remains suspended from the Conservative Party pending disciplinary proceedings.
The row has cost him at least £7,255 pa in council allowances.