By Laurice Laird
A former Lambeth mayor has been suspended from the borough’s Liberal Democrat group.
After being suspended last night, Cllr Clive Bennett today resigned over his support for the demolition of sheltered housing in Streatham.
Clive Bennett, councillor for St. Leonard’s ward, recently expressed his support for plans to close down the Glebe sheltered housing unit. In a recent full council meeting Cllr Bennett voted against his own party by supporting the demolition.
A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said: “Following Clive Bennett’s policy differences with the local Lib Dems, he has been suspended from the group pending further discussions. Liberal Democrats in Lambeth do not support the demolition of sheltered housing.”
The spokesperson told Brixton Blog that Cllr Bennett resigned from Lambeth Liberal Democrats this morning after hearing news of his suspension.
When contacted by the Brixton Blog, Cllr Bennett denied having been suspended.
He said: “I’ll make my views known in the fullness of time. As far as i’m concerned, I’ve been pursuing my own arrangements.”
Sheltered housing schemes aim to promote and encourage individuals to live independently within the community.