Nearly 90 per cent of Argus readers want the Brighton Council leader to stop

ALMOST 90 percent of Argus readers believe the head of the city council should resign after a condemnatory poll reveals the extent of public outrage against the green politician.

The overwhelming majority of Argus readers want Councilor Phelim Mac Cafferty to resign after he was caught flying to Glasgow to attend COP26 on Friday.

An Argus poll found that a staggering 89 per cent of readers agreed that the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council should quit after the blunder.

The council did not comment yesterday on the future of the leader after receiving a wave of criticism from politicians and citizens.

Cllr Mac Cafferty, head of Brighton and Hove Greens, has apologized for taking a flight of about 1 hour and 20 minutes – and said he had been worried his train could be canceled.

He said: “On the Friday night that had just passed, I took a flight from London to Glasgow to attend COP26, where I had been invited to represent the city at a presentation of the Glasgow Declaration on Saturday morning.

“This decision to fly was a major flaw in my judgment, which goes against the promises and principles of my political group, and I apologize unreservedly.”

Green MP Caroline Lucas was also in Glasgow for the conference, but confirmed to The Argus that she had traveled by train.

Thousands demonstrate in Glasgow

Cllr Mac Cafferty said he had been “concerned about the unreliability of the rail network”, which previously left people struggling to get to COP26.

At the end of last month, operators from the east and west coasts’ main lines discouraged people traveling from London to Glasgow amid storms across the UK.

Cllr Mac Cafferty added: “I reluctantly made this very difficult decision because I was concerned about the unreliability of the rail network following the well-known difficulties experienced by many people who would travel by train to Glasgow the week before when the trains were canceled.

“I was worried that this would happen again and I felt it was important not to miss the opportunity to attend the important presentation on behalf of the city, lobby world leaders and share the innovative work that is taking place in Brighton and Hove with others.

“I paid for my own transport and all the associated costs. I do not get paid for any of the speeches I give or meetings I attend and I otherwise work from Glasgow.

“Transport contributes a large part of CO2 emissions, all significant journeys we make have an effect on our climate. I want to offset the carbon costs of my journey.

“I’m taking my journey home by train. Again, I apologize unreservedly.”

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