PHOTO IN CANNABIS CAFE FANS CALL FOR RESIGNATION

 

Source: The News, Portsmouth, UK

Pub Date: Tuesday, 9 March 2004

Subj: Photo in cannabis cafe fans calls for resignation

Author: Paul Foster paul.foster@thenews.co.uk

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PHOTO IN CANNABIS CAFE FANS CALL FOR RESIGNATION

 

GOSPORT'S Lib Dem leader Councillor Mike Russell is facing calls to stand down after a picture of him in a cannabis cafe was published.

 

The image shows Cllr Russell, at the first anniversary celebrations of a cannabis cafe in Worthing, West Sussex, being embraced by supporters of the legalisation of cannabis.

 

Leesland councillor Peter Chegwyn said he would quit the Lib Dem group if Cllr Russell stayed on as leader following in the footsteps of Leesland Cllr Dave Smith and Privett Cllr Keith Gill, who have also resigned.

 

Peter Chegwyn said: 'I find it amusing he's trying to cling on. The party is doomed all the time he remains as leader.

 

Cllr Russell admitted people were openly taking cannabis, but added that he did not condone drug taking.

 

'I'm the leader and I have the confidence of seven members of my group.

 

'I have no intention of resigning or stepping down.'

 

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