Labour suspends Lord Mayor of York who ‘wanted council to lay on her Christmas lunch’

Coun Sonja Crisp
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LABOUR has suspended the Lord Mayor of York while an investigation into her conduct is carried out.

The investigation is believed to relate to a cache of emails apparently showing the Lord Mayor, Coun Sonja Crisp, complaining about the facilities available to her while the city's Mansion House undergoes a major refurbishment.

Coun Crisp is reported to have asked council officials to provide an alternative accommodation for her family's Christmas lunch.

It has also been reported Coun Crisp suggested she would have turned down the chance to be Lord Mayor if she had known the Mansion House would be out of action.

Earlier this year, it was reported Coun Crisp had threatened to cancel engagements unless her official chains were re-gilded.

A Yorkshire and Humber Labour Party spokesman said: “Sonja Crisp has been suspended by the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

The Labour Party is understood to be looking at whether she has brought the party into disrepute.