Cllr Wayne Ronayne wishes it to be known, that whilst he was in company with a group of family and friends post the Mayor Making ceremony on Wednesday last week, he was neither drunk, abusive or threatening to any one at any time. Furthermore, he did not witness any abusive or threatening behaviour by any of those who were in his company. Wayne has secured a witness statement of the events of the entire evening and has submitted a request in writing for an appeal against the 6 month ban imposed by Pub Watch.
– Spokesperson for Wayne Ronayne
In regard to the Mayoress, Paula Carter, Cllr Ronayne states that he will not allow her to be the focus of further allegations which may be subjective.
There are calls tonight for the Mayor of Gosport to resign after he was banned from the town's pubs just hours after taking office. Tory Councillor, Wayne Ronayne, was in a group asked to leave The Star in the High Street following the mayor-making ceremony.
The organisation Pubwatch says the mayor has been banned from the town's pubs for six months. The Mayoress, Paula Carter, has been banned for a year.
The Mayor says he was neither drunk nor abusive and he's appealing the ban. But Lib Dems on the council are calling for resignations.