Councillor causes controversy with comments about women

A Cornwall Councillor has caused controversy after telling a meeting, 'if a lady says perhaps, she means yes'.

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Controversial councillor apologises for comments

A Cornwall Councillor has apologised after using a controversial saying about women during a council meeting.

Councillor John Dyer said to the Strategic Planning Committee meeting "I'm very fond of the old saying that if a lady says no, she means perhaps, if a lady says perhaps she means yes, but if a lady says yes she's no lady."

Councillor Dyer says he was expressing his frustration at one third of a 400 page planning agenda being dropped from discussions at the last minute, and didn't mean to cause offence.

I obviously regret and will apologise for making the comment but it was in the heat of the moment. I thought it was a lighthearted way of moving things on and I didn't expect it to cause this level of furore, but it has so for that I apologise.

– Councillor John Dyer

In a statement Cornwall Council said it may hold an investigation.

Councillor Dyer has been temporarily suspended from the planning committee.

Council leader dubs comments as 'totally unacceptable'

The leader of Cornwall Council has dubbed Cllr Dyer's comments "totally unacceptable" and says he hopes he will apologise.

The comments from Councillor Dyer are totally unacceptable and are inconsistent with the standards expected of a Cornwall Councillor. I hope that Councillor Dyer will now apologise for his remarks.

I understand that an investigation into this matter could be carried out by the Council’s Monitoring Officer under the authority’s Code of Conduct procedure.

– John Pollard, Cornwall Council Leader

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Councillor causes controversy with comments about women

A Cornwall Councillor has caused controversy after telling a meeting, 'if a lady says perhaps, she means yes'.

72-year-old John Dyer made the comments while expressing his frustration at agenda items being dropped at short noticed.

He told the strategic planning meeting: "I'm very fond of the old saying that if a lady says no she means perhaps, if a lady says perhaps she means yes, but if a lady says yes, she's no lady."

The meeting was streamed live on Cornwall Council's website.

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