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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.
In a statement Cornwall Council said it may hold an investigation.
Councillor Dyer has been temporarily suspended from the planning committee.
The leader of Cornwall Council has dubbed Cllr Dyer's comments "totally unacceptable" and says he hopes he will apologise.
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.