30 January 2008
Council leader faces threat of libel action
A council leader is facing a potential libel claim from a colleague, the South Wales Evening Post reports.
Chris Holley of Swansea Council is accused by fellow councillor Ray Welsby of falsely suggesting he allowed a computer belonging to the authority to be used by someone outside it.
A solicitor's letter was sent to Mr Holley on behalf of Mr Welsby giving him two weeks in which to "apologise or face a libel action".
In a recent development, however, Mr Welsby stated: "I'm instructing for proceedings to be taken against him for libel. The 14 days are up."
He claims that the allegations made against him concerning the computer were an attempt to prevent him standing at the next election and that the claims were "politically motivated".
Swansea Council, which is currently controlled by the Liberal Democrats, consists of 72 councillors and represents 36 electoral wards.