Hatfield Tory councillor won't quit

A TORY councillor who has failed to show up at any meetings since November said he is not going to quit. Welwyn Hatfield councillor Paul Smith, who is paid more than �8,400 in allowances, claimed his no-shows were just a blip and said he was still look

A TORY councillor who has failed to show up at any meetings since November said he is not going to quit.

Welwyn Hatfield councillor Paul Smith, who is paid more than �8,400 in allowances, claimed his no-shows were "just a blip" and said he was still looking after the interests of people in his ward.

The 22-year-old represents Hatfield East.

A Freedom of Information request by the WHT revealed Cllr Smith has failed to attend:

*Six planning committee meetings.

*Four full council meetings.

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*One environment and overview scrutiny committee meeting - for which he is paid �3,790 for the role of chairman.

*For Paul Smith's reaction visit www.whtimes24.co.uk later today.