Berwick MP ‘horrified’ by press secretary’s behaviour

Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Georgina Hill
Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Georgina Hill

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has accepted the resignation of her press secretary.

She said she was ‘horrified’ by the behaviour of Georgina Hill at a heated meeting of Rothbury Parish Council last Wednesday to which police were called - and her subsequent comments on social media.

It came just days after she was formally censured by Berwick Town Council and removed from her role as chairman of finance.

And last month she was judged to be a bully by a Northumberland County Council standards committee which deemed that she failed to comply with four aspects of the town council’s Code of Conduct.

In her resignation letter, she said: “Last Wednesday, I attended a Rothbury Parish Council meeting.

“This meeting became highly charged, and I became embroiled in the heated discussions after being shocked at suggestions that the “law was an ass” for allowing members of the public to attend meetings, that certain individuals should be excluded and the attempts to intimidate and belittle a member of the Rothbury community (as well as the small group from Berwick) for seeking to participate in the democratic process and scrutinise the use of public money.

“After the meeting, I posted an ill-judged and intemperate comment on social media. There was absolutely no intention to cause offence but I sincerely apologise to residents of Rothbury, as well as to yourself, for the insensitively of this remark and any offence caused.”

Read the full resignation letter, click here.

A statement released by Mrs Trevelyan said: “Georgina Hill, a member of my staff, resigned following her ill-advised behaviour and lack of judgement at Rothbury Parish Council meeting last week, and her deeply offensive comments on Facebook.

“I do not condone in any way her comments and was horrified that a member of my staff behaved in such a way. I have accepted Miss Hill’s resignation with immediate effect.”