A Devon County Councillor who has been a victim of sexual violence said it was ‘disgusting’ she had to share a council chamber with a man accused of sexually harassing staff.

Councillor Caroline Chugg said she would adjourn the meeting if Cllr Brennan did not sit down.Councillor Caroline Chugg said she would adjourn the meeting if Cllr Brennan did not sit down.

Councillor Emma Brennan was speaking on an agenda item about bus services at the full council meeting yesterday (Thursday) when she put her hand up and said ‘me too’.

The Heavitree and Whipton Barton Labour councillor spoke up against Councillor Brian Greenslade, who has been censured for claims of sexual harrassment against female council staff.

Councillor Brennan finished her speech on the Stagecoach services before saying: “I’m saying it now because it’s my only opportunity to say it.

“I know the council itself is doing all it can legally on this issue so I’m going to hold my hand up for one second and I’m going to say ‘me too’.”

Councillor Emma Brennan stood up in the Devon County Council meeting, put her hand up and said 'me too'.Councillor Emma Brennan stood up in the Devon County Council meeting, put her hand up and said 'me too'.

Councillor Brennan began to tell how she had been a victim of sexual violence in the past, and in an ‘abusive and manipulative relationship’.

But chairman Caroline Chugg interjected, calling a point of order and asking Councillor Brennan to sit down, because her speech was not related to the agenda item.

Cllr Brennan continued: “Please don’t silence me on this issue.

“As a victim I find it disgusting I should share a council chamber with a man who has been found to have sexually assaulted four female members of staff.

“He’s allowed to keep his high standing, keep his £12,600 per year allowance funded by Devon taxpayers, speak at this meeting, propose motions, and this is wrong.

“It is putting him above the needs and rights to feel comfortable and safe.”

At that point in her speech, Cllr Brennan’s microphone was turned off and Cllr Chugg said she would have to adjourn the meeting if she did not sit down.

Cllr Brennan took her seat before the vote on the Stagecoach services continued.

Cllr Greenslade, 69, was present at the meeting but did not respond to Cllr Brennan’s comments.

In a statement issued in response to the allegations, his solicitor said Cllr Greenslade was being advised on challenging the censure notice.