Canterbury Tory councillor Neil Baker on drink-drive charge
A leading Canterbury city
councillor has been charged with drink-driving after crashing his
Tory Neil Baker, who sits on the
executive committee of Canterbury City Council, was arrested after
his blue Renault Clio left the road near the junction of Pean Hill
and Bogshole Lane in Whitstable at 7.10pm last Wednesday.
The 30-year-old, of St Patrick’s
Close, Whitstable, escaped the crash uninjured and was helped out
of the car, which had become stuck between two trees.
Police were called to the scene and he
was breathalysed. He was later charged with drink-driving and is
due to appear in court on January 4.
Baker, whose girlfriend is expecting
twins, was elected to the council last May and is chairman of the
Canterbury Conservative Association.
He describes himself as a
self-employed journalist and is director of the Bridge-based firm
Cobasine, a new media development company.
City council leader John Gilbey said
he was aware of Baker’s arrest but had yet to decide how it will
affect his future with the party.
He said: “Neil has shown great support
and done so much so it would be a shame to jump in too quickly and
make a rash decision. Several questions have to be answered
“This week I will have to make up my mind, the group will have
to make up its mind and so will the association.
“Neil is someone I regard as a very valuable member of our
“We will do what is necessary, but it will be compassionate and
take into account what Neil wants.”
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