A SWANSEA Valley councillor has launched an attack on the leader of Neath Port Talbot council in the wake of being axed from a cabinet post.
Alltwen councillor David Lewis has circulated a letter to colleagues following Ali Thomas's decision to relieve him of his role as member of cabinet for Education and Lifelong Learning.
Mr Lewis said: "It would be disingenuous of me to say that I haven't felt shocked or felt hurt or let down or betrayed by the sacking.
"So this letter is not one of bitterness but one of me sharing my thoughts and concerns for the fitness of the Leadership to manage a disparate but loyal Group of members, while at the same time trying to operate at higher levels of government in Wales."
Mr Lewis said that when he confronted Mr Thomas for a reason behind the sacking he was staggered by the alleged response.
"I was gobsmacked when he said that it was because of the way I had been sitting during the council meeting for the selection of the New Director of Education."
The leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Ali Thomas, said that he did not want to comment on the matter.
Labelling the alleged explanation "pathetic" Mr Evans maintains that he was forced to lean back to avoid smelling an electronic cigarette that was being smoked by councillor Mark Jones. "The Leader's recognition of my inappropriate posture must have been at the limit of his observational skills because he failed to recognise an explanation for my seating actions sitting immediately next to me.
"Throughout the whole meeting, Councillor Mark Jones smoked one of two artificial cigarettes, not constantly but randomly. He did not hide his actions and blew clouds of smoke throughout the meeting.
"I disliked the smell intensely. While it didn't have the pungency of real cigarette smoke I disliked it intensely.
"Not wishing to create a fuss during the proceedings the simplest thing for me to do was to push my chair back and then lean back further and so avoid the smoke when he smoked."
Mr Jones, who pointed out that electronic cigarettes are perfectly legal, insisted that they had no smell whatsoever.
He said: "It's an electronic inhaler system with water vapour and no smell at all.
"It's very disappointing that councillor David Lewis has tried to make me a scapegoat for his own failings."