A CONSERVATIVE Councillor has filed a complaint about the chair of a committee over claims he brought party politics into a planning debate.

Councillor Jackie Whiteley (Cons, Wharfedale) was speaking at a meeting of Bradford Council Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Thursday - objecting to plans for houses on a field on Bingley Road, Menston.

She was speaking about poor infrastructure in the village, including the lack of adequate parking at the rail station.

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Chair of the Committee Cllr David Warburton (Lab, Wyke) said: "Have you lobbied the Transport Minister? The funding for rail comes from the Government."

Cllr Whiteley said she had, and had spoken to local Conservative MP Philip Davies about the issue. Cllr Warburton replied: "What did he promise you this time?"

Cllr Whitely said he should not be bringing party politics into the debate, and her comment was echoed by others on the committee.

At the start of each planning meeting Councillors and members of the public are told that party politics has no place in the meeting.

The homes were later approved, and after the meeting Cllr Whiteley told the press she had lodged a complaint against Cllr Warburton with Bradford Council.