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. . . but a source of deep divisions within council

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Now Lord Rodgers has put the record straight about the 'financial miracle' that Alex Reid claims to have wrought in RIBA finances, can Reid supply us with a few more corrections?

At least two members on his supporters' list have signed nomination papers for other candidates, and another has told me he will not now vote for him.

Yet another has said publicly he will not vote for him. Are there any more?

Reid's election statement says he is in favour of a free phone number for client enquiries. So am I, plus, of course, the council members who objected to these charges being imposed by Reid in the first place.

Reid has been quoted as saying: 'Judge me on what I bring to the party not on my registration.' It is precisely what Reid is bringing to the party that worries me most.

When I was elected to council in 1995, I was one of his supporters. What caused me to question my opinion, which had been gleaned second-hand from the press and his own quotes, was my observation of his active lobbying of members of council to vote against the policy initiatives of incoming president Owen Luder at his first council meeting in July 1995.

At a later special meeting of council, Reid openly admitted that he had done this and could see nothing wrong in such behaviour.

Someone who was, and still is, capable of creating such deep divisions within council has no place as our president.

That is why after five years' close observation of his behaviour I will not be voting for him.

Sam Webb, Canterbury, Kent

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