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Renegade Roche resigns from RIBA council

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Long-term RIBA maverick Chris Roche has left many colleagues stunned this week by announcing his resignation from the institute's council.

The one-time presidential candidate said he was stepping down from the 'business of politics to concentrate on the politics business'.

Roche claimed he made the decision after being unable to get an election document through to the RIBA's Portland Place headquarters because staff computers are not Apple Mac compliant.

'I also wish to express my concern regarding election procedures, which I have found are not as equitable and democratic as I would expect, ' Roche said.

However, RIBA president George Ferguson dismissed Roche's complaints as 'making mountains out of molehills'.

'I can only conclude that the problem lies at his end, ' Ferguson added.

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