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In December, Harry called for the reinstatement of the Tory whip to Maria Gatland, the Tory councillor in Croydon who was revealed to have been a member of the IRA in the 1970s.

This has happened today, according to the Croydon Guardian.

Says Tory leader, Mike Fisher:

"I am very pleased to be able to announce that following an
investigation conducted by me into the circumstances surrounding the
revelation that Councillor Gatland had been involved with the
provisional IRA in the early 70s, I am restoring the conservative whip
to Cllr Gatland.

"It is very clear that Maria left the IRA and denounced their
activities over 30 years ago and since then she has worked hard to
establish herself in the local community here in Croydon. As a local Councillor in Croham Ward she has worked tirelessly for
the interest of her residents and I have received many emails and
letters of support for her from them."

  Cllr Gatland added:

"I am delighted to once again be part of the Conservative Group on Croydon Council. I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from
friends within the Group and most importantly from my constituents in
Croham Ward."

Jonathan Isaby

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