I WANTED to correct a misconception some of your correspondents have regarding the recent vote on whether Malvern Hills could unilaterally provide support for vulnerable Syrian refugees.

This issue was not a "whipped" issue.

The Conservative group certainly did discuss the matter before the council meeting.

Indeed, Cllr Melanie Baker asked the group if we would like a secret ballot on the issue.

The group asked for a named ballot, because we wanted people to know that when it comes to tough decisions, the Conservatives will stand up and be counted.

It is easy to make promises with other people's money.

The Conservatives in Malvern will always do what is right for Malvern, and will be proud to do that in public, and in person.

Jeremy Owenson

District councillor for Ripple