A number of Christchurch councillors have discussed the possibility of taking a censure motion on chief executive, David McIntosh, to the full council.

Several members met last week to discuss the move but have not so far agreed to what would be an unprecedented move.

It follows a statement from Mr McIntosh to the Daily Echo last week in which appeared to criticise council leader, David Flagg over a private letter he had written to Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, on local government reorganisation.

One councillor said Mr McIntosh had "overstepped the mark" adding: "Perhaps he needs to be reminded that he is an employee of the council and is here to execute the wishes and policies of the elected members."

Cllr David Flagg, Leader of the Council, Christchurch Borough Council, said: “I can confirm that the Chief Executive has the full support of myself and the Deputy Leader of the Council and we believe the majority of members.”

Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of East Dorset said: “David McIntosh has my full support and it is disappointing that his position is being called into question.

"Throughout a challenging period for both councils he has been nothing other than professional and his advice and support has always been valued. The actions of a small minority of Christchurch members will not impact on our position.”