THE issue of the golly figures allegedly at the home of Isle of Wight Council leader Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox is set to be aired at the authority's budget meeting tonight (Wednesday).

Supporters of the leader have said they willl attend the meeting to give her backing in the wake of "attempts to force her to resign".

On Facebook, Maria Cowen called on supporters to rally behing their friend, saying: "Those of us who know Lora, know how false these allegations are and we know just how much good she has done not only for her local community but the Island.

So, if you want to show your appreciation then please attend County Hall at 4.45pm to stop her being forced to resign over a pathetic mud-flinging situation by jealous opposition. She needs our help so please give up just a few hours."

She added the hashtag #saveourlora

And Tory group leader Cllr Joe Robertson said he and other Conservatives would be asking her to explain and apologise for the Facebook post from November which appears to show a collection of golly figures in a glass cabinet in her kitchen.

Cllr Peacey-Wilcox, who leads the Alliance group, denied she had the gollies in her house.

Earlier this week, Isle of Wight Council chairman Cllr Geoff Brodie published an exchange of emails from November in which he drafted a resignation letter over the issue and Cllr Peacey-Wilcox repled appearing to accept its content

He said he was doing so to correct opinions which suggested he was in the wrong over the issue.

Cllr Peacey-Wilcox at this point told the CP she could not comment as this was now a police matter. She cited blackmail and harassment issues for the complaint to police.

Tory leader Cllr Robertson this morning wrote to Alliance councillors asking them to persuade their leader to resign over the matter.

He also asked senior members of the Alliance to explain how much the knew. 

The meeting starts at 5pm and will be covered live by the County Press. Click here to follow.