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Ex-LIA chief Travis says board should quit now

A former chief executive of the LIA has accused its board of misleading members to push through its merger with Sofa and says it should step down.

Jeff Travis, who was LIA chief executive for six years, warns that a merger could lead to members losing the vote, letters after their name and the right to hold office.

He says the board should step down to campaign as ordinary members on a merger platform rather than steamroller the deal through.

But LIA head of public affairs John Ellis rejects the accusations and says members are due to be sent letters next week explaining what status they would have in a new organisation.

He did confirm that members with MLIA(dip) status would lose the (dip) in their title since the natio-nal qualifications framework has judged that the FPC exam was not a diploma.

The 20,000 LIA members will have the chance to vote on the merger at an extraordinary general meeting on October 13. Members of Sofa will vote on October 15.

Travis says: “Would turkeys vote for Christmas if they were told they would be killed and eaten? The merger is being proposed without members being told what they will lose.”

Ellis says: “The board unanimously took the view that the merger proposition should be put to members. We have not even considered resigning. If it does not go through, then it will be business as normal.”

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