So the ‘I’m a Conservative really’ line that Ron Woodley spins on the doorstep of Thorpe is now laid bare- he is actively supporting the LibDems and Ukip.
How can an Independent who claims to eshew all things political give his support to Cllr Longley, probably the most political Cllr on Southend and accept that a UKIP candidate if elected will be an ‘Independent’? This is nonsense and shows that the badge of Independence and the rhetoric that goes with it is nothing more than a front to denegrate conservative candidates and get themselves elected. Incidentally did not Cllr Woodley sign the nomintion papers of G Longley LibDem when he stood against James Duddridge for the Rochford and Southend East seat? Shame on you Cllrs Woodley and Terry.
In my opinion Cllr Longley must be very nervous in Blenheim and perhaps he is right to be!
West Shoebury UKIP Leaflet
At the same time the Independents are listing the ex Conservative Cllr Aylen as one of them! Cllr Aylen was deselected by his ward as he was not up to the job, Cllr Velmurugen (Independent) was heard to say to Cllr Aylen that he would support him – astounding since Cllr Velmurugen is a practising doctor and Cllr Ayen has openly stated that he cared not if smokers died of cancer!
A. When he’s teamed up with a Lib-Dem!
The so called Independent candidate in St Luke’s has joined forces with last year’s Lib Dem candidate for St Luke’s and SKIPP sympathiser. The stated object to get rid of the sitting ward Cllr Anna Waite.
Whilst I am sure Cllr Longley will disown this collusion, it would not be the first time he has done this. In 2006 the LibDems colluded with an independent and quite probably UKIP and Labour too. This collusion was confirmed to me by Mike Grimwade (LibDem) who said that he disliked the collusion that had taken place and hoped I would not hold it against him!
Southend’s Independent Cllrs have failed to declare that they are directors of Independent for Southend Ltd. This is very likely a standards board case as the Register of Members Interests is quite quite clear on these issues and they have been Directors since at least May 2009! So much for Independents being whiter than white- first we learn they are in cahoots with the LibDems, then we get proof in that they have signed Graham Longley’s nomination papers, now we learn they have formed a company that they failed to declare. Really quite poor form from people who take such a holier than thou approach. It also puts lie to this notion that independents are not a ‘party’ truly independent individuals do not form companies together! Oh and I did I mention that a very rattled Cllr Woodley then stomped out shouting abusive language towards the Nigel Holdcroft, leader of the Council! (to be clearCllr Delaney who was not present at Council and Dr Vel was not part of this nor a director of their company )
The council was also cleared this evening when a small group of protesters started screeching and throwing leaflets onto the Independent group/party- the irony is of couse that Independent Cllr Woodley supports theses undemocratic protesters. Eventually the Police removed them. Sadly the tribute to a retiring Council Officer was disrupted but after the small rabble was removed was able to continue. Shame really that such a silly group chose that moment to interrupt a fairwell tribute.
Local Independents are backing the LibDem Candidate. Mr ‘ I’m a Conservative really’ Woodley has signed Cllr Longley’s Parliamentary nomination papers as has Cllr Assenheim. Seaside news first raised this back in February as a distinct possibility but this proves what we have always said – but the Independents have always denied – that there is a coalition plan between the Independents and Lib Dem / Lab to try and take control of Southend Council.
So what does this mean-
- This proves if Southend people vote Independent, they will actually get Lib Dem / Lab
- This proves Independents are anything but independent
- The only way to maintain a Better Southend is to vote Conservative on May
Is there a new political alliance in Southend? For the second time this week Cllrs Woodley and Longley are hand in glove- first it’s members expenses, now it’s bus passes. It begs the question- have the Independents, who so strongly proclaimed that they were not politically linked, formed an Alliance with the LibDems. From passing notes at scrutiny between each other to now issuing joint press releases twice in one week! Does Cllr Woodley perhaps dream that following the local elections he will be part of a LibDem- Independent Alliance cabinet? Dream on…….