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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 14:28
A UKIP councillor has quit the party following a blazing row with his fellow UKIP councillors.
Colin Churchman, who represents Stanford East and Corringham Town complained that UKIP in Thurrock were attempting to put pressure on him regarding how he voted on the local planning committee.
Churchman, who was only elected in May voted in favour of the building of St Luke’s Hospice and 50 homes on green belt land in Horndon-on-the-Hill , much to the annoyance of his UKIP comrades.
The now independent councillor said:
“Three years ago I had an accident that left me disabled such that I have had to overcome many challenges during this time in my life. However nothing has been as tough as the challenges I have endured being a member of the UKIP party at Thurrock.”
UKIP Thurrock leader Graham Snell has demanded that Churchman step down as a councillor, forcing an expensive by-election, paid for by Thurrock taxpayers, however, Colin Churchman has said he intends to see through his term.
Posted: 22 Jul 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 16 July 2015, 17:48
It's been fairly quiet on the UKIP front recently but I have some good news to report,
The UKIP group on Basildon Council has split with three rebels breaking away to form a separate group.
Councillors Alan Ball, David Harrison and Peter Holliman have all left the main UKIP group and formed Wickford UKIP also known as the Wickford Action Group in what appears to a disagreement over local issues.
Leader of the official UKIP group Councillor Linda Allport-Hodge has attempted to sugar coat the split telling local media "Our Wickford colleagues will remain UKIP. We are very much united. It’s just a restructure".
However, it is common knowledge that there is no love lost between the two groups and UKIP HQ have a habit of expelling rebels who form their own groups so we can expect further repercussions.
Posted: 16 Jul 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 6 July 2015, 09:54
A little bird tells me that the South East regional Young Independence chairman is coming under increasing pressure to resign his position from certain factors within the local party.
Jamie Hollywood from Wealden in East Sussex was only elected to the position in March following a by election, yet it seems a section of Christian fundamentalists within the local region are vehemently opposed to Hollywood holding the position due to the fact that he is gay.
In February, Tom Booker, Chair of UKIP’s official LGBT group quit his role and resigned his party membership after a string of anti-gay comments from UKIP politicians and claimed he could no longer defend the party as UKIP had in his words become a "cult that is too willing to entertain bigots".
Booker also claimed that Farage used the LGBT group as a public relations stunt to shield the party against accusations of homophobia.
Will Hollywood hold on or will he be force out by the bigots in his party?
Posted: 6 Jul 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 3 July 2015, 10:03
A leading UKIP activist in Dudley has accused a UKIP MEP of bullying and discrimination in a stinging attack on social media.
Fiona Evans, who stood as a UKIP candidate in the Upper Gornal ward on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council in May claimed that West Midlands UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge along with UKIP councillor Paul Brothwood bullied, discrimated against and threatened a number of UKIP activists in the Dudley area and described the pair as "hateful people who openly lie and cheat on a regular basis."
Evans also goes on to claim that this kind of behaviour is rife within the ranks of UKIP, with certain members operating an "Old boys club".
Fiona Evans wrote:
"As recently as April 2015, Bill Etheridge referred to me as a "friend", I thought this to be a bit ambitious of him at the time as we have never been friends.
Since then a few of us have been lied to, bullied, discriminated against, made to feel like outcasts, threatened and treated very badly by both Bill and Cllr Paul Brothwood, Chief of staff at The office of Bill Etheridge.
It is due to this abhorrent behaviour by these members of UKiP that I feel I can no longer support UKiP in Dudley and I will not be putting my name forward to stand as councillor next May as this would mean having to converse with these 2 hateful people who openly lie and cheat on a regular basis.
This kind of behaviour is rife in UKiP and time and time again it has been proved that if your face doesn't fit then there is no room for you in the organisation. It has also proved to me to be an " Old boys club" where certain members will block you to get their own way."
Bill Etheridge's personal life is believed to be the catalyst behind the numerous fallouts in Dudley UKIP, after he dumped his wife and kids for a fellow UKIP activist.
UKIP's Disabilities spokesperson Councillor Star Etheridge is divorcing her now estranged husband after she found out that he was having an affair with UKIP candidate Lorraine Chew.
Posted: 3 Jul 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
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