Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Do the Independent Party really want to keep party politics out of Local Government?

Whilst most of the Independent Party cheerleaders are towing the 'party line' by trotting out their mantra of 'keep party politics out of local government', it appears this message still hasn't reached Thorpe Independent Party councillor Ron Woodley who now wants residents to vote Liberal Democrat. A little yellow bird kindly forwarded onto me this leaflet which has been circulated to all post voters in Blenheim ward.

Now despite trumpeting his so called 'Independence' Ron has got form when it comes to supporting political parties especially the Lib Dems and its local leader Graham Longley. A couple of weeks ago, I dispelled the myth peddled by Cllr Woodley that he has never stood for election for a political party by revealing that in 2006 he stood for Alliance Southend a party who was led by Cllr Martin Terry.

In February, Cllr Woodley told a meeting of the Economic & Environmental Scrutiny that he was really a Conservative but in 2010 signed the nomination papers of Cllr Longley to become the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East.

One thing that is certain is that Cllr Woodley's antics will not go down well in Thorpe Bay as the residents are already quaking with fear that the Lib Dems could be let anywhere near power in Southend.

If I was a betting man, I would suspect that support for Cllr Longley is eroding in Blenheim if it takes Cllr Woodley to send a begging letter to its residents. 


Anne Chalk said...

Tony that is the difference between someone who has been cloned and someone who thinks Independently for themselves

Anne Chalk said...

Ron is an independent not a clone!

Cllr Tony Cox said...

Anne, I wouldn't call it 'thinking Independently', I would it a Chameleon!

del thomas said...

One Independent councillor recently told me according to their records, Graham is going to lose his seat. He has been acting in a similiar way recently too.

Whats more astounding is the arrogance of Woodley! He is assuming the people of Blenheim care what he thinks about the councillor for their ward.

Julian Ware-Lane said...

I think Anne Chalk should come clean and admit that she jumped ship to become an independent because she valued the prize of being a councillor above steadfastness of principle.

Julian Ware-Lane said...

Someone should also point out to Councillor Woodley that the ward is actually called Blenheim Park.