I said originally I would publish this on Monday 13th April however events have overtaken us so here it is: 9 Anston Parish Labour councillors and 1 sham Independent councillor all stood down on Friday 10th April with immediate effect and decided not to stand for re-election. Beck.Bridges.Brindley.Burton.Crowther.Dalton.O’Brien.St.John.Stonebridge and Wardle.
There are a few reasons why this bunch of incompetent and rude no-hopers all jumped ship at the same time; The threat by RMBC’s Monitoring Officer to close APC down after 35 complaints were sent to her, they have been abandoned by Sir Nutkin and the fact they were facing humiliating defeat in the May election. They jumped before they were pushed. No doubt in the next few days and weeks we shall be forced to listen to their bleating and moaning why they felt ‘they had to resign’. Expect to see and hear sentences containing the usual garbage words “bullying, verbal abuse, aggression from members of the public ” etc,etc. Labour party councillors will never admit to their sheer incompetence, procedural improprieties, non declaration of interests, financial illiteracy and putting loyalty to their party above the interests of the community all of which were the cause of massive problems between residents and Labour councillors at APC.
Anston Parish Council will now be run by the majority Independent group of councillors who do not have any party allegiances, who are financially competent and it is a chance for them to show residents how open democracy and transparency benefits everyone. No more shady deals behind closed doors nor biased agenda’s.
This is a fresh start for Anston Parish Council which has been misruled and mismanaged by the Labour party for over twenty years. Let’s hope the new councillors can restore pride in democracy and pride in Anston.
The Anston Parish Councillors are: John Ireland (Two elections in a row where he has scraped in unelected)-A Sham Independent. Gordon Jarvis. Clive Jepson. -(Also a Borough Councillor) Ivan Machin. * Myles Manship.*-(Political allegiance undeclared) a protégé of Dalton. Philip Mathews.* Christine Sadler.* Drew Tarmey.* Stuart Thornton. Paul Vernon.* *= New Councillor Former Independent Councillor Steve Baker chose not to stand again.
Did this blog play some part in the downfall of the not fit for purpose Labour failures?