Thursday, 26 March 2015

Lib Lab Con suspended (stepped-down), members bring party into disrepute: Why do the media ignore issues at other parties?

I have just read an article published in the Independent, featuring a list of 20 UKIP candidates who have been suspended over the last 2 years. This is following UKIP MEP and PPC Janice Atkinson's suspension and expulsion after an alleged case of Expenses Fraud.

Over the last couple of months, a concerted effort has been made by the political establishment and media, to frame UKIP in a way that they just don't do with other parties.

Whilst I suspect some people will say it is because "just more" happens at UKIP. I really do wonder whether people are aware of some of the serious issues/cases which have been under-played in the national media, with regards to other political parties members, candidates, councillors and representatives.

Well here is my effort to try and re-address some balance to the debate.
It is up to you to draw what conclusions you wish. But the facts I present before you are real...

It is worth noting everyone listed below have left their respective positions over 16 months. Not 2 years as listed in the Independent. So arguably the numbers would be vastly higher had I looked at a further 8 months worth of departures...

Conservatives:











Name/Age: Alan Mellins (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Suggesting 'Travellers' should be executed.

Date of suspension: 23 October 2014

Resolved?

Resigned as Councillor on 24 October 2014.
















Name/Age: Andrew Sherris (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Failing to pay Council Tax on Second Home.

Date of suspension: 02 March 2015

Resolved?

Currently being investigated by Conservative Party group.











Name/Age: Asif Ayub (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Assaulting his partner.

Date of suspension: 10 July 2014

Resolved?

Convicted on five counts of assaulting his former girlfriend 04 July 2014.











Name/Age: Chris Joannides (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Anti-Islamic comments.

Date of suspension: 21 January 2014

Resolved?

Conservative Party membership suspended for 12 months as punishment.












Name/Age: Justin Hinchcliffe (Unknown)

Position: Chairman

Alleged offence: Advising that Conservative supporters vote Lib Dem to keep Labour out.

Date of suspension: 18 March 2015

Resolved?

Under investigation.












Name/Age: Jefferson Michael Fadaka (Unknown)

Position: Conservative Party Candidate

Alleged offence: Hiding a conviction for benefit fraud to get Conservative party backing.

Date of suspension: 04 February 2015

Resolved?

Removed from party. Pending Court case.















Name/Age: Mudasir Dean (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Failure to pay council tax.

Date of suspension: 15 August 2014

Resolved?

Charges never brought against.
Since selected as the Conservative PPC for Bolton South East












Name/Age: Peter Batty (Unknown)

Position: Councillor /  Leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Tory group

Alleged offence: Sending racist, sexist and pornographic e-mails.

Date of suspension: 04 February 2015

Resolved?

Removed from party. Pending Court case.
















Name/Age: Patrick Rock (Unknown)

Position: Deputy director of policy for David Cameron, Prime Minister

Alleged offence: Arrested on the charges of child abuse image claims.

Date of suspension: 27 June 2014

Resolved?

Charged in June 2014, with three counts of making an indecent photographs of a child in August 2013. Also charged with possession of 59 indecent images of children. December 2014 pleaded not guilty to six charges of making indecent photographs of children aged between 10 and 13 and one charge of possessing 56 indecent images of children aged between 10 and 14.
Case ongoing.















Name/Age: David Bishop (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Anti-Islamic and Homophobic tweets.

Date of suspension: May 2014

Resolved?

Resigned 04 May 2014.












Name/Age: Philip Judd (60)

Position: Councillor & Former Mayor

Alleged offence: Downloading more than 350 indecent pictures and videos of children.

Date of suspension: September 2014

Resolved?

Resigned 04 May 2014.















Name/Age: Nick Buckmaster (51)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Threatening a neighbour with a fire-arm.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Found guilty of offences, but given suspended sentence.
His council position was allowed to lapse. Conservatives put up a different candidate for his position.











Name/Age: Barbara Driver (77)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Commented; "There is a saying and I am going to say it: When rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it.".

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Council position allowed to lapse. Conservatives put up a different candidate for her position. No action taken.















Name/Age: Nick Morris (Unknown)

Position: Council Candidate

Alleged offence: Homophobic comments made on a social networking website.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned from Party on 19 February 2015.
















Name/Age: Peter Lawless (62)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Benefits Fraud.

Date of suspension: 08 August 2014

Resolved?

Pleased guilty to three charges of failing to notify a change in circumstances.
Received two-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay the council £400 in costs, and £15 victim surcharge.















Name/Age: Douglas Ross (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: "Canvassing against the administration"

Date of suspension: 07 November 2014

Resolved?

Conservative Party group have declined to reverse the decision.
















Name/Age: Bob Deed (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Voting against housing, school and employment land expansion in Tiverton.

Date of suspension: 20 May 2014

Resolved?

Conservative Party group confirmed Councillor "was asked to leave the cabinet" and anything more was part of a "private conversation".

Widely considered to be an unfair removal.
















Name/Age: Judy Butt (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Opposing controversial proposals to site a temporary traveller transit site in her ward.

Date of suspension: 13 February 2014

Resolved?

Conservative Party group swiftly replaced her.

Decision widely condemned.

















Name/Age: Malcolm Rifkind (68)

Position: MP

Alleged offence: Cash For Access.

Date of suspension: 23 February 2015

Resolved?

Currently under review by the Parliamentary Standards Watchdog.










Name/Age: Afzal Amin (Unknown)

Position: PPC

Alleged offence: Collaborating with the Far-Right group 'English Defence League' in an attempt to win votes & inciting racial hatred

Date of suspension: 22 March 2015

Resolved?

Investigation ongoing.
Has resigned as PPC for Dudley North.


Labour Party:










Name/Age: Zaffar Van Kalwala (34)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Driving a motor vehicle dangerously, failing to stop at the scene of an accident & actual bodily harm (ABH)

Date of suspension: 27 August 2014
Resolved?

Found guilty of driving a motor vehicle dangerously and actual bodily harm (ABH) following an incident in Wembley.











Name/Age: Gurpal Virdi (55)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Accused of indecently assaulting a young boy and of assaulting a male prisoner.

Date of suspension: 28 April 2014

Resolved?

Court case still proceeding. Councillor has not resigned and is still representing Hounslow as an Independent Councillor.











Name/Age: Deborah Gihawi (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Posting anti-Semitic comments on her Facebook page.

Date of suspension: 26 January 2015

Resolved?

Suspended by the Labour Party and now standing as an Independent Councillor.











Name/Age: Vicki Kirby (34)

Position: PPC

Alleged offence: Posting ant-Israel messages on social networking sites.

Date of suspension: 21 Suspended 2014

Resolved?

Suspended by the Labour Party and resigned as PPC.











Name/Age: Kathy Wiles (Unknown)

Position: PPC

Alleged offence: Posting a picture of Nazi origin.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned as PPC for the Labour Party 30 June 2014.














Name/Age: Rosemary Healy (Unknown)

Position: Councillor / PPC

Alleged offence: Posting a tweet making light of a Nazi Concentration camp. Also later revealed to have posted picture labelling the Royal Family a "Nazi Family".

Date of suspension: 06 January 2015

Resolved?

Removed as PPC. However reinstated as Councillor.










Name/Age: David Christison (44)

Position: PPC / Party Secretary

Alleged offence: Accused of videoing men urinating in public restrooms.

Date of suspension: 04 March 2014

Resolved?

Removed as PPC. Suspended by party.













Name's/Age's: Gwendoline Russell (Unknown), Shaukat Ali (Unknown), Roger Stone (Unknown) and Jahangir Akhtar  (53)

Position: Councillors / Former Deputy of Labour Rotherham

Alleged offence: Investigated under suspicion of covering up child abuse in the City of Rotherham.

Date of suspension: 02 September 2014

Resolved?

Removed as Councillors pending full investigation into events at the Council over a 14 year period.












Name's/Age's: Keith Edwards (Unknown), Ross Thomas (Unknown), Gareth Wyn Davies (Unknown), Edith Hughes (Unknown), Gareth Phillips (Unknown) and Martyn Jones (Unknown).

Position: Councillors

Alleged offence: All six Councillors randomly suspended by Party after failing to vote in favour of a Council merger.

Date of suspension: 15 February 2015

Resolved?

Later reinstated without apology from the Labour Party.












Name/Age: Gary Bush (Unknown), Ross Thomas (Unknown), Gareth Wyn Davies (Unknown), Edith Hughes (Unknown), Gareth Phillips (Unknown) and Martyn Jones (Unknown).

Position: Councillor / Leader of Melton Council

Alleged offence: Alleged Benefits Fraud.

Date of suspension: 05 March 2015

Resolved?

Subject of internal investigation.













Name's/Age's: Mohammad Ayub (Unknown) and Naseem Ayub (Unknown)

Position's: Councillor

Alleged offence: Accused of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (unauthorised access) and/or Malicious Communications Act 1988 (send offensive communication/incite racial hatred).

Date of suspension: 03 January 2014

Resolved?

Reported to be being investigated by the police. However both still active Labour Party Councillors in Luton so must have been reinstated.















Name/Age: Peter Barnett (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Accused of "Islamophobia".

Date of suspension: 04 February 2014

Resolved?

Reinstated, regardless of evidence showing the offence.
















Name/Age: Nesimi Erbil (Unknown)

Position's: Councillor

Alleged offence: Accused of "Islamophobia".

Date of suspension: 04 February 2014

Resolved?

Reinstated, regardless of evidence showing the offence.















Name/Age: Farooq Ahmed (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Accused of Homophobic abuse of another Councillor.

Date of suspension: 05 February 2014

Resolved?

Resigned from Rochdale Labour Party 16 June 2014, along with Labour Councillors (wife) Shefali Ahmed and Shefali Ahmed over a "lack of support" during his police investigation. All three have gone on to serve as Independent Councillors on Rochdale Council. Farooq was later convicted of a public order offence that saw him yell ‘queer’ at a fellow Councillor.















Name/Age: Peter McLaughlin (61)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Admitted assaulting a young boy.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned as Labour Party member on the day of his arrest.
Awaiting sentencing.
















Name/Age: Andrew Palmer (52)

Position: Member, activist and campaigner

Alleged offence: Twice breaching a sexual offences prevention order and a community order. Note: Had twice spent time behind bars for possessing indecent images of children, however was allowed to region Labour Party and assist candidates in their election campaigns.

Date of suspension: Unknown

Resolved?

Sentenced to 20 months in prison.












Name/Age: Dan Young (24)

Position: Aide to Jon Cruddas MP, Chairman of London Young Labour & Councillor

Alleged offence: Domestic Assault of his girlfriend.

Date of suspension: Some time between 03 December - 15 December 2014

Resolved?

Membership suspended by Labour Party. Unknown whether will be reinstated.





















Name/Age: Jack Straw (68)

Position: MP

Alleged offence: Cash For Access.

Date of suspension: 23 February 2015

Resolved?

Currently under review by the Parliamentary Standards Watchdog.
















Name/Age: Haydar Ulus (35)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Date of suspension: 17 September 2014

Resolved?

Currently acting as an independent Councillor and pending Court case.















Name/Age: Mark Cherry (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Posted a Tweet which compared Conservative Party policy to the Holocaust.

Date of suspension: 22 May 2014

Resolved?

Claimed that his Twitter account had been "hacked" and reinstated.


Liberal Democrats:
















Name/Age: David Potter (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Non-attendance of Council meetings for six months.

Date of suspension: 20 June 2014

Resolved?

Disqualified as a member of Worthing Borough Council and resigned Liberal Democrat membership.











Name/Age: Ajit Atwal (43)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Posing for a picture holding a AK47 assault rifle.

Date of suspension: 15 April 2014

Resolved?

Investigated by the Police and his local Liberal Democrats branch.
No further action taken by Police or Lib Dems.















Name/Age: Subhan Shafiq (Unknown)

Position: Mayor

Alleged offence: Personally vouching for a taxi driver who had convictions for rape and sexual assault.

Date of suspension: 17 November 2014

Resolved?

Resigned 17 November 2014.
















Name/Age: Paul Prescod (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: 'Breaches of discipline'

Date of suspension: 10 October 2014

Resolved?

Suspended for three months.











Name/Age: Mike Hancock (68)

Position: MP / Councillor

Alleged offence: Making improper sexual advances.

Date of suspension: 19 September 2014

Resolved?

Resigned as Councillor and MP.




Name/Age: Colin Rosenstiel (64)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Accused of hitting a 7 year old child.

Date of suspension: 28 April 2014

Resolved?

Barred from representing the Liberal Democrats.
Admitted assaulting 7-year-old girl in Cambridge – and fined £180.
















Name/Age: Bob Thompson (60)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Caught stroking a 13-year-old girl’s feet while she was asleep and also made sexual remarks to the teenager and her young boyfriend.

Date of suspension: 19 March 2014

Resolved?

Suspended membership.
















Name/Age: Peter Brock (57)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Stealing more than £1,000 from The Royal British Legion.

Date of suspension: 24 April 2014

Resolved?

Resigned as Councillor.
12-month community order to do 150 hours' unpaid work for three counts of theft, ordered to repay £1,231 he had stolen and pay £85 in costs.















Name/Age: Drew Millar (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: "Sharing extremist material".

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned 25 October 2014.










Name/Age: Drew Millar (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: "Sharing extremist material".

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned 25 October 2014.













Name/Age: Paul Strasburger, Baron Strasburger (67)

Position: Peer

Alleged offence: Accepted a potentially illegal donation.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned from Lib Dems on the party on 20 March 2015 after he was told Channel 4’s Dispatches would report “a £10,000 donation was paid by the stepfather of an undercover businessman which would be against the rules on donations”.










Name/Age: Chris Rennard, Baron Rennard (54)

Position: Peer

Alleged offence: Accepted a potentially illegal donation.

Date of suspension: 20 January 2014

Resolved?

Suspended pending a disciplinary investigation over bringing the party into disrepute by failing to apologise over sexual harassment allegations.








Name's/Age's: Barry Bingham  (Unknown), Maureen Davenport (Unknown), Bob Gibson (Unknown), Ray Russell (Unknown), Peter Barr (Unknown), Mark Higgingbottom (Unknown), Chris Collard (Unknown), Alexis Diouf (Unknown), Keith Morgan (Unknown), Howard Borrell (Unknown), Denise Hawksworth (Unknown) & Shirley Niblock (Unknown).

Position: Councillor's

Alleged offence: "Bullying".

Date of suspension: 22 March 2015

Resolved?

Investigation ongoing.
















Name/Age: Lesley Hayward (63)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Benefits fraud.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned from Liberal Democrats upon discovering charges being brought against her.
Found guilty of falsely claiming more than £44,000 in state payouts.
4 month suspended sentence for 12 months.
Resigned as Councillor.











Name/Age: Kevin Wilson (55)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Fraud.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned from Lib Dems on 24 January 2014 having admitted to defrauding his own council.
















Name/Age: Stephen Fenwick (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Racially aggravated assault.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned from Lib Dems on 11 March 2014 pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault.
Given year-long conditional discharge and a fine.












Name/Age: Philip Drury (Unknown)

Position: Councillor

Alleged offence: Suggesting a victim of rape wasn't attractive enough to be targeted.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned from Lib Dems on 05 January 2015 after being widely denounced in his area for his comments.











Name/Age: Ibrahim Taguri (Unknown)

Position: PPC / Racial equality spokesperson

Alleged offence: Accepting potentially illegal financial donations.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned as PPC 12 March 2015.















Name/Age: Tim Dennen (57)

Position: Councillor / Council candidate

Alleged offence: Charged with £3,600 worth of benefit fraud. Also accused of failing to tell the benefits department was receiving the £7,528.95 a year expenses for being a councillor since his 2010 election.

Date of suspension: N/A

Resolved?

Resigned as Lib Dem 15 May 2014.










Name/Age: Jason Zadrozny (34)

Position: Councillor / PPC

Alleged offence: Child sex abuse allegations.

Date of suspension: 26 March 2015

Resolved?

Resigned as Lib Dem PPC. Remains as Councillor.



5 comments:

  1. This should be copied to every local newspaper in the country (not that they don't already know)

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  2. Great summary. There's more at;
    http://www.bloggers4ukip.org.uk/2014/12/round-up-of-liblabcon-snp-and-green.html
    and
    http://flip.it/Rxt1E

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