UKIP coup as councillor defects - again!

LITTLE Thurrock councillor Stuart St Clair Haslam has become the first to join the UK Independence Party.

It was announced at the group’s spring conference in Scarborough last weekend that Cllr St Clair Haslam, who has now moved political parties twice in a year, would be joining the party.

It has also been confirmed by UKIP that Cllr St Clair Haslam will be standing for re-election in the Stanford West ward in May, and not his current seat.

The Gazette tried to speak to Cllr St Clair Haslam several times this week, but he was not available to comment.

But Clive Broad, UKIP spokesman for Thurrock and Basildon, said: “I am over the moon Stuart has decided to join UKIP.

“He has seen the light. It has been in the pipeline for the past three months and he has seen what the Tories and Labour have done at the council.

“You can see from what goes on, it’s a fiasco. He is the first councillor to join us because he read our manifesto, saw what we stood for and decided to come across. It is great news.”

Cllr St Clair Haslam was a member of the Tory group until May last year when he dramatically quit and joined mayor Anne Cheale in Thurrock’s Concerned Conservatives group.

Cllr St Clair Haslam claimed a lack of support from leader Cllr Hague in a row between officers and planning committee members over planning permission for two developments on green belt land.

Cllr Cheale was also unavailable for comment.

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10:06pm Wed 9 Mar 11

Frank1 says...

Clearly not hoping to be re-elected on his strong sense of loyalty, decisive thinking or his duty to represent the views of the people electing him based on his party political affiliation.
Clearly not hoping to be re-elected on his strong sense of loyalty, decisive thinking or his duty to represent the views of the people electing him based on his party political affiliation. Frank1
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9:59am Thu 10 Mar 11

jinksbella says...

I live in this ward and certainly won't be voting for someone who doesn't seem to know what party loyalty is.
I live in this ward and certainly won't be voting for someone who doesn't seem to know what party loyalty is. jinksbella
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11:53am Thu 10 Mar 11

hughtymes says...

Maybe if the main parties were to actually tell the truth about what they intend to do they wouldn’t have this kind of thing happening. I sometimes wonder why people bother to vote at all. The main parties say one thing then do something they haven’t got the guts to tell the voters about because they know people wouldn’t vote for it. The people of this country have been lied to on a scale not witnessed before by the last government. Now the Tories are doing exactly the same thing. The less said about the Lib Dems the better. The day one of them actually does what it said it was going to do, they’ll probably abolish voting.
Maybe if the main parties were to actually tell the truth about what they intend to do they wouldn’t have this kind of thing happening. I sometimes wonder why people bother to vote at all. The main parties say one thing then do something they haven’t got the guts to tell the voters about because they know people wouldn’t vote for it. The people of this country have been lied to on a scale not witnessed before by the last government. Now the Tories are doing exactly the same thing. The less said about the Lib Dems the better. The day one of them actually does what it said it was going to do, they’ll probably abolish voting. hughtymes
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9:28am Fri 11 Mar 11

jb411 says...

I'd never vote for this man he can't make up his mind what side he's on, therefore how can he be trusted to make an informed decision when he can't decide who he supports for more than a few months at a time?
I'd never vote for this man he can't make up his mind what side he's on, therefore how can he be trusted to make an informed decision when he can't decide who he supports for more than a few months at a time? jb411
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