Lib Dem was on council Blacklist

Sam Snook

Sam Snook

An Eastleigh Lib Dem party activist has spoken of his shock at discovering that he had been placed on the council’s secret list of potentially violent persons.

Sam Snook, a former Lib Dem council candidate, says he had worked tirelessly for MP Chris Huhne during his election campaign and even appears on the MP’s candidate nomination papers as an assenter.  Although a pensioner in his 70’s he claims he had spent hours in the party office printing Mr Huhne’s election materials and had worked alongside Lib Dem councillors who must have known his name was on the council blacklist.

It appears that Mr Snook had been branded as potentially violent after just one incident several years ago which predates his Lib Dem membership

During the council sponsored 2009 Eastleigh Music festival, public spirited Sam went to the Leigh Road festival site to take photographs of accumulated rubbish but was haughtily reprimanded by a council jobsworth who demanded he stop taking photos and leave the area.

Both Mr Snook and another local campaigner Matthew Myatt became in involved in a heated argument with the overbearing bureaucrat, which resulted in both the men being arrested.

All charges against the duo were subsequently dropped, however unbeknown to them the officious council toady had sneakily placed both their names on the black list normally used to legitimately alert council staff to potential risks posed by people with serious mental illnesses and violent criminal records.

Such lists are also normally circulated to doctors, dentists, opticians, libraries, schools and nurseries for their protection.

Although data protection laws say the council should have informed the pair they were on the list – which would have allowed them to defend their reputations – the pair say this never happened.

The incident mirrors the case of Jane Clift who was branded as potentially violent by Slough council after she wrote a letter of complaint about a council officer.

Richard Ward, the council legal officer confirmed to Mr Snook he had been placed on the list but denied the list was secret on the grounds that all staff know that such a list exists and are able to access it on a ‘need to know basis’ however Mr Snook maintains that the inclusion of his name had been kept a secret from him.

Mr Ward also told Mr Snook his name had had only been removed ‘recently’ raising the possibility that the OAP had stood for election as a Lib Dem Parish Councillor while officially classed as ‘potentially violent person.’

The Legal Officer explained that staff could not only blacklist members of the public  if they have been assualted or threatened but also if :

“they have perceived they have been threatened”

An upset and disappointed Sam Snook now says he intends to stand against the Lib Dems as an Independent candidate in the next election.

He also intends to take legal advice.

Eastleigh News understands Matthew Myatt has also been considering legal action.

see also:

Council Brand Tog as ‘Violent’

Tales of the Riverbank

  10 comments for “Lib Dem was on council Blacklist

    August 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Well Sam is more than welcome to stand for UKIP in Eastleigh South!

  2. August 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Well Pete, that would be the only party he has not stood for..

  3. Anne Romaine
    August 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Sorry Black Balaclava but Sam has stood for UKIP before (along with many other parties). I believe he’s only got the Tories and Independent Group of Councillors to go then he’s been a member of the lot!

  4. Peter Stewart
    August 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    To understand Sam, you need to realize that he, like me, has one principal aim: To stop the Tories! Like many people he is torn between supporting UKIP or helping LibDem/Labour.

  5. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    August 13, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Sam told me last year he would love to be an Eastleigh councillor more than anything so I suppose he will stand for the party he sees as giving him his best chance.
    (Unfortunately, Independents struggle to make their voices heard over the party machine.)
    This makes him no different to existing councillors – except perhaps he is more honest.
    The only show in town at the moment are the Lib Dems who have become victims of their own success. Having run out of candidates of any calibre they are now reduced to scraping the barrel.
    Very few councillors can be described as ‘conviction’ politicians and most are quite happy to blindly follow the whip without question.
    You don’t need any qualifications or experience to be a lickspittle – but in my opinion waving proposals through unchallenged tends to lead to bad decision making.

    Never mind, if Dante is proven right there is a spot in the eighth circle of Hell in which a lake of boiling tar has been especially reserved for crap councillors to spend eternity.

  6. Anne Romaine
    August 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Maybe Sam should start his own “I want to be a Councillor” party. Who knows who might join him.

    • August 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      Thats a very good idea Anne. Any one what to join in with Sam.??

  7. August 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Sorry Black Balaclava but Sam has stood for UKIP before (along with many other parties). I believe he’s only got the Tories and Independent Group of Councillors to go then he’s been a member of the lot!

    I stand corrected. Shocked, but corrected.

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