Local party leader’s nomination papers lost

Glynn Davies Dear

Glynn Davies-Dear

The leader of Eastleigh Independent Group of Eastleigh Councillors will not be contesting his Eastleigh Central seat in the local elections – much to his own surprise.

Veteran councillor and former Mayor Glynn Davies-Dear has told Eastleigh News that although he had posted his nomination papers three weeks before the closing date, when he  checked the published statement of persons nominated – he name was not on it.

Council officers told Cllr Davies-Dear they had not received his papers and refused a plea to be granted a late entry by flatly stating:

“The deadline… (is) set in law and cannot be extended for any reason, nor is there any mechanism for any late entries to be added to the statement of nominated persons”

The disappointed minority party leader said:

“I would have thought some concession would have been offered after almost 20 years of service.”

Fellow independent councillor Dave Broughton is also unable to defend his Eastleigh South seat due to illness – which means that Eastleigh Local Area Committee will lose its independent members and there is a real prospect that all seats on ELAC will be in Lib Dems with no opposition.

Glynn Davies- Dear along with councillors Andy Moore and Dave Broughton split acrimoniously from the Lib Dems in 2011 to set up the Independent Group of Councillors.

Following Andy Moore’s defeat in the 2011 local elections Glynn Davies-Dear complained about a leaflet distributed by Lib Dem Cllr Keith Trenchard which falsely claimed he had previous experience as a councillor.

The Independent Group also filed a complaint with the electoral commission regarding Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne’s 2010 election expenses – a charge which was dismissed.

Shortly Following the publication of the Independent’s complaints three Lib Dem councillors including Cllr Trenchard followed and filmed Davies–Dear driving an untaxed car – which resulted in the Councillor being censured by the standards committee at a hearing last month.

Two independents Ray Turner and Sam Snook – who are not affiliated to Davies-Dears group – have already announced they will be not standing this year leaving just one independent candidate, Kathy Symonds (who is also not an Independent group member) standing in the borough elections for Eastleigh North.

Cllr Davies-Dear says he is resigned to the situation which sees no Independent Group candidate standing in May:

“We are out of this year’s race. I will consider my options for next year, I have made no decisions at the moment but there is a sense of release from the dirty side of politics with which I have never managed to come to terms.”

Councillor Davies-Dear’s seat will now be disputed by Simon Bancroft for the Lib Dems; Dan Bradbeer for Ukip; Chris Gilkes, Labour; Stuart Jebbitt, Green Party and Michael Read for the Conservatives.

Ironically, Lib Dem candidate Simon Bancroft – who manages the Litten Tree pub in town and hopes to join Keith Trenchard in representing Eastleigh Central – has previously reported Independent Councillor Dave Broughton to the standards committee – although Cllr Broughton was a member of the Lib Dems at the time.

One local councillor was sympathetic to Cllr Davies Dears plight but added off the record:

“As an old hand he should know better than to post his papers.  It’s not as if he lives a long way from the civic offices.”

see also:

Councillor censured 

 Independents twist the knife

 Ex mayor hits out at Huhne

 Councillor jostled in Litten Tree shock

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  26 comments for “Local party leader’s nomination papers lost

  1. April 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    When I stood for election recently, I was told to go to the Civic Offices and hand my nomination papers in personally. So that’s what I did…

  2. Sam Snook
    April 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    In Eastleigh South Ward the best man for the job is Peter Luffman. Forget what the Lib Dems say-they want to build on Stoneham Park.
    Elect Peter Luffman and we will have strong voice on the council. I’m sure I made the right decision standing down and I hope my friends would agree and vote for Peter Luffman
    on May 3rd 2012.

    Sam Snook

  3. pianoman
    April 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    No doubt all of those who signed his nomination papers will be outraged. I hope we will see then leaving their views here and getting in touch with the council to register their concern.

  4. Peter Stewart
    April 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    No doubt all of those who signed his nomination papers will be outraged. I hope we will see then leaving their views here and getting in touch with the council to register their concern.

    If you are going to post your nomination papers then do so well in advance and phone to make sure they have arrived. Then you will always have time to get another set drawn up if needs be.

  5. Keith House
    April 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Without wishing to challenge Cllr Davies-Dear’s account, there are some unusual statements here.
    Firstly, nomination papers were not even issued three weeks before nominations closed.
    Secondly, if has been reported that the councillor planned to submit nomination papers later in the week, thinking nominations were open until Thursday.
    Finally, Cllr Davies-Dear was at a meeting in the Civic Offices on 27th March when he could easily have handed nomination papers in.

  6. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    April 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    For the sake of clarification it was on April 6 that GDD stated he had posted the papers ‘some three weeks ago’ from Ringwood.

    Whatever happened to his papers, and whatever the taxation status of his car might be, I think he provided a vital and clear voice of dissent in the chamber and on ELAC.

  7. E J Smith
    April 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    This cannot be viewed as anything other than suspicious. The Lib Dems have control over all aspects of the Council – including employees in the election office. The fact that Cllr House has thought it necessary to comment is also worrying. Lib Dems do not like opposition of any sort and, as demonstrated by the car taxation issue, will stoop to considerable lows to discredit a worthy opponent.

    Democracy in Eastleigh appears to be in danger.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I can understand peoples suspicions – and I’m sure that the Lib Dems are happy to see Cllr Davies-Dear is not standing – but it is wrong to accuse council officers of collusion.
      I’m sure sure you will find that not all Council officers vote Lib Dem and as in all walks of life there are probably those who don’t even vote or have the remotest interest in local politics!

  8. Peter Stewart
    April 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Nomination papers were available for downloading from the Electoral Commission long BEFORE the election was declared and therefore BEFORE nomination papers could be issued by Eastleigh’s Electoral Department.

    The danger comes if nomination papers are filled in and submitted to Eastleigh’s Electoral Department BEFORE the election has been declared, since such papers would be as invalid as those submitted AFTER the final date for submissions.

  9. Brian Norgate
    April 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    In the 2005 General election following a review of the Labour Party election returns Eastleigh council officers complained to the Electoral Commission that the Labour Party had failed to supply wet ink signed election returns for the Candidate and agent.
    The Labour Party had completed all the paper work and had it double checked by the regional officers, we gave a cover sheet with all the documents supplied to EBC officers however it appeared that two disputed documents had gone missing.
    EBC confirmed to the electoral commission that they had done a through investigation in searching and double checking the council offices and were positive the two missing documents were not presented under the election rules.
    We complained through friends in Parliament to the electoral commission and on another search EBC then told the Electoral commission that one of the missing wet ink signature forms had turned up,
    EBC declined to say where it had been found or who found it but it had been at EBC all the time.
    Yes that’s EBC – a fiefdom for the Lib Dems, with their mini ‘Pravda’ as Eric Pickles called the Borough News.
    Not everything is as it seems at EBC.

  10. Thomas
    April 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    UKIP believe that local councils should be
    set free to provide quality public services
    that meets the needs of Local People.


  11. Sam Snook
    April 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Nigle Farage is the voice of common sense.

    When he stands up to the unelected imposters
    of the EU Parliament, he speaks for us all.

    Such a pity that our current Government feels
    unable to do the same.
    Sam Snook

  12. Peter Stewart
    April 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Firstly, speaking as a UKIP activist with some considerable involvement with the Electoral Department at EBC over the years, in my experience, provided forms are readable and clearly not fraudulent (or liable to be interpreted as such) they are accepted. There is considerable leeway in the law and I’ve always found the workers in the Electoral Department are highly efficient and sensible in the interpretation of what might seem on occasions to be silly rules. So well done the Election Department at EBC.

    Secondly I personally do not believe councils should be “set free”, if this means we have private tendering and profit based contracts for public services. I remember clearly when we had in-house services and how much better they were when the workers felt part of a team and there was an wealth of accumulated experience to get the job done properly. I know the workers these days do a good job under the pressures imposed on them by contracts and competition, but we have lost a lot by contracting out. This has all happened as a result of the EU “procurement” directives (a means by which our EU competitors are able to muscle in on British contracts).

  13. Sam Snook
    April 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    UKIP has ousted the Lib Dems
    as the third most popular
    political Party, a SUN POLL

  14. maureen
    April 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Sam certainly seems fickle. A few posts ago he was supporting Peter Luffman – now it’s UKIP – I can’t keep up!!

    • Stephen Slominski
      April 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      My guess (although this is only a hunch) is he will be supporting Pete Luffman and Labour in the locals and Nigel Farage and Ukip in the bye-election (if it happens).

    April 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I’m not supporting Peter Luffman.
    What I’saying is the best person to help
    local residents stop the Lib Dems building on our countryside is Peter Luffman
    If I had stood as a Independent and the Lib Dems won the seat they would be delighted.

    What’s your opinion Maureen?

    • maureen
      April 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      No opinion, I’m lost. What I will say is get rid of the Lib Dems and elect a councillor who wants to represent the views of decent and honest local people. Oh, but not a one trick pony like UKIP.

  16. Charlie
    April 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Sam certainly seems fickle. A few posts ago he was supporting Peter Luffman — now it’s UKIP — I can’t keep up!!

    If memory serves me correctly, it’s not that long ago that Sam stood as a Lib Dem. And as a Tory. And for Labour.

  17. Peter Stewart
    April 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

    There is nothing wrong with Sam voting tactically. It is all may have left in a political monopoly.

    Sam has always openly declared that if he got elected, he would never take payment.

    How many people do YOU know, who put in UNPAID work for their local community as Sam does?

    Sam loves Eastleigh. He does NOT love the vision of being a councillor. His only reason for wanting to get elected is to serve the people of South Ward and Eastleigh.

    In the past Sam was a staunch labour man and shop steward. While Tories may hate that idea, it’s that kind of person South Ward needs if the people are to be represented over and above the interests of big business.

    Sam has always loved Britain and voted NO in the 1975 referendum on staying in the EU. As time went on, like millions of Britons, he was faced with the difficulty of seeing his own party betray him and the country. Like many people Sam is realizing there is only one party which is both true to its principles and also represents what is best for British interests: UKIP.

    UKIP has a full manifesto and leaves local councillors free to act in the best interests of the community. Sam has many ideas for local action and would make as good a councillor as any.

  18. Sam Snook
    April 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Maureen or Charlie
    What kind of person are you.
    I stood down to help get rid of a Lib Dem
    but thats not right in your book.
    You don’t like UKIP
    You don’t like Lab
    You dont like Lib Dems
    AH<<<<<<<<<<Your a Tory
    Local Campaigner
    Sam Snook.

  19. Stuart Jebbitt
    April 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    The Lib Dems are winning these seats with only a small portion of the electorate. 70% are not voting at all which is a very sorry state of affairs. One thing seems clear – We are all appalled at the over development of Eastleigh. The day might come where we need to put aside our individual party loyalties and co-ordinate our opposition before Eastleigh becomes a faceless concrete jungle. Stoneham Park needs protecting. Grantham Green was saved (for now) but these developers never give up, especially when there’s a weak minded one party council in charge.
    Toynbee road would now be rabbit hutch flats had the residents not stood firm and refused to sell – even to very lucrative offers.
    I am standing in Central Eastleigh for the Green Party. I am a professional community worker of many years experience and would be on the side of the people, not outside interests.
    I am also a regular reader of Eastleigh news – a valuable independent voice away from the constant propaganda we get from EBC. Keep up the good work!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Send some stuff over and a piccy too Stuart – we’ll try and raise your profile in the interests of fair play.

      • Stuart Jebbitt
        April 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        Will do.

  20. Peter Stewart
    April 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Stuart, the LibDems are winning DESPITE the political apathy, not because of it. They deserve to win. If anyone else deserved to win, they would win.

    The apathy has arisen because voters can no longer effect political change by voting Conservative or Labour. Both these parties have a policy of handing over control of Britain to a bunch of globalist foreigners in Europe.

    We have been governed by the same policies since 1973. It makes no difference whether you vote Conservative or Labour because you still get the same thing: EU globalism. No wonder people have stopped voting.

    Thankfully, as the situation deteriorates, people become more motivated to vote for parties like UKIP. We can see how the Tories’ share of the vote is falling while UKIP’s is rising. UKIP is ahead of the LibDems nationally.

    Because of this apathy, and because so many true conservatives are voting UKIP, it means the only way Tory leaders will ever get into office in the future, is by crawling on their knees to the LibDems (or maybe even Labour). Hah! You laugh! I can HEAR you laughing. You say to yourselves that there is no way the Tories would ever form a coalition with Labour. Hmm! Hmm! Thrice Hmm! Is that not what we said just before the Tories formed that most unholy of alliances with the LibDems, their hated arch enemies? Oh what brazen Tory hypocrisy we see before us. And it will only get worse as UKIP continues (for EVER) to scupper Tory chances.

    Funny thing is, all the Conservatives need to win hands down, is to steal UKIP’s core policies.

  21. Sam Snook
    April 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    South Ward focus said:”Darshan Mann WILL speak up and is up for the job.Perhaps he might like
    visit South Ward residents-he may help us Save
    Stoneham Park.We have not seen Darshan Mann or
    Paul Bicknell if you have, please let me know.
    Sam Snook

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