Cllr Kevin Mahoney the UKIP Vale of Glamorgan Councillor who represents the Sully and Lavernock Ward (adjacent to Penarth) has announced that he is officially to “re-designate” himself tomorrow as an “Independent.”
Cllr Mahoney, a gas engineer by profession, is making the move because he is not prepared to associate himself with what he calls “those personalities described in the media, as candidates, who have been parachuted into Wales by the UKIP hierarchy in order to leapfrog local Welsh-based activists on the regional list for the May Assembly election.”
Specifically Cllr Mahoney does not want to sanction the candidacies of potential UKIP candidates Neil Hamilton, Mark Reckless, or Alexandra Phillips in the forthcoming Welsh Assembly elections coming up in May.
Cllr Mahoney says that “along with the majority of the British public, I despise the political class from all parties. I loathe their sense of entitlement and the fact that they arrogantly view local voters as being there for their own political career enhancement“. He says he had hoped that UKIP would “rise above the political cronyism” but says “I’m afraid that this is not the case.”
Cllr Mahoney says he has always been independent and has never conformed to any whip or party line as a councillor – but when he stood for election in 2012 he “felt it only fair to the voters” to point out his “previous record of standing for election with UKIP in national elections since 2007” as he believes voters normally have no idea of the political allegiances of councillors designated as independents.
[ PDN Note – currently out for consultation are new Welsh Government proposals which would require independents to declare their political allegiances] .
Cllr Mahoney adds that “I will be informing all members of the Vale of Glamorgan branch of my actions and the reasoning behind making them.”