Ross England was involved in the joke "post-it" note which was affixed to the car of Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) which was parked outside the Vale Conservative offices in Barry

Vale of Glamorgan Conservative Assembly candidate  Ross England was involved in a joke “post-it” note which was affixed to the car of Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) which was parked outside the Vale Conservative offices in Barry

With local council elections due in May 2017 –  and a General Election now likely later this year  –  party organisers are said to be struggling to assemble shortlists of credible and able candidates.

PDN has been told there is a particular problem in the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth. In the Vale of Glamorgan, the Conservative Party has confirmed that Ross England – who was selected  as its  candidate in last month’s Assembly elections (but lost to incumbent Labour AM Jane Hutt) –  has been suspended whilst a disciplinary inquiry is carried out .

Conservative candidate Ross England came within 777 votes of winning.

Conservative candidate Ross England came within 777 votes of winning an Assembly seat  – but later apologised for foul language in a public tweet during the European Referendum campaign .

England’s day-job was as an aide to the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns who is MP for the Vale of Glamorgan in  Westminster.

England was  also an organiser for the European Referendum Vote Leave campaign  – taking the opposite view to his boss who supported “Remain”. 

WalesonLine reported that a front page of The Sun newspaper – (supporting the Leave campaign) had been displayed in front window of Cairns’s constituency window . England claimed it had been left there by an “over-enthusiastic activist”.  England was also alleged to have used foul language in a now-removed “tweet” to Remain campaigners.

The incident follows a row earlier this year over England’s involvement in the placing of a a  fake “parking ticket” placed on the car of Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) when it was parked near the Barry Conservative offices – an incident out of which neither party emerged with much credit.(See PDN and )

PDN has been told there is now a wider problem faced by local Conservative Party officials in finding and selecting good candidates to stand for election at all levels .

As previously reported by PDN councillors elected next May’s Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town Council elections will hold office for a period of 5 years.

Some insiders are now highly critical of the practice (indulged in by all the main parties including Labour ) of selecting “paper candidates” – candidates who agree to stand for election for council seats but who actually have no serious intention of getting involved in council work after being elected.  Councillors can currently fail to attend council meetings for as long as 6 months without losing their seats.

So far the Conservative Party is understood not to have provisionally-selected any candidates for any of the seats in next May’s council elections beyond those already held by party incumbents .

Earlier this year a Conservative Party £12-a-head fish-and-chip supper, trawling for new candidates, is said to have identified several potential new council candidates for Cardiff council seats – but none for the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth councils.


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  1. ak says:

    Hopefully it will lead to an increase in independent candidates who will stand to make a difference in the local area, rather than banging on the party political drum at every turn.

    • newsnet says:

      AK: If any independent candidates wish to stand for election in Penarth for seats on either the Vale of Glamorgan Council or Penarth Town Council PDN is ready to report their activities and publish any statements they may wish to make.

    • Paul says:

      I have been thinking about this over the last week or so. I think the political scene in the uk would be massively enriched by independents at every level but I keep wondering in practise how would an independent representative achieve anything?

      Would anything they propose be knocked back because it didn’t come from a party member, or would any independent vote be worthless if other members simply vote based on party lines.

      I would like to think that representatives always strive to do their best for the electorate but so often good ideas seem to get lost somewhere because of this.

  2. Lindsay says:

    A shortage of “credible and able” candidates? Surely not. What an opportunity for the malcontents on here to display their talents to good effect.

  3. Christopher David says:

    Come on independents.

  4. Ian Perry says:

    A person standing as an “independent” may be no more or less competent that someone standing with a political party.

    The infighting of the Tory Party has spread throughout the nation. It is true that the main parties have attracted people who should not hold political office. It is also true that people vote for political parties without considering who the candidate is, and hence we have some pretty terrible MP’s at Westminster – and some of these take senior posts in government. We do need massive change, starting with electoral reform.

    • Paul says:

      Out of curiosity, did you think that the “every vote counts” approach was a better way to run things?

      • Ian Perry says:

        That’s a very good question! 🙂

        My answer is that we need to present people with truths. We’ve had a referendum where two warring sides of the Conservative Party have made exaggerated claims, and one side has blatantly lied. This is why we are hearing about so much “Bregret”.

        An issue such as membership of the EU should never have been put to the electorate. Having made that mistake, people should have been presented with facts that both factions of the Tory Party had to agree were true.

        I expect that Boris will lose his seat at the next general election – even if he is PM at the time.

  5. Paul says:

    He sounds like a bit of a joker, and we have enough of those already. We all know the Tory party struggles to find candidates in Wales, they aren’t exactly the most popular party around and nothing happening in Westminster right now is going to boost their popularity. But no one told me they were holding fish and chip auditions! Was this does in the queue waiting for the cod at the 6pm rush or did they wait until the pubs kicked out?

  6. Martin Coffee says:

    £12 for fish and chips is totally excessive. It’s less than half that in Spoons including a drink. It’s no wonder this country is in such a mess if political people think that £12 is the going rate..

  7. penarthblog says:

    I would be tempted to stand but personal circumstances prevent me from doing so. A lucky escape for the people of Penarth?? Lol!

  8. Christopher David says:

    Yes Horrid Torrie, you have record of spouting off blind.

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