Penarth Town Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is to stand for Plymouth Ward as an Indepepdent candiate for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Counci

Penarth Town Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is to stand for Plymouth Ward as an Independent candiate for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Well known Conservative Penarth Town Councillor – and former Penarth Mayor  – Cllr Anthony Ernest has announced that he will be standing election for the Vale of Glamorgan Council as an Independent candidate in the Plymouth Ward of Penarth.

Cllr Ernest – a former chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan Council –  is the second Penarth Conservative councillor to announce he’s standing as an Independent in May.

Servving Vale Councillor Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) was deselected by a small party cabal in Penarth and is also now standing as an Independent for Plymouth Ward in May's Elections bwuilConservatives as a candidate in

Serving Vale Councillor Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) was deselected by a small party cabal in Penarth and is also now standing as an Independent for Plymouth Ward in May’s Elections

On February 1st Cllr Clive Williams (the long-standing Vale of Glamorgan Conservative Councillor for Plymouth Ward) announced he is to stand for one of the two Plymouth Ward seats in May as an Independent .

The move follows the controversial – and sparsely attended “Selection Meeting” held by the Penarth Conservative Association  held last November to select candidates to contest the 8 Penarth seats representing Penarth Wards on the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

At that meeting three members of the same family – the Turners – ( Cllr Martin Turner – the chairman of the Penarth Branch of the Conservative Association, his wife Dorothy Turner – chair of the Cardiff South and Penarth Association –  and their daughter Mrs Kathryn McCaffer ) voted for each other and were  selected as Vale candidates for the Penarth  Plymouth Ward (Mrs McCaffer) St Augustine’s Ward  (Martin Turner) and Cornerswell Ward (Mrs Dorothy Turner).

Cllr Ernest says “My decision to contest the seat has not been taken lightly, and is a direct result of the outcome of a Selection Meeting held by local Conservatives in November last year, at which my nomination was rejected by the small handful of activists present, four of whom  were members of the same family, and thus, it must be assumed, had ulterior motives to pursue.”

Cllr Ernest says “Those motives were very simply to ensure the selection of  three members of that same family to stand in three separate wards (areas)  of Penarth, thus denying me, as a long-standing sitting Councillor in Plymouth Ward, of the opportunity to continue my committed work for the community.”

Mrs Dorothy Turner was Mayoress of Penarth when her husband Cllr Martin Turner served as Mayor in 2014./15

Mrs Dorothy Turner was Mayoress of Penarth when her husband Cllr Martin Turner served as Mayor in 2014/15. Their daughter Mrs Kathryn McCaffer was selected as one of the two Conservative Plymouth Ward candidates for the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The other candidate selected for Deputy chairman (political) of the Cardiff and Penarth Association and of the Penarth Branch, Ben Gray. Cllr Martin Turner who is chairman of the Penarth Conservaative Association, was selected to stand as Vale candidate for St Augustines and Mrs Turner who is chair of the Cardiff and Penarth Conservative Association was selected as Vale candidate for the Cornerswell Ward

In his  statement released today Cllr Ernest says “It is usually the case for a senior councillor to be re-nominated, especially in Penarth, and the questionable level of attendance at the meeting has shown that the experience and knowledge that I have given over many years to Penarth and the Vale, has failed to be appreciated, at least by the 7 party members who voted at that dysfunctional meeting.”

The Conservative Club in Stanwell Road Penarth where last November's controversial de-selection panel procedure took place

The Conservative Club in Stanwell Road Penarth where last November’s controversial “Selection/Deselection” panel was held. Only 7 people were there -including 4 members of the Turner family.

When questioned about the way in which the November Selection Meeting was conducted,  Denise Howard, the  Conservative Regional Press Officer  issued a one-line statement, simply saying A Conservative spokeswoman saidThe selection was carried out in a fair and open manner in accordance with the rules.”

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Today Cllr Ernest goes on to say “As someone who has lived in Penarth for the whole of my life, was born in Plymouth Ward, has been both a Vale and Town Councillor for several decades, and is active in many Penarth based organisations, I trust that those who know me will appreciate the range of County Council activities that I have been involved with. These include being Chairman (Mayor) of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, at which I met hundreds of local people and represented the Vale of Glamorgan at events in Germany, France and elsewhere, raising thousands of pounds for a number of local charities, having the honour of being Mayor of Penarth on two separate occasions, being Chairman of the South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority for 4 years, and, of course, dealing with a huge range of enquiries from constituents about issues such as Planning, Leisure and Sport, Housing, the Arts, Countryside and Environment and much more.”

He says I cannot allow my considerable service as a Vale Councillor to be closed by petty politics, and for that reason alone I have made the decision to stand as an Independent Candidate in this year’s election. I can promise Penarth residents, whatever their political views, that they will be well served if they lend me their support on May 4th.”



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  1. Chris David says:

    Progress. Would have been better if Cllr Earnest had done this some time ago for “purer” reasons but a step in the right direction. Be-gone the slavish party petit politicians. One in the eye for stitch up merchants whether they be power mad in Penarth of bonkers in Barry.

  2. Tom says:

    I can’t stop laughing about the Turners ‘voting for each other’ at the ‘Selection’ meeting.

  3. Dr Ceinwen Sawyer says:

    Can’t say any of them appeals. Experienced in some ways maybe, but old and tired is how they come over and as for the stitch up, what is this Soviet Russia? Do any of them possess the drive, energy, critical thinking ability, and keen intellect necessary for the position? Not so sure it’s any more than wanting to do to the job whilst other perhaps more astute people are staying away from a poison chalice.

    • Concerned Citizen says:

      But have you not noticed that it is only the ‘old’ (but not always tired and bereft of ideas!) who do any community service activities these days? Most voluntary organisations and charities are full of retired people. Lots of the young, even the unemployed and underemployed with time on their hands do not seem to have any interest in helping out their communities..

  4. Anne Greagsby says:

    A Turner family takeover, how unethical, blatantly age discrimination and nepotism. Cllr Williams and Cllr Ernest are the most active and dedicated Cllrs Penarth has.

    • Jonno says:

      Really? Some mistake surely!

      • David Moorcraft says:

        Some mistake ? Messrs Williams and Ernest ? Any reason ?
        I’m no Conservative but I know Cllr Ernest , a straight hard-working Cllr – and both of them are “known quantities” , whereas – the Turner Family ?

  5. Frank Evans says:

    Excellent the more independents the better. More race horses and less donkeys.

  6. Tony Harris says:

    I’m not sure what Independent means in this case. I suggest a ritual burning of membership cards so there is no backsliding when the pressure in on.
    The local Conservative Party is a busted flush so going independent is the only wayforward but some fresh faces needed.

  7. cariad. says:

    there should never be 3 from the same family standing for office. Nepotism comes to mind and therefore could be anti-democratic.

    • John says:

      I agree, it’s completely ridiculous and makes the ‘party’ look a joke. I’ve never heard of anything so absurd and am surprised it appears to be tolerated. Who would support and respect a decision such as this? Totally unacceptable.

  8. Paul says:

    Nepotism is alive an well, and on that note, I think we should draw a vale over it…

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