LABOUR COMPLETES ITS LOCAL ELECTION LINE-UP – BUT TORIES ARE STILL TRAWLING

Angela Thomas has been declared as Labour candidate for Penarth's tradtionally Tory Plymouth Ward

Angela Thomas has been declared as Labour candidate in the May 4th elections for the Vale of Glamorgan Council in Penarth’s traditionally Tory Plymouth Ward

It’s understood that the Labour Party has now completed the task of allocating candidates to fight the 8 Penarth seats up for grabs on the Vale of Glamorgan Council  and the 16 available seats on Penarth Town Council in the forthcoming local council elections on May 4th. 

Details of all the candidates who have been nominated for each contest have yet to be announced  – but it has been confirmed that in Penarth’s Plymouth Ward,  the party will be fielding a new candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan Council – who is not at present a councillor .

Labour candidate Angela Thomas is taking on the Tories in Penarth's Plymouth Ward

Labour candidate Angela Thomas is taking on the Tories in Penarth’s Plymouth Ward

She is life-long Penarthian Angela Thomas (pictured above and right) – a single mother with two children  who is from what she describes as a “Labour working class background.”

Ms Thomas says  I am a viable alternative to the 30 years of Conservatives, or Ex-Conservatives now running as Independants.[sic]” .Ms Thomas says “I welcome the news of investment at the play park’s [sic] in Penarth, with the parks in Plymouth ward both being updated very soon. ”

In many cases the candidates in contention will be standing for seats on both the Vale Council and the Penarth Town Council and  – if elected  – will become so-called “dual-hatted” members with a £13,299 a year salaried-seat on the Vale Council and an unpaid seat on Penarth Council .

The Labour list is said to include the majority of the present incumbent Vale of Glamorgan councillors  and Penarth Town councillors. However its understood that at least 3 of the present  Labour Penarth Town councillors will not be standing for re-election in May .

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

In addition, it’s understood that one of best-known Labour councillors, Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines), has opted not to seek re-election to Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Cllr Roberts also, this month, tendered his resignation as the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s trustee director on the board of Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – the not-for-profit organisation which holds a 125 year lease of Penarth Pier Pavilion.

A spokesperson for Penarth Arts and Crafts said Cllr Roberts had resigned for “personal reasons” . Its understood Cllr Roberts – who is a former Mayor of Penarth – is to stand for re-election to Penarth Town Council.

The Conservative Club in Stanwell Road Penarth where a meeting last month failed to identify enough candidates to fight all 16 seats on Penarth Town Council

The Conservative Club in Stanwell Road Penarth where a meeting last month failed to find enough candidates to fight all 16 seats on Penarth Town Council

Meanwhile the Conservative Party – which selected its Vale of Glamorgan Council candidates in a controversial and hotly-disputed selection process in November – is understood to be still searching for sufficient candidates to fight the 16 Penarth Town Council seats.

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 (Plymouth Ward)

One candidate – Cllr Anthony Ernest (who is standing as an Independent candidate for Plymouth Ward for the Vale of Glamorgan Council)  – has already  been selected to stand again as a Conservative Party candidate for Plymouth Ward for Penarth Town Council.

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) - is hoping to win a Vale of Glamorgan St Augustines seat

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (currently one the four Conservative Plymouth Ward councillors on Penarth Town Council) – is said to be aiming to retain his Town Council Plymouth Ward seat but has also been selected to stand as a Conservative candidate in St Augustine’s Ward for the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

It’s understood that other potential candidates are being approached by the party with a view to persuading them to stand for election for the new Penarth Town Council.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (currently Conservative Plymouth Ward) is to stand as a Independent for the Vale Council

Former Conservative Councillor Clive Williams MBE  (the former President of Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative Association ) was controversially de-selected by a small cabal of Tory activists in November and has not been allowed by them to stand for re-election to his long-held Plymouth Ward seat on the Vale of Glamorgan Council .

Cllr Williams this week quit the Conservative Party and is to stand as an Independent candidate for Penarth’s Plymouth Ward  for both the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council in the May 4th local government elections.

Cllr Williams now occupies his current seat on both the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council as an Independent councillor .

A full  list of Plaid Cymru’s contenders for Penarth Town Council has yet to be formally announced.

It’s also understood that more Independent candidates may come forward to stand as  in Penarth Wards. For anyone considering doing so, there is a useful booklet on     http://tinyurl.com/jtr9gvk

 

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6 Responses to LABOUR COMPLETES ITS LOCAL ELECTION LINE-UP – BUT TORIES ARE STILL TRAWLING

  1. Ann Other says:

    Well, its a guy jobb that being aebl to spel is not a kwalificashun for offiss.

  2. Peter Church says:

    I wonder if they will drop Lis Burnett??
    A major liability to Penarth and the Labour party in Penarth.

  3. St Augustine's resident says:

    The residents of St Augustines ward havebeenseriously let down by labour andinparticular their elected representatives who have ifpgnored the “will of the people” who voted on the St Paul’s issue. Now it is to be pulled down and surprise surprise flats built! The only way ( evenfor old labour diehards) for those who believe in doing the right thing is for those responsible to resign and if not for the electorate to use their votes for alternative candidates. So hopefully goodbye Burnet and co!

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