Former Penarth Mayor Cllr Martin Turner (left) and Mrs Dorothy Turner (right) taking part in an Alice in Wonderland "Mad Hatter's Tea Party" organised by Ceri Lambert at the Kymin in 2014,

The Looking Glass War: As Penarth Mayor in 2014/15 Cllr Martin Turner (left) and Mayoress Mrs Dorothy Turner (right) took part in an Alice in Wonderland “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” organised by Ceri Lambert (2nd from left) at the Kymin.The role of the Mad Hatter was played by entertainer and magician Jasper Blakeley.

There  have been more developments in the on-going saga of the influential Turner family’s take-over of the local Conservative Party.

After a complex series of what some might see as Machiavellian maneuverings, the family now has near-total control of the local Conservative Party and its councillors.

In a formal meeting of the dwindling Conservative Group on Penarth Town Council  yesterday,  it’s understood that Councillor Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)  [who is chairman of the Penarth Conservative Branch]  has now –  with the support of colleague Cllr Wendy van den Brom (Conservative Plymouth Ward) –  voted himself in as Leader of the Conservative Group on Penarth Town Council.

Cllr Wendy van den Brom (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Wendy van den Brom (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Only two votes were cast for Cllr Turner – his own, and that of Cllr van den Brom. Both are members of the present Penarth Town Council.

In a second round of voting, Cllr Wendy van den Brom was then elected as the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group – a position previously held by Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) .

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

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Ernest has already announced that on May 4th he will stand as an Independent candidate in Plymouth Ward for the new Vale of Glamorgan Council and will also stand as Conservative Plymouth Ward candidate for the new Penarth Town Council.

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

As previously reported, Cllr Martin Turner is to stand for election to the new Vale of Glamorgan Council as a Conservative candidate for the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth  and will also stand for election as a Penarth Town councillor to represent Plymouth Ward.

Cllr Turner’s wife Dorothy Turner [who is chair of the Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative Association]  is to stand for election as a Conservative candidate for the new Vale of Glamorgan Council in the Cornerswell Ward of Penarth.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

As previously reported by PDN , incumbent Vale of Glamorgan Conservative councillor Clive Williams MBE  was controversially “de-selected” in a Conservative “selection meeting” in November last year.

This was a meeting  at which four members of the Turner family allegedly cast votes for three family members to stand for election in May as party candidates for the new Vale of Glamorgan Council .

Cllr and Mrs Turner’s daughter, Mrs Kathryn McCaffer, was selected as a new Conservative candidate to contest the Plymouth Ward for the new Vale of Glamorgan Council. A Conservative Party spokeswoman said afterwards “The selection was carried out in a fair and open manner in accordance with the rules.”

Cllr Williams will now be standing for election in May as an Independent candidate for both the new Vale of Glamorgan Council and the new Penarth Town Council.

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  1. Paul Fenton says:

    I can’t believe the Tories have pressed the self destruct button at such a crucial time. The Labour Party is falling apart before your very eyes and all the Tories can do is have this powere struggle from what on the face of it looks like the mini mafia Turner family ousting stalwarts Williams and Ernest both of whom have been Conservative councillors for donkey years. The whole situation stinks. As for the latest voting of two for the Leader and Deputy you couldn’t make it up. It’s like a Monty Python script!!!

    • Keith Stevens says:

      Agree – What a shambles – disgusting and disturbing ? The people of Penarth need to make stand and use their voting powers – NO TO THE MAFIA TURNERS ?

      • Dr Ceinwen Sawyer says:

        I agree with the comments. This ‘Mafia’ family don’t have anything about them that looks at all appealing. Old-hat, washed-out, all white, pretentious, underhanded, sneaky… this the best that Penarth can produce? Don’t we have any younger, more cosmopolitan, outward-looking, highly educated, charismatic younger Conservatives? People with style, well-placed enthusiasm, articulate, honest and visionary. The Turner families antics appear Russian in their plotting and scheming.

  2. I think the remaining Tories need to consider how their actions look from the outside.

  3. Mike baker says:

    What on earth is going on? it has all the appearance of a coup !!

  4. Richard says:

    “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
    “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
    “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
    “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

  5. Tony Harris says:

    I think the coup de grace will be on May 4th when voters have their chance to make their feelings known. If you can’t be bothered to vote don’t complain afterwards.

  6. Arthur King says:

    It must be remembered that Anthony Ernest has never represented any of the Penarth wards on the current Vale of Glamorgan Council. Between 1999 and 2012 he represented Sully ( as well as St Augustine ward on Penarth Town Council). Did the interests of Sully and Penarth always the same? If not where did his loyalties lie? Can we hear from him as to whether he is serious in intending to stand in two different capacities.

  7. Kim Jong Turner and his family know that all the huff , puff a bluster about their ‘corrupt’ antics will not be reflected in the ballot boxes in May. They confident in relying on the lethargy and indifference from the average person in Penarth and this being reflected in the voting . To display such an obvious and wanton display of corruption by the Turners to the voters only clarifies the contempt they clearly hold the average voter in . Are they right to recognise the apathetic voters that will not stand in their way…………………we await the results to see if they were right or wrong.

    • Dr Ceinwen Sawyer says:

      So Andrew let’s do out bit to make sure that people vote on May 4th. Email, FB and all the other modern communication systems need to be employed to cajole our friends and family into saying NO to the Turners.

  8. Lizzyloo says:

    Where is the Leader of the Conservatives (Wales) in all this? How can he be allowing the Turner family to ride roughshod and force themselves on Penarth like this? This latest farce is beyond belief, Mr Turner voting himself and seconded by his NOW deputy, scandalous!!! I see the Turner daughter is now promoting herself along with Mr Grey, ready for the elections. I hope the people of Penarth do turn out on voting day to stop this farce happening.

  9. Arthur King says:

    Penarth has happily voted for Labour’s Birch dynasty for years.

    • Paul Fenton says:

      I agree. Spot on with your observations. Unhealthy, especially planning committee majority.

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