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.
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) .
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.
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.
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.