The new independent party Penarth First Independents – which has 5 candidates standing in Penarth in the May 4th Local Government Elections – has hit back at claims made by Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) that the group has had “informal discussions with Labour as to the possibility of joining forces” .
In a press release issued yesterday Cllr Ernest had alleged that Penarth First Independents were considering “the possibility of joining forces with Labour “.
Today the Leader of the Penarth First Independents – Cllr Clive Williams (Independent Plymouth Ward) has issued a statement rebutting Cllr Ernest’s allegations.
Cllr Williams says “I have known Anthony Ernest for over 30 years and witnessed his twists and turns to put his personal ambition above every thing else, but I cannot believe he would be so desperate to post such an outrageous article.”
He goes on to say “To state I have had any form of dealings with Labour is outrageous even by Anthony’s standards, and totally unfounded. I have never attacked other parties as there are more important issues, but I am lowering my self to these gutter type comments on behalf of my fellow candidates who Antony has attacked without even knowing them. He [ Cllr Ernest] has no proof or reason to say this except for the fact Victoria Humphries [ a Penarth First Independent candidate who was formerly a member of the Labour party] is a very capable candidate, and he is concerned at the election outcome.”
In a personal attack upon Cllr Ernest, Cllr Williams says “How low, deceitful, underhanded can one individual be? I know his nature and that is why he is not a member of Penarth First.”