The Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative Association – meeting in Penarth last night – is understood to have re-elected Mrs Dorothy Turner (wife of Cllr Martin Turner of Penarth Town Council) as the chair of the association .
Mrs Turner stood for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council in the Cornerswell Ward last year but was not successful.
Elected “Deputy Chair Political” is Lee Grant Gonzalez . Mr Gonzales stood for election as a member of Cardiff Council last year in the Cyncoed Ward of Cardiff but was pipped at the post by Lib/Dem candidate Bablin Molik . He ended up in 5th position (just behind fellow Conservative Lee David Canning – also unelected) and was 36 votes short of winning one of the three council seats at stake in Cyncoed.
The Deputy Chair Membership and Finance for the Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative Association is to be Cllr Ben Gray who represents the Plymouth Ward of Penarth both on the Vale of Glamorgan Council and on Penarth Town Council. [ Mrs Dorothy Turner’s daughter Mrs Kathryn McCaffer is also a member of both councils and also represents Plymouth Ward]
Cllr Gray has also been elected as chairman of the Penarth Conservative Branch – a position formerly occupied by Cllr Martin Turner.
The Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative Association has come in for criticism because of its alleged failure to prepare for forthcoming local and parliamentary elections anything like early enough.
The association was caught on the hop by Theresa May’s decision to call a General Election at short notice on April 18th 2017 . With nobody already waiting in the wings, it was not until April 30th that a candidate – Bill Rees – was nominated, leaving him with insufficient time to make an impact in the constituency ahead of polling day.
Similarly in the contest to win control of Penarth Town Council, the Conservative Association – and the Penarth Branch – were caught flat-footed by Labour’s clever voter-personalised leafleting campaign which helped several entirely new Labour candidates win seats and keep the Conservatives out of office in Penarth.