Mrs Dorothy Turner a former Vale of Glamorgan councillor has been re-elected as chair of the Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative Association

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.

Cllr Ben Gray (centre) is also chair of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Planning Committee

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.

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  1. perry mccarthy says:

    I’m anti labour ,especially in Penarth , they do absolutely nothing for Penarth ! But to suggest they cleverly posted candidates is a myth ! Ian Buckley (labour) is a close personal friend of mine and a well well respected member of the Penarth community ,second to none ! He would have been elected in this town even if he had represented the Nazi party !! Just you wait till his feet are firmly under the table of this poor poor labour council ..

  2. Christine Rowlands says:

    Labour’s clever campaign. That’s something I thought I’d never read on here.

  3. Chris David says:

    I hope you’re right- but the radicals always seem to end up going out with a simper. But is Mr Buckley a radical? He’s Labour and that’s simply dictatorial!

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