Friday, 25 November 2011

CLLR JOHN WORROW RESIGNS THE WHIP

I see that councillor for Birchington South Ward, John Worrow, recently set up a local blog and has dropped the bombshell today that he is resigning the whip of Thanet's local Conservative group. The implications of this on our 'hung' council could be seismic in that it brings the amount of Labour and Conservative councillors to level pegging with 26 councillors on both sides. Since neither party has a majority, what's to say John's resignation won't lead to a future council leadership struggle? Interesting times indeed. 

Perhaps John's entry to the blogging scene was due to all the glowing adulation he received after being voted TDC's 2nd 'sexiest' councillor here on Thanet Waves back in June. Maybe the allure of social media channels proved so strong that John simply couldn't resist reaching out to his online fanbase. Don't let the newfound fame and independence get to your head, John! I'm kidding, of course, but in all seriousness, please make sure you visit John's blog. It's well worth a read. He accuses the current local Conservative administation of behaving in an "unbending, unrealistic, and unsympathetic manner" particularly towards live animal exports protesters and small business owners within John's Birchington South Ward.

On a separate note, it is refreshing to see local councillors engaging with their constituents through the medium of blogging. I honestly think that the majority of councillors should embrace blogging as it is undeniably good for democracy and enables voters to find out more about their elected representatives. To their credit, Thanet Labour Group have been using the Thanet Lab blog in a very collaborative fashion to air the views of a number of Labour councillors. In fact, according to my analysis, 14 local Labour councillors out of a potential 26 have either contributed to or ran a local Thanet blog of their own.

It's just a shame that the local Conservative group don't appear to have been as unified in their embrace of blogging. At the moment, we have Simon Moores and Ken Gregory. They could've had John Worrow joining their ranks but his resignation now means that only 2 Tory councillors out of a potential 26 are now blogging. Well, I suppose it's a start, isn't it?!

21 comments:

  1. This man? was looking for an excuse to 'resign' the group whip

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  2. Anon - So what, at leasts he's gone and done it. Good for him.

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  3. Yet again someone uses a political party's machine and name to get elected and then goes off on some personal agenda. Fine, if that is how he feels, but he should resign from the council and test his principles at the polls as an independent. He probably will not because principles are seldom as strong as egos.

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  4. It is good to see a local councillor putting the needs of his constituents above those of party ideology.

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  5. The Conservative press release response is here:

    http://birchington.blogspot.com/p/leaders-response-to-cllr-worrows.html

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  6. John Worrow got over 100 votes more than cabinet member Bruce, a strong personal vote, as did Jack Cohen. It would seem that the party needed Worrow more he needed them.

    Its very hypocritical of Bob Bayford and Simon Moores to protest about John, when they allowed Mike Taylor, who was elected as a Ramsgate First councillor to join the Conservative group. Also Dean McCastree who was elected as an independent. Worst of all was Ken Gregory who went from LABOUR to Tory for no good reason. DOUBLE STANDARDS from those that ignore the people!!!!!!

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  7. Bob Bayford, Sandy Ezekiel and Simon Moores were quite happy for the conservative mayor, that was done for animal cruelty, to change from Tory to independent, because that seemed to suit their agenda. Yet they ask John, who has great principles to stand down, which would cause an expensive by election!!!!

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  8. Forget all the party political opportunism and let the electorate decide if they still want Mr. Worrow under his new banner, whatever that may be. Anyone who is elected under a party label should, by law, be forced to seek re-election if he leaves that party.

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  9. Anon 22:30 It is not really down to Bob Bayford, Sandy Ezekiel, Simon Moores, or anyone else on the council for that matter, to approve or disapprove of a councillor changing sides. It should be solely a matter for the electorate in the said councillors ward. Expense is irrelevant where democracy is at stake and had the councillor died or been otherwise disqualified from holding office, there would be a new election.

    If the good people in Cllr. Worrow's ward want a chance to have their say at the ballot box, then that is what should happen regardless of anyone's agenda.

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  10. John Worrow has been like a breath fresh air blowing through the corridors of TDC.He understands his constituent's needs and addresses them without fear or favour.

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing!

    And I am proud to put my name to my post-Good luck John,the people are with you.

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  11. Let me correct 22:30 by informing him that Ted Watt Ruffell had to resign the Conservative whip 'because' of his RSPCA conviction and has absolutely nothing whatsover with anyone's 'Agenda.'

    In regard to the other names you mention, they stood on independent tickets but if you stand for a Party, it's the Party that sponsors and supports you and pays your election expenses in return for a political commitment. Regardless of whether one is Labour, Conservative or LibDem, the recognised course of action when leaving a party is to allow the electorate demonstrate their support. I think readers might agree that leaving the Party after only six months is somewhat unusual, to say the least and I'm sure many people in Birchington South will feel somewhat aggrieved, given that such a gesture might well lead to the arrival of a Labour council with all the implications that go with it.

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  12. No Ann Adley, you are with him but you cannot speak for the people. Indeed you may well know some who support your view, but I know many Conservative voters in the ward that are extremely angry. What you forget is that John Worrow is supposed to represent all the people, not a handful on a single issue.

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  13. And what do "the people" think of the other reason he's resigned Tom?

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  14. Simon, Ted Watt Ruffell went Independent, after being elected as a Tory, and at the time YOU SAID NOTHING! - if John was only elected coz he was blue, then why did TORY Jo Roberts come last out of the three Tories in Birchington South, including John?. John came first, not coz he was a Tory, it was because, like Independent Jack Cohen, he worked hard and is a nice person. Its called a 'personal vote!

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  15. Tom,
    I believe that John Worrow represents all of the people of Birchington on many issues,not the single one that you hesitate to name i.e. live exports.
    I doubt that he asks or cares what their political allegiance is when they go to him with their concerns.
    I work in Birchington, it's residents are my customers and I have yet to meet one who has expressed any anger,on the contrary they are full of admiration for someone who will speak up for them.

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  16. Ann, I think there must be a lot of clouds and cuckoos in your circuit of Birchington customers, for there are even those in the local party suggesting a meeting to declare their lack of confidence in John as their councillor.

    OK, he can hang on, under existing electoral regulations, until 2015, but it is hardly the truly honest thing to do.

    If you are to be believed, however, why should he not prove his point by calling a bye-election. With you and all your customers he has nothing to fear and can then hold his head up high, elected as John Worrow and not as the Conservative candidate.

    By the way, I don't hesitate to mention live exports, but fail to see it as a party political issue. There are people from all parties that oppose it, not just John Worrow.

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  17. Tom, Sorry but you miss my point.I have not been talking to the local party but to the ordinary everyday people of the village.
    The clouds and cuckoos that you refer to are in fact the electorate,you know,the people who really matter and I'm sure that none of them would be surprised that this is how they are thought of in ''the local party''

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  18. Ann, it is you that miss the point and I do not speak for any official party organisation. I speak of ordinary people living in Birchington who normally vote Conservative. Whether they are paid up members of any party I do not know, but those I know feel they have been misled over their vote.

    Probably the truth of this matter is that we mix in different circles, but they are all people none the less. Furthermore I was not suggesting that it was your customers who are in cloud cuckoo land but you. Unless you take a straw poll of a varied mix of a society you cannot claim any validity for your findings.

    I am simply pointing out that my findings, from neighbouring home owners and friends, are at variance with yours. As such the only fair way to resolve the issue is a bye-election.

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  19. Tom,

    I can only speak for my customers who come from every walk of life,the nature of my business ensures that the World and his wife pass through my door,rich,poor,politician,council leader even.

    How varied a mix of a society does that give me during the course of a day?

    I have no political agenda but have merely stated,objectively I hope,the opinions I have heard from valued customers.

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  20. Fair enough, Ann, but John would still hasve far more credibility in what he hopes to achieve if he offered himself for re-election without the blue rosette.

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  21. I see the good man who puts his electorate first duly voted with Labour to oust the ruling Conservatives. Wonder what the good Tory voters in Birchington think of him now and what he has been promised by Clive Hart for making him king.

    Seems Mr. Worrow's first interest is himself.

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