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Cllr. Tom DeftyPredictions coming true

The news that South Tyneside councillor Tom Defty has left the Independent Alliance on our council comes as no surprise to me, I was predicting way back in February 2006 that solicitors would be preparing divorce papers, and there have been a few since then!

Tom Defty however makes a pertinent and serious point about the way that the Independent Alliance is now operating in the same manner as many other political parties. He reflects the views that I expressed in March of this year, and I think it’s time now that the main opposition group on South Tyneside Council legitimised their presence by registering themselves with the Electoral Commission, in exactly the same way as the smaller Progressive Association has done.

I think, now that they have grown in numbers (a little) we deserve to be offered full transparency about their assets, fund raising, expenditure, and accounts. They clearly print literature to a common standard (as political parties do), they clearly select candidates to a common purpose and standard (as political parties do), they clearly have some form of discipline within the council chamber (as political parties do), they have officers and a secretary (as political parties do) – in all respects they behave and look like a political party.

In the Shields Gazette article Cllr Jane Branley, the Leader of the Alliance said;

“Everyone’s got to find an excuse to leave a political party, and it seems that Coun Defty has found his.”

So there you are, he left a political party!

Would you agree It’s high time they owned up to the Electoral Commission?

Update

Rossinisbird calls on the Alliance to “do the right thing“.

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Written by curly

June 11, 2008 at 7:55 pm

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  1. I thought Mr Khans statements in the gazette were an absolute disgrace. What an arrogant man he sounds, my mam lives in Jarrow – Cllr Defty has done more for this area than Mr Khan will ever hope to achieve.

    Who will be the next independent to see through the alliance nonsense?

    vicki

    June 12, 2008 at 8:32 pm

  2. I have to agree. Coming from a new member and directed at someone who has many years service as a councillor and was one of the founding members of the Independent Alliance, the comments did appear to be rather disrespectful.

    curly

    June 12, 2008 at 9:03 pm

  3. Curly, you are usually right, so tell us, who will be next and do you think Cllr Defty will fall for malcoms charms?

    vicki

    June 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm


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