Wednesday, May 30, 2007
A COUNCILLOR was convicted of beating up his Ukrainian-born wife after smearing her face with curry during a drink-fuelled argument. Hartlepool borough councillor Trevor Rogan grabbed his wife by the throat, hit her, twisted her arm and pulled her hair during the attack in the early hours of October 22 last year.
Rogan last night vowed to appeal against his conviction after magistrates refused to believe his version of events. His wife, Irina, 33, said she was left frightened by the attack, and may leave the town to start a new life. Rogan, 53, of John Howe Gardens, Hartlepool, pleaded not guilty to common assault, claiming he had restrained his wife after she began attacking him.
(Hat Tip: Barnsley Nationalist)
A former Derby City Council leader has been given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for a year for indecently assaulting a seven-year-old boy. Maurice Burgess, 58, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to assaulting the boy 23 years ago.
The court heard the former Liberal Democrat councillor had a similar conviction dating back to 1971. He was leader of the council from 2003 until July 2005 and an Abbey ward councillor until May 2006.
(Hat tip: Julian Leppert)
Friday, May 18, 2007
Residents say they're upset he campaigned in their streets. Jean Bartlett, chairwoman of the Aylesbury Estate's tenants' and residents' association, said: "I'm horrified. I let him into my home.Lots of people are going to be very upset about this. "We trust these people and they campaign on our estates."
Lindon campaigned across London as Lib Dem spokesman on gay and lesbian issues.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The 65-year-old county councillor was banned for six months in March by Towcester magistrates after admitting travelling at 37mph in his Jaguar XJ6 in a 30mph zone in Wellingborough.
More on this miscreant here
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Sajid Mehmood, 35, stood in the Park Ward, coming second with 1,147 votes to Labour's Arshad Mahmood who polled 1,500 votes.
According to reports today, Calderdale Council's chief executive and returning officer Paul Sheehan has sent a letter to every candidate who stood in the ward on May 3 stating that Mr Mehmood was not eligible to stand for election.
It said: "Information has come to my attention that one of the candidates, Sajid Mehmood, was not qualified to stand for the election because when he gave his consent to nomination as a candidate it included a statement as to his qualification for being elected, and in fact Mr Mehmood was disqualified from being a candidate because he has been convicted of an offence for which he received a term of imprisonment of three months or more."
The Respect Party claim to fight against electoral fraud and malpractice.
Mr Sheehan's letter also explained that under the terms of the Representation of the People Act 1983 an election petition could now be brought to challenge the election, this must be 21 days from the date of the election.
Legal costs in doing so can reach high levels.
Tim Swift, the newly elected leader of the Labour group on Calderdale Council, said: "I cannot see any grounds for challenging the result - we won convincingly."
But Paul Rogan, chairman of the Bradford and Calderdale branch of the English democrats, said he has alerted his national party officers.
"I hope that they will be able to instigate a petition so that the election can be rerun fairly and
Leader of the council Ann McAllister declined to comment saying the matter was "procedural" rather than political.
Mr Mehmood, who is married with five children, was a Labour Party member in the late 1990s but stood for the Conservatives in Mixenden in 2002.
He was the former chief executive of Calderdale Advice Centre in Halifax and runs a grocery shop on Gibbet Street. He is a parent governor at Mount Pellon Junior and Infant School.
A police spokesman said: "A 35-year-old man from the St Johns area of Calderdale has been arrested on suspicion of making a false declaration. He was released on bail pending further inquiries."
A Respect spokesman said: "If the returning officer is correct and the police charge him then that is that, but we impose the strictest possible standards on all our candidates. Respect has led the fight against electoral fraud and malpractice."
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Monday, May 07, 2007
Grell, 28, has been charged under the Representation of the People Act 1983 with making a false statement about the character or conduct of her opponent, the Liberal Democrat Barry Smith.
Grell is accused influencing the 2005 election by calling Smith a paedophile and claiming that he slept with under-age Thai boys.
Appearing in court on 17 April, Grell emphatically denied the charges.
She said in a statement on her website: “I am extremely grateful for the strong backing of my colleagues in the local, regional and national Labour party; colleagues from other political parties; and colleagues of no political party, for their firm and unequivocal support regarding this situation.
I have had to live with various attempts to smear my good name since last year’s election. Despite this, I have got on with the job that the good people of Leyton ward elected me to do, which has been to serve you in our community and in our town hall.”
Her court appearance was supported by dozens of community activists and politicians, including her local MP Harry Cohen, and gay rights activists.
The hardworking Grell has built up a popular reputation in her local Leyton ward, as well as nationally, and is widely tipped to play a prominent role in national politics in the future.
She currently works as a researcher to London deputy mayor Nicky Gavron.
Smith, a former local cabinet member, lost his 600-vote majority last year, when Grell took one of three ward seats from the LibDems for the first time in twenty years.Published: 03 May 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
A TOP Tory has escaped jail for downloading internet child porn. Teacher Robert Dockerill, 31, a former chairman of Erewash Conservative Association in Derbyshire, had 172 indecent images. Some were on a computer at Loughborough Grammar School, Leics, where he worked. He was given a 36-month rehabilitation order.
36 month rehabilitation order for downloading child porn and this guy has previous.
A former teacher at a Leicestershire school has appeared in court accused of indecently assaulting two girls. Robert Dockerill, who used to be deputy head of the sixth form at Loughborough Grammar School for boys, denied the charges at Derby Crown Court. The former Conservative councillor on Erewash Borough Council, is formerly of Cumber Street, Long Eaton but now lives in the north of England.
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