Candidate not backed by independent councillors

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


INDEPENDENT councillors on the Isle of Wight have distanced themselves from a decision by the Association of Island Independents to select a convicted drink driver as a candidate for the next election.

Members of the ruling County Hall group were not involved in the selection of Wendy Cook, which was announced last week.

Her selection, just weeks after she was banned from driving for 58 months for drink drive offences, prompted an outcry over the weekend, prompting independent Isle of Wight councillors to speak out.

Isle of Wight Council executive member for public protection Cllr Phil Jordan said members of the ruling group found out about the selection after seeing the story on the County Press website.

He said the group was not linked to the association and was unanimous in not supporting Ms Cook’s general election candidacy.

The association, which was formed following the May 2013 election, is due to meet this week to discuss Ms Cook’s candidacy.

Writing on the association's website chairman Peter Whiteman said the association's function was initially to support the elected members, advise them if required and to form links with business associations.

He said: "Since then, our emphasis has changed and broadened as an association to promote Independent governance founded on the Bell Principles for the Isle of Wight at all levels and support both existing and potential candidates in any way we can.

"Our constitution does not allow us to dictate, pressurise or make decisions for elected members — their independence is sacrosanct."



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by david wright

24th April 2014, at 13:18:30

Drink drive once a mistake possibly.

Drink drive twice would you trust her judgement???

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

24th April 2014, at 12:03:40

surely the questiuon here should be why the Independent Association, mostly made up of non elected ex councillors or failed councillors (like Heather Humby) who were supposed to be utilising their centuries of knowledge of how not to run a council to help the new, so called 'Indpendents Not A Party' made up mostly of previlously failed councillors or councillors with different hats on.

Hw can the Independents Assocition dictate who the 'Independents' chosen candidate will be...surely the Independent Councillors (those elected to represent us) should chose.

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by David Blackford

24th April 2014, at 07:49:19

Tony - I am just proud to be English.
And your other rather rude insinuation - NO

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

23rd April 2014, at 20:54:06

PJ i have no point to explain to you, my original point was if you have read all the threads was what a flag pole has to do the context of this post .

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by Debbie Shipley

23rd April 2014, at 20:46:15

Mike Crowe, yes I agree with you re leading by example, so why are the MP's still in parliament and not been prosecuted for theft? Yes I do have children, where is the relevance to being a paedophile come into this case? Totally different to DD I feel don't you? I see that somebody has made a comment about it possibly being a publicity stunt but from the rubbish I'veseen from some comments about a flag pole I would say the same for them! I really feel that everyone has made mistakes small and large and everyone is entitled to their own opinions and therefore does it really need to be dragged out by a small minority of people that have nothing better in their lives to talk about others misfortunes! Thankfully nobody was hurt in this case but there are alot more people out there STILL drink driving and will continue as they feel they are untouchable. I still do not see how this lady would not be a suitable candidate as this does not impact on her decisions she would make to benefit us?

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by Peter Jeffery

23rd April 2014, at 20:33:41

Tony T Jnr
I am not sure what your problem is with showing a flag on St George's Day, and what it has to do with Christmas lights ?
Perhaps you could explain your point ?

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

23rd April 2014, at 16:39:57

Good for you DB do you illuminate your house externally around the xmas period as well ?

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by David Blackford

23rd April 2014, at 16:21:52

PS mine is up in my front garden

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by David Blackford

23rd April 2014, at 16:21:08

Tony - where did you put your flag up

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

23rd April 2014, at 14:36:31

Nicely put JA that should keep the Flag wavers quiet for abit.

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