Thursday, August 27, 2009

Breaking News - Panama Steve Resigns

This just in from Thanet Labour leader Clive Hart:

For information:

I sent this communication to Cllr. Latchford this morning and he now (12.30pm) confirms that Cllr Broadhurst will be resigning but that the letter of resignation has to be signed by him in person so it may take a little while coming from Panama.

AN OPEN LETTER REGARDING CLLR STEPHEN BROADHURST CONSERVATIVE MEMBER FOR DANE VALLEY WARD

Cllr. Latchford,

As Cllr. Ezekiel is on holiday I address this request to you as the Deputy Conservative Group Leader at Thanet District Council.

At a one-to-one meeting with Cllr. Ezekiel shortly before he left for his holidays I asked him exactly what he was going to do about Cllr. Broadhurst, his apparent lack of availability for the residents of Dane Valley Ward and the excessive time he spends on the other side of the world in Panama? Cllr. Ezekiel responded with the words 'if and when it should become a problem, I'll ask him for his resignation'.

I now write to formally ask that the situation regarding Cllr. Broadhurst and his excessive time spent in Panama be dealt with officially by your group.

For far too long Cllr. Broadhurst has been 'invisible' and 'virtually unobtainable' to the residents of Dane Valley Ward. Labour members from surrounding wards are consequently receiving many requests for help. Indeed, I myself have helped an elderly and distraught lady reporting anti-social behaviour and also dealt with serious issues concerning residents and allotments. Labour members at TDC are rooted in their communities and will not turn their backs on decent local residents with problems, but it is simply appalling that the Conservative councillor Stephen Broadhurst appears to be able to do just that!

Several leading articles exposing the amount of time Cllr. Broadhurst spends in Panama and his apparent lack of response to any type of communication have covered local newspapers and have been posted on the world wide web. These articles reflect poorly on TDC as an authority and also on other decent elected members across Thanet.

Worse still, leading Conservative members at TDC are now making cynical public comments about the situation. On his return from holiday the Conservative Chairman of Planning posted the comment 'Return from somewhere (not Panama)' on his internet blog site and the Conservative Cabinet Member for Customer Services & Business Transformation actually posted a comment on the internet jokingly referring to Cllr. Broadhurst as 'the member for Panama'. Such comments from leading members do absolutely nothing to help the situation and expose an underlying culture of blazon disregard for the feelings of local residents at top levels within the current Conservative administration.

I therefore ask that you take the action that Cllr. Ezekiel appeared extremely hesitant to take himself and call for the resignation of your Conservative colleague - Cllr. Stephen Broadhurst.

Cllr. Clive Hart - Labour Group Leader - Thanet District Council.

18 comments:

Jeremy Jacobs said...

We have local councillors here in the People's Republic of East Finchley. Never seen one down my road in 20 years.

Eastcliff Richard said...

Have you ever thought that maybe it's because they know you live there!

Anonymous said...

So somebody has taken note of what is written on local Tory councilors blogs! What a way to run a council. I think these councilors will be getting a ticking off from the leader.

Eastcliff Richard said...

'The Conservative Cabinet Member for Customer Services & Business Transformation (Simon Moores) actually posted a comment on the internet jokingly referring to Cllr. Broadhurst as 'the member for Panama'.

That was on this blog. Tut tut. Or was it part of some masterplan to oust Broadhurst so the shy and retiring Mrs/Dr Moores could stand in the by-election?

I think we should be told!

Anonymous said...

Does she fly too? Dont tell me only on a broomstick!

ascu75 aka Don said...

Will the five Grand he will be returning be used towards reopening MARGATE MUSEUM just a thought

ascu75 aka Don said...

also who is being prosecuted for signing him in so he got afore mentioned FIVE GRAND Because where I come from that would be called illegal or fraud a scam or great if you can get away with it

Anonymous said...

Good point there Don. Will he be returning our £5K? Will the police be looking into it?

Anonymous said...

More like an underlying culture of bollocks from Clive Hart!

Anonymous said...

Panama's "a haven for money launderers" http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/122247/-They-want-to-strip-us-of-everything-

can't see the money coming back. Has Broadhurst donated money to the local Conservatives???? Perhaps they could give some back??

Anonymous said...

To Jeremy Jacobs, I live in Beacon Ward in Broadstairs and my Tory councillors are totally anonymous. Wouldn't know them if I fell over them in the street so you're not alone.

Used to have two good Labour councillors and I bet if you asked most people to identify their councillors they'd say Cllrs. Archard and Poole. No, sorry, you didn't vote them back in and now you've got two unknown, invisible Tories representing you.

New to Ramsgate said...

I have always found the Lib Dems best for local matters but they seem to be invisible round here?

This is a great blog by the way and I will be popping in regularly.

Anonymous said...

Hurrah!

New to Ramsgate said...

Thanks. I am glad to see that the natives are mostly friendly :-)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

I agree, the Liberal Democrats would make a refreshing change, I hope they stand and get elected.

Anonymous said...

A man, a plan, a canal - Panama

Anonymous said...

ted what ruffell is another bent man, he cries if steve broadhurst cant do his job he should reign ? strnge because ted watt ruffell is part owner of probe security, and a good friend and helper of helping people with money get past restrictions in thanet, ie build where u like and have planning permission granted after a few phone calls, and my god ladyman is involved down the line aswell in a small way, im not saying ladyman is as bent and corrupt as ted watt ruffell but someone has got to clear these people out !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What annoys me is that there's no public statement or announcement apologising to the people he's supposed to be representing.