Colchester Lib Dem councillor defects

Colchester Lib Dem councillor defects

Colchester Lib Dem councillor defects

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A COLCHESTER councillor has defected from the Lib Dems following a long-running feud with a party colleague.

Laura Sykes, councillor for Stanway since 2008, said she was no longer able to work with fellow Lib Dem councillor Lesley Scott-Boutell and her supporters after five years of differences.

Mrs Sykes, whose husband Colin stood down as a councillor before last week’s local elections, will today officially join Highwoods councillors Gerard, Beverley and Philip Oxford in the new Highwoods and Stanway Independent Group.

She said: “I can’t tell you how relieved I feel to leave.

“For years I’ve had to spend longer defending myself than working."

See Tuesday's Gazette for the full story

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10:29am Tue 27 May 14

angryman!!! says...

Surely she was more likely elected as she was lib dem not actually because of who she was if she wanted to be an independent she should have done this before!
Surely she was more likely elected as she was lib dem not actually because of who she was if she wanted to be an independent she should have done this before! angryman!!!
  • Score: 21

10:39am Tue 27 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

As her feud with other councillors has gone on for so long why did she wait until the week after elections to leave the Lib Dems? Surely this was not a "spur of the moment" decision but I think we all know why she waited, It is, at the least, very underhanded of her to wait until after an election to announce she was leaving the Lib Dem group when she could just as easily resigned much earlier and then stood as an Independent councillor.

Her decision may not sit comfortably with many Stanway voters.
As her feud with other councillors has gone on for so long why did she wait until the week after elections to leave the Lib Dems? Surely this was not a "spur of the moment" decision but I think we all know why she waited, It is, at the least, very underhanded of her to wait until after an election to announce she was leaving the Lib Dem group when she could just as easily resigned much earlier and then stood as an Independent councillor. Her decision may not sit comfortably with many Stanway voters. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 24

10:46am Tue 27 May 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Good luck Laura and thanks for being such a splendid mayoress.
Good luck Laura and thanks for being such a splendid mayoress. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -18

10:47am Tue 27 May 14

The-Professionals says...

this absolutely scandalous and totally ridiculous and is a problem for stanway and lakelands as in the photo. for some time now the party whip in braintree and some elements in colchester, have denied scott-boutell to represent views over at lakelands, we find it completely sacrilegious that this convenient move has occurred after colin sykes has stood down and scott-boutell's teenage daughter studying at college, has been voted in to represent us. the whole matter has made the area a laughing stock out of stanway and of tollgate. we voted Lib Dem and not independent ! what is happening to mrs sykes party membership then? lakelands has been ridden rough shod over the new development works there and thank you very much colchester council, for the back up to the houses and residents over dampening down (non existent) the environmental health section appears to be an absolute farce? someone somewhere in the annals of colchester politics, has machinated this scenario to stifle the development issues in stanway and tollgate, it is the only motive surely? colin sykes i cannot understand how he has allowed this to happen, a political heavyweight of the highest calibre in the area and retiring lord mayor with probably one of the most prolific mayoral ships in colcestrian history. the whole thing is shameful. scott-boutell needs to mend issues and there needs to be an enquiry as to whether voters knew they were voting for mrs scott-boutells daughter, otherwise the conservative candidate should be given the seat. this scenario has propagated a lot of damage in the parish along with the defection. resign all of you.
this absolutely scandalous and totally ridiculous and is a problem for stanway and lakelands as in the photo. for some time now the party whip in braintree and some elements in colchester, have denied scott-boutell to represent views over at lakelands, we find it completely sacrilegious that this convenient move has occurred after colin sykes has stood down and scott-boutell's teenage daughter studying at college, has been voted in to represent us. the whole matter has made the area a laughing stock out of stanway and of tollgate. we voted Lib Dem and not independent ! what is happening to mrs sykes party membership then? lakelands has been ridden rough shod over the new development works there and thank you very much colchester council, for the back up to the houses and residents over dampening down (non existent) the environmental health section appears to be an absolute farce? someone somewhere in the annals of colchester politics, has machinated this scenario to stifle the development issues in stanway and tollgate, it is the only motive surely? colin sykes i cannot understand how he has allowed this to happen, a political heavyweight of the highest calibre in the area and retiring lord mayor with probably one of the most prolific mayoral ships in colcestrian history. the whole thing is shameful. scott-boutell needs to mend issues and there needs to be an enquiry as to whether voters knew they were voting for mrs scott-boutells daughter, otherwise the conservative candidate should be given the seat. this scenario has propagated a lot of damage in the parish along with the defection. resign all of you. The-Professionals
  • Score: 15

11:07am Tue 27 May 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Laura Sykes was not up for Election this year, all party members are within their right to change parties mid-term. People just need to show their anger at the Polls when she is next up.
Laura Sykes was not up for Election this year, all party members are within their right to change parties mid-term. People just need to show their anger at the Polls when she is next up. AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 5

11:21am Tue 27 May 14

Citizen 139 says...

I wonder if this has got anything to do with the last newsletter that went out?

Jessica accused the police of not doing anything over a alleged dog attack. The incident wasn't reported to the police at all, Priti Patel got involved to confirm as much.
I wonder if this has got anything to do with the last newsletter that went out? Jessica accused the police of not doing anything over a alleged dog attack. The incident wasn't reported to the police at all, Priti Patel got involved to confirm as much. Citizen 139
  • Score: -1

12:11pm Tue 27 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

The Oxford Family Bandwagon Rolls On!!
The Oxford Family Bandwagon Rolls On!! Shrubendlad
  • Score: -3

12:28pm Tue 27 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

I think there were 2 on the Terry Sutton Bandwagon before the wheels fell off.
My guess on this one is 7.
I think there were 2 on the Terry Sutton Bandwagon before the wheels fell off. My guess on this one is 7. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Tue 27 May 14

jut1972 says...

Stanway residents don't count on any support for blocking new home builds the highwoods independents championed the 3000 homes for Myland
Stanway residents don't count on any support for blocking new home builds the highwoods independents championed the 3000 homes for Myland jut1972
  • Score: 4

12:37pm Tue 27 May 14

romantic says...

Although it's done in a fairly underhand way, actually in principle it is a good thing to have independent councillors who will act based on the merits of a situation, rather than having to toe the party line. In an ideal world, local councillors would all be independent of the national political parties. I hope this councillor will now use her independence to ask the awkward questions that they should all be asking.
Although it's done in a fairly underhand way, actually in principle it is a good thing to have independent councillors who will act based on the merits of a situation, rather than having to toe the party line. In an ideal world, local councillors would all be independent of the national political parties. I hope this councillor will now use her independence to ask the awkward questions that they should all be asking. romantic
  • Score: 8

1:52pm Tue 27 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

Maybe the Scott-Boutells will form their own family independent party.
A new reality show hosted by Joey Essex////Scott-Boute
lls v Oxfords.
Maybe the Scott-Boutells will form their own family independent party. A new reality show hosted by Joey Essex////Scott-Boute lls v Oxfords. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 5

2:08pm Tue 27 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

jut1972 wrote:
Stanway residents don't count on any support for blocking new home builds the highwoods independents championed the 3000 homes for Myland
Well said jut1972 you are spot on!

In front of hundreds of Mile End residents in Moot Hall Gerard Oxford, as a member of the Planning Committee, championed the Mersea Homes application for 16/1800 houses in Mile End. Who knows what he had to gain in such strong vocal support towards this developer?
[quote][p][bold]jut1972[/bold] wrote: Stanway residents don't count on any support for blocking new home builds the highwoods independents championed the 3000 homes for Myland[/p][/quote]Well said jut1972 you are spot on! In front of hundreds of Mile End residents in Moot Hall Gerard Oxford, as a member of the Planning Committee, championed the Mersea Homes application for 16/1800 houses in Mile End. Who knows what he had to gain in such strong vocal support towards this developer? Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 9

2:18pm Tue 27 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

SIAIIOK///
Careful Sirbobalob uses parliamentary priviledge for this kind of remark.
Mind you hes too busy worrying about Scottish Knights-Campbell and Beith-to be bothered with a local issue.
SIAIIOK/// Careful Sirbobalob uses parliamentary priviledge for this kind of remark. Mind you hes too busy worrying about Scottish Knights-Campbell and Beith-to be bothered with a local issue. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 9

3:03pm Tue 27 May 14

ConnorsLegacy says...

From a professional point of view I would like to highlight that both the Scott-Boutell's have been involved in almost everything dog related in within Colchester and Lesley has helped with Colchester now having a Responsible Dog Ownership Strategy http://www.colcheste
r.gov.uk/article/746
4/Promoting-Responsi
ble-Dog-Ownership-in
-Colchester

From a personal point of view I have seen both Lesley and Jess go above and beyond to help residence of Stanway with all manner of concerns. This is one reason Lesley was voted in by a 51% majority. Jess has the same drive as Lesley and I'm sure you will see that voting Jess in as the perfect choice.
I offer this because of my own admiration for how hard I've witnessed both the Scott-Boutell's work trying to help the residence of Stanway but the proof will be when you have your own concern within your environment and you contact them. You will see yourself how hard they work and how they almost always manage to accomplish what they set out so do, even if they find barriers in the way. Time and patience will remove some of the biggest barriers.

I'm sure Laura will fit in perfectly and enjoy being part of the
Stanway Highwoods Independent Team.

Hope this helps.
Bill
From a professional point of view I would like to highlight that both the Scott-Boutell's have been involved in almost everything dog related in within Colchester and Lesley has helped with Colchester now having a Responsible Dog Ownership Strategy http://www.colcheste r.gov.uk/article/746 4/Promoting-Responsi ble-Dog-Ownership-in -Colchester From a personal point of view I have seen both Lesley and Jess go above and beyond to help residence of Stanway with all manner of concerns. This is one reason Lesley was voted in by a 51% majority. Jess has the same drive as Lesley and I'm sure you will see that voting Jess in as the perfect choice. I offer this because of my own admiration for how hard I've witnessed both the Scott-Boutell's work trying to help the residence of Stanway but the proof will be when you have your own concern within your environment and you contact them. You will see yourself how hard they work and how they almost always manage to accomplish what they set out so do, even if they find barriers in the way. Time and patience will remove some of the biggest barriers. I'm sure Laura will fit in perfectly and enjoy being part of the Stanway Highwoods Independent Team. Hope this helps. Bill ConnorsLegacy
  • Score: 4

4:34pm Tue 27 May 14

Catchedicam says...

defection of councillors OR MP's mid term should trigger a by-election, the voters should be allowed to reaffirm their support (or not) otherwise we as voters get hoodwinked as to who is with whom and where.
defection of councillors OR MP's mid term should trigger a by-election, the voters should be allowed to reaffirm their support (or not) otherwise we as voters get hoodwinked as to who is with whom and where. Catchedicam
  • Score: 9

4:44pm Tue 27 May 14

G.Speel says...

It is such a shame that people do not understand the democracy of this country of ours. When a person is politically elected it is the person who is elected NOT the party they represent. So if they jump ship during the course of their term of office it doesn't matter and they can legally stay in post until they are up for re-election.
It is such a shame that people do not understand the democracy of this country of ours. When a person is politically elected it is the person who is elected NOT the party they represent. So if they jump ship during the course of their term of office it doesn't matter and they can legally stay in post until they are up for re-election. G.Speel
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Tue 27 May 14

Catchedicam says...

G.Speel wrote:
It is such a shame that people do not understand the democracy of this country of ours. When a person is politically elected it is the person who is elected NOT the party they represent. So if they jump ship during the course of their term of office it doesn't matter and they can legally stay in post until they are up for re-election.
People understand it, but reiterating the status quo does not make it right!
[quote][p][bold]G.Speel[/bold] wrote: It is such a shame that people do not understand the democracy of this country of ours. When a person is politically elected it is the person who is elected NOT the party they represent. So if they jump ship during the course of their term of office it doesn't matter and they can legally stay in post until they are up for re-election.[/p][/quote]People understand it, but reiterating the status quo does not make it right! Catchedicam
  • Score: 8

5:02pm Tue 27 May 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Not exactly an Independent Councillor seeing as the Highwoods 'Group' are part of the Rainbow Coalition at CBC. Would be better if they left the coalition and helped hold the administration to account.
Not exactly an Independent Councillor seeing as the Highwoods 'Group' are part of the Rainbow Coalition at CBC. Would be better if they left the coalition and helped hold the administration to account. AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 11

6:25am Wed 28 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

ConnorsLegacy wrote:
From a professional point of view I would like to highlight that both the Scott-Boutell's have been involved in almost everything dog related in within Colchester and Lesley has helped with Colchester now having a Responsible Dog Ownership Strategy http://www.colcheste

r.gov.uk/article/746

4/Promoting-Responsi

ble-Dog-Ownership-in

-Colchester

From a personal point of view I have seen both Lesley and Jess go above and beyond to help residence of Stanway with all manner of concerns. This is one reason Lesley was voted in by a 51% majority. Jess has the same drive as Lesley and I'm sure you will see that voting Jess in as the perfect choice.
I offer this because of my own admiration for how hard I've witnessed both the Scott-Boutell's work trying to help the residence of Stanway but the proof will be when you have your own concern within your environment and you contact them. You will see yourself how hard they work and how they almost always manage to accomplish what they set out so do, even if they find barriers in the way. Time and patience will remove some of the biggest barriers.

I'm sure Laura will fit in perfectly and enjoy being part of the
Stanway Highwoods Independent Team.

Hope this helps.
Bill
associating stanway with highwoods is a bit like tying to compare adrian pritchard with george clooney: AVPG:
[quote][p][bold]ConnorsLegacy[/bold] wrote: From a professional point of view I would like to highlight that both the Scott-Boutell's have been involved in almost everything dog related in within Colchester and Lesley has helped with Colchester now having a Responsible Dog Ownership Strategy http://www.colcheste r.gov.uk/article/746 4/Promoting-Responsi ble-Dog-Ownership-in -Colchester From a personal point of view I have seen both Lesley and Jess go above and beyond to help residence of Stanway with all manner of concerns. This is one reason Lesley was voted in by a 51% majority. Jess has the same drive as Lesley and I'm sure you will see that voting Jess in as the perfect choice. I offer this because of my own admiration for how hard I've witnessed both the Scott-Boutell's work trying to help the residence of Stanway but the proof will be when you have your own concern within your environment and you contact them. You will see yourself how hard they work and how they almost always manage to accomplish what they set out so do, even if they find barriers in the way. Time and patience will remove some of the biggest barriers. I'm sure Laura will fit in perfectly and enjoy being part of the Stanway Highwoods Independent Team. Hope this helps. Bill[/p][/quote]associating stanway with highwoods is a bit like tying to compare adrian pritchard with george clooney: AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 6

9:01am Wed 28 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

These stories seem so common across the UK. It's no wonder voter turn-out is so low!
These stories seem so common across the UK. It's no wonder voter turn-out is so low! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 2

10:48am Wed 28 May 14

stevedawson says...

Yea really worrying must be the talk of all the pubs in colchester.
Yea really worrying must be the talk of all the pubs in colchester. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

9:52pm Wed 28 May 14

essexviews says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
As her feud with other councillors has gone on for so long why did she wait until the week after elections to leave the Lib Dems? Surely this was not a "spur of the moment" decision but I think we all know why she waited, It is, at the least, very underhanded of her to wait until after an election to announce she was leaving the Lib Dem group when she could just as easily resigned much earlier and then stood as an Independent councillor.

Her decision may not sit comfortably with many Stanway voters.
It was an honorable decision to make to wait until after the elections before resigning. A resignation before the elections could have been very damaging to her fellow LibDem councillors, which would have been unethical and unsporting.

Councillors represent the residents regardless of political affiliation, as longs as she continues to serve the resident's needs then I have no problem what political title she serves under.

"Say It As It Is OK" only can speak for yourself, not for the Stanway residents. The opportunity will arise in a year or so to decide if this councillor will continue to represent Stanway residents.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: As her feud with other councillors has gone on for so long why did she wait until the week after elections to leave the Lib Dems? Surely this was not a "spur of the moment" decision but I think we all know why she waited, It is, at the least, very underhanded of her to wait until after an election to announce she was leaving the Lib Dem group when she could just as easily resigned much earlier and then stood as an Independent councillor. Her decision may not sit comfortably with many Stanway voters.[/p][/quote]It was an honorable decision to make to wait until after the elections before resigning. A resignation before the elections could have been very damaging to her fellow LibDem councillors, which would have been unethical and unsporting. Councillors represent the residents regardless of political affiliation, as longs as she continues to serve the resident's needs then I have no problem what political title she serves under. "Say It As It Is OK" only can speak for yourself, not for the Stanway residents. The opportunity will arise in a year or so to decide if this councillor will continue to represent Stanway residents. essexviews
  • Score: -2

9:31pm Sat 31 May 14

Nom De Plume says...

stevedawson wrote:
Yea really worrying must be the talk of all the pubs in colchester.
Mmmmmmmmm
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Yea really worrying must be the talk of all the pubs in colchester.[/p][/quote]Mmmmmmmmm Nom De Plume
  • Score: 1

10:10am Mon 2 Jun 14

Allan Whitehead says...

When a Councillor Defected from the party for which they were elected. Without the consent of those who elected them. Have become “Dictators” rather than “Independent”. Surely, in a democratic society a councillor from any party who have some grievance with their party, and wishes to remain an elected member.
Should resign their seat and stand for re-election. Under the banner, they have decided to stand. I am of the opinion that defections from one group to another without the being elected to that group is nothing more than the “Tail Wagging the Dog” or would a more appropriate saying be “Grass Lump the Electorate, Me and My Finances come first”
When a Councillor Defected from the party for which they were elected. Without the consent of those who elected them. Have become “Dictators” rather than “Independent”. Surely, in a democratic society a councillor from any party who have some grievance with their party, and wishes to remain an elected member. Should resign their seat and stand for re-election. Under the banner, they have decided to stand. I am of the opinion that defections from one group to another without the being elected to that group is nothing more than the “Tail Wagging the Dog” or would a more appropriate saying be “Grass Lump the Electorate, Me and My Finances come first” Allan Whitehead
  • Score: 2

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