There’s a slightly peculiar article in the latest Rayleigh Times this week, from the UKIP candidate John Hayter. It’s called “THE SCOURGE OF THE PARTY WHIP – ITS IN THE PARTY’S INTEREST NOT THE ELECTORATE”. As you can guess, he’s not keen on the party whip system.
The article begins:
The local elections are fast approaching with 11 wards to be contested in Rochford District. There will be several key issues . There is the matter of the party whip employed by the three main parties – the Lib Dems, Labour and the Conservatives…
… The Conservative councillors are told which way to vote, and do so for their party, and not for the electorate. The same applies to the other two main parties in councils…
And that’s just incorrect . Because the Lib Dems haven’t had a whip on the District Council for years and there haven’t been any Labour councillors at all for years. It shows a pretty shocking lack of knowledge about the council.
And then the article goes on to describe things that UKIP are committed to doing in our district. Which is weird. Because how can UKIP promise in advance how any UKIP councillors would vote – without having some kind of a whip themselves?
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