Conservative MP James Wharton recommends non-Tory candidates in parish council election

James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South

James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Stockton/Hartlepool)

AN MP has described a parish council in his constituency as “dysfunctional” in a letter sent to Conservative supporters.

James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, also explained in a letter seen by The Northern Echo that the Conservatives would not be fielding any candidates in next week’s elections to Yarm Town Council.

Instead the MP said he would be supporting Yarm Residents Association candidates in a by-election to elect three new councillors on Thursday, April 24.

Mr Wharton declined to comment when asked why he considered Yarm Town Council to be dysfunctional.

However in the letter he said “things need to change dramatically” and that was why he was supporting Yarm Residents Association candidates Lorraine Meakin, Martin Kenefec and James Wilkinson.

Long-standing Yarm councillor, Marjorie Simpson, defended the council saying that recently it had been less argumentative in committee meetings.

Former Conservative councillors, Jason Hadlow and Chris Johnson, recently resigned causing the need for a by-election.

The pair were associated with a Judicial Review to try to prevent Stockton Borough Council from imposing pay and display parking in Yarm, which was lost, costing Yarm tax-payers nearly £40,000. Mr Hadlow has officially proposed all three Yarm Residents Association candidates.

The only major political party that is fielding candidates is UKIP, including Stockton borough councillor Mark Chatburn along with Mandy Boylett and Tom Reay.

Coun Chatburn was previously a Conservative but has switched to UKIP. He stood down from Yarm Town Council in order to stand under his new political banner.

Other candidates include well-known local campaigner, Carole Jones, who is standing as a Yarm Independent. Fred Holmes and Paddy Morton, also Yarm Independents, have also put themselves forward for election.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:58am Sun 20 Apr 14

bishopman says...

Wouldn't it be a dream if all Parish Councils were not controlled by local political parties!
Wouldn't it be a dream if all Parish Councils were not controlled by local political parties! bishopman
  • Score: 12

11:31am Sun 20 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

Wouldn't it be a dream if all parish and town councils were abolished?
Wouldn't it be a dream if all parish and town councils were abolished? David Lacey
  • Score: -4

1:43pm Sun 20 Apr 14

magpie7 says...

Wouldn't it be a dream if Stockton Borough Council was abolished and Yarm was moved back to the control of North Yorkshire?
Wouldn't it be a dream if Stockton Borough Council was abolished and Yarm was moved back to the control of North Yorkshire? magpie7
  • Score: 3

4:02pm Sun 20 Apr 14

spottycow says...

I wish YARM was still in north yorkshire
I wish YARM was still in north yorkshire spottycow
  • Score: -1

10:17pm Sun 20 Apr 14

darloboss says...

wouldnt it be a deam if this little git got a life
wouldnt it be a deam if this little git got a life darloboss
  • Score: 1

11:41pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Graeme_r says...

David Lacey wrote:
Wouldn't it be a dream if all parish and town councils were abolished?
Aren't you happy with yours David?
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't it be a dream if all parish and town councils were abolished?[/p][/quote]Aren't you happy with yours David? Graeme_r
  • Score: 1

9:12am Mon 21 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

Graeme - we have NEITHER. And it works just fine. Our DCC services are complete cr*p- just like those inflicted upon Ferryhill etc where the residents pay extra for town and parish councils to spend their cash.
Graeme - we have NEITHER. And it works just fine. Our DCC services are complete cr*p- just like those inflicted upon Ferryhill etc where the residents pay extra for town and parish councils to spend their cash. David Lacey
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree