Havering cabinet member Cllr Robert Benham drops out of 2014 election, dubbing Tory selection process ‘charade’

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Havering cabinet member Cllr Robert Benham drops out of 2014 election, dubbing Tory selection process ‘charade’

Lorraine Moss
Havering cabinet member Cllr Robert Benham drops out of 2014 election, dubbing Tory selection process ‘charade’

EXCLUSIVE by Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Thursday, July 4, 2013
4:38 PM

   
A Havering cabinet member has dropped out of the 2014 elections, slamming the local Tory party as “flawed and undemocratic”.

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Cllr Robert Benham’s shock announcement comes as the Recorder reveals two other cabinet members have been slashed from the party’s election campaign and a total of 13 Conservatives will not be defending their seats next year.

Cllr Benham called the process for selecting candidates at the Romford Conservative Association a “charade” because it required would-be councillors to pledge money if they are elected.

“Principles and integrity have to come first,” he wrote in an e-mail to the Recorder, “and I am willing not to stand [in 2014] if this is how they wish to behave.”

He added: “I raised concerns […] when the [association] decided not to use the official Conservative Party selection application form and instead used an 18-page form they had written themselves that included questions about giving them money rather than a focus on serving the local community.

“This concern was ignored.”

Cllr Benham has complained to Tory HQ about the selection process, making him at least the third serving cabinet member to do so in recent weeks.

The Recorder has seen the application form, which “requires confirmation” that anyone elected to Havering Council “contribute a reasonable sum of £1,000 to the association per year to help towards the overall cost of campaigning”.

Cllr Benham also objected to the form’s request that elected councillors consent to hand the £12,000 “CAT fund” – into which councillors have paid, privately, for promotional material – over to the association.

The Brooklands councillor told the Recorder: “I value democracy, honesty and integrity and I will not be a part of this charade.”

Romford Tory chairman Cllr Osman Dervish denied the 18-page form was mandatory, saying the only compulsory document was the five-page application form issued by Conservative HQ.

But e-mails sent to prospective candidates – seen by the Recorder – only included the 18-page form, and no reference was made to it being optional.

Cllr Dervish added: “Candidates making a contribution to the cost of campaigning […] is standard practice.

“Robert has paid into the campaign fund for the last seven years without complaint.”

Keep an eye on the Recorder website for more exclusive coverage of the Tory party split.

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confused of hornchurch

"slamming the local Tory party as “flawed and undemocratic”.

Congratulations Robert, you now have the same opinion as good percentage of 'Angry' readers.

Why did it take you so long to come to that conclusion?

What exactly is the £12,000 CAT fund?
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Independent man
Benham should stand in Brooklands ward against the official Tory candidate,he was born in the ward and is well known in the area so he would have a great chance to win the seat,he would at least split the vote and stop all three tories getting elected.
Drop that Drip Double Dip Dave
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seanobrian
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Allow me to elaborate confused, the CAT fund is something that all Romford councillors pay into for their election campaign but it is alledged that the dark lord has been siphoning it off for his own campaign
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seanobrian
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Hi Lorraine I imagine most angries have seen it by now I only hope that if the Romford exec are monitoring this, as we know they do, as I have a message for them,  YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED and old Rossers too.  You simply can't treat people the way you have done and expect to get away with it, be warned, you are history.  Bye bye
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confused of hornchurch
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Thanks Sean, I had no idea what it was.
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Percy.
I thought it was to buy dried food for the Town hall cat.
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”




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Romfordian
it is alledged that the dark lord has been siphoning it off for his own campaign
IS THAT FRAUD
Not a party activist but WAS a Labour supporter
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Percy.
Probably not with an 18 page memo to read it will be hidden in the small print somewhere.
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”




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spike
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Thats another membership application form going out - it takes time but the conservatives are being exposed for what they are. What a clever chap to bail out now - good luck comrade .
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Percy.
The shame of  it is Havering will never be like Egypt.Demonstrations and any form of mass protest is very quickly dealt with.
The Police have enough arms and support to ensure we will never change the status quo.
We have the cheap supermarket food to keep us quiet and the mind numbing Tv or controlled radio to keep us mind dead.
The Romans had Bread and Circuses to calm the Masses we have Tesco and the Media.
Even this site is one way they kid you we have freedom but do not be fooled.
Not even free citizens just subject of her Majesty and the Descendants of the Lords that came over with William the Conqueror.
Be Angry be very Angry.
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”




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Romfordian
Expected to pay £1000 a year for there seat Damien White has never done a days work as far as i can see so is he and others useing the clr alowances to pay into Tory funds surely that is ilegal
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Lorraine Moss
I have to say for a few minutes I was initially impressed that Cllr Robert Benham spoke out about the recent goings on within his party.  After all I now know that he reads and remembers my posts from 6 months ago and even mentioned one of them at the last full council meeting.

However, when I read all of the articles in full I changed my mind.  Cllr Benham did not want to stand in his current ward but instead wanted Romford Town or Squirrels.  These 2 wards are the safest seats in Romford.  It would appear that this was more of a case of Robbie throwing his teddy out of the pram as he was not given a near enough guaranteed chance of being re elected.

I would have thought that if you had served a ward since 2006 then it would be only natural to want to stay there.  If you have been a decent hardworking Cllr (I am sure I recall that he did get a large number of votes in 2010) then the people of Brooklands would not hesitate in voting for him in 2014.  He must have been good because Ricky and Spider said so.
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Ian James
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Good point Lorraine,

Old Ricky & Spider were effusive in their praise for Bobby, but as I said its taking the mickey out of the Romford electorate obviously Bobs wasn't such a great buddy of the Dark Lord and didn't get what he wanted, if I remember Bobs & Co made a great play of living in and Representing Brooklands in their recent newsletters.

Well not any more.

All of the current Brooklands members have been dumped.

Shame NOT  

PS wonder why Micks friend the Polish lady pulled out ?
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Ho-Hum
Poor ol' blobby, his flabber must be gasted.

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Independent man
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For whatever reason Benhams face does not fit in Air Miles new Romford Tory party,he has lost the influence he had in the old set up so if he was re-elected in Brooklands the odds are that he would lose his cabinet post.Because of the loss of face and the loss of money Benham has thrown his toys out of the pram and decided not to stand at the 2014 election.
Drop that Drip Double Dip Dave
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Ian James
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Hi Indie

Watch out for who gets the booty, I.E the cabinet post Bobby currently occupies?

My bet is on the Dark Lords bezzie mate the boy Damian.

Now that would be a farce after he being voted out by his own Tory Councillors just a few weeks ago!

What's the price for democracy now Barbs ?
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Phil Wailing
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I would suggest the wish for the Conservatives to get out of Brooklands Ward has far more to do with Eamonn Mahon.
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