In May 2017 there will be County Council Elections in Hampshire and one district in particular is causing grave consternation in Romsey. One of the candidates, appears to have put the “Con” back into “Conservative”.
The Hampshire County Council Romsey Town District has been held by Liberal Democrat, Cllr Mark Cooper, since 2005 and his credentials are impressive:
1986 – To Date:
Elected to Romsey Town Council
1986 – To Date:
Elected to Test Valley Borough Council
1991 – To Date:
Mayor of Romsey
2005 – To Date:
Elected to Hampshire County Council
In 2007, Cooper was re elected Mayor of Romsey, and welcomed Her Majesty The Queen on her official visit to the town.
Cllr Cooper has worked tirelessly on numerous projects and local charities in Romsey over the last 30 years, interacting with every aspect of the community, young and old. Some would go as far as to say Mark Cooper was the best MP Romsey never had.
And that is why the announcement that former Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes is the Conservative candidate for Romsey Town has got so many people up in arms, even within diehard Tory ranks.
In 2012, when the country was facing its first round of elections for Police & Crime Commissioners (PCC), eyebrows were raised when Simon Hayes, a life-long, card-carrying Conservative, stood for election and made the extraordinary claim he was “Independent”.
A career politician, and close personal friend of Cllr Roy Perry and Caroline Nokes MP, Simon Hayes had previously been Chairman of the Hampshire Police Authority, a Conservative Councillor on both Hampshire County Council and New Forest District Council, and the Conservative Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole in 2005.
Anyone who believed he was independent was in denial. Further, he was also investigated for electoral fraud after it was claimed he was living 100 miles away in Northampton. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/25/police-commissioners-electoral-fraud-claims
I have long since held the belief that Simon Hayes was no more “Independent” than…well…the other Tory PCC Candidate in 2012, former Tory MP, Michael Mates.
The local Tories hedged their bets by putting up two stooges; establishment Tory figure in Mates and Hayes the Tory boy cunningly disguised as an independent, who if elected, could ensure Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Police and local Tory politicians, had their backs covered.
Hayes won the 2012 PCC election at a time when the people of Hampshire quite rightly were getting a little fed up of party politics. For the following four years he continued to claim he was independent despite the fact that he did everything possible to protect the Hampshire Kleptocracy, a cabal of rotten establishment figures who all shared the same incestuous, political bed.
During Hayes’s tenure as PCC, Hayes himself, Hampshire Police and Hampshire politicians repeatedly faced claims that they were involved in the cover-up of a child abuse scandal relating to Stanbridge Earls School. Two senior Hampshire police officers are still under investigation and the publication of a previously unseen Ofsted Report last week has raised further questions about who at Hampshire Police and Hampshire County Council knew of, and kept quiet about, Ofsted’s findings of underage sex and rape at the now closed school.
Hayes continued to peddle his claim of “independence” during his campaign for re-election in 2016, telling the people of Hampshire “I’m again standing as an Independent, non-Party Political candidate, because I believe YOUR Police Commissioner must be free from the influences of political masters in Westminster.”
At hustings meetings Hayes told the voting public he “would never again go into politics because he had found himself “free” of any pressure”.
Me thinks he did protest too much!
Fast forward a few months after Hayes spectacular defeat, and he is back in the sack with another Tory runner and rider, Romsey MP Caroline Nokes and the Romsey & Southampton Conservative Association.
Those who have observed his tawdry career over the last five years are not in the least bit surprised. He never left in the first place. His “independent” claims are as fake as his interest in Romsey Town.
NB. For other information on Simon Hayes CLICK HERE