UKIP councillor denies he is leaving Southend

Lawrence Davies

Lawrence Davies

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A NEW Ukip councillor who posted on Facebook just weeks before he was elected he wanted to “get away from Southend” has assured voters he is not leaving the borough.

Lawrence Davies, who won a seat on Southend Council for Kursaal ward last month, has accused Labour politicians of taking old postings “out of context” to discredit him.

He spoke out after Labour activist Matthew Dent, who unsuccessfully stood in West Shoebury ward won by Southend Ukip leader James Moyies, published Mr Lawrence’s now deleted Facebook postings on his A Mad Man With a Blog website.

The postings show that on April 21, a month before the election, Mr Lawrence said: “Always let down by those we think are our friends...looking forward to getting away from Southend maybe finding new and better friends.”

After being asked by friends whose identities were obscured what was happening he added the next day: “I’m moving back to Cambridge in August.”

Mr Dent, who is also spokesman for Labour councillor Ian Gilbert in his campaign to take James Duddridge’s Rochford and Southend East seat next year, blogged that Ukip had a “high casualty rate” for elected politicians and added: “Perhaps councillor Davies has changed his mind. Perhaps he will stay, and represent those who elected him to the best of his ability.

Or perhaps he will go back to Cambridge, and trigger a byelection costing the local taxpayer some £14,000.”

Mr Lawrence confirmed he had accepted a job offer to teach in Cambridge, but insisted he will be remaining in Kursaal and commuting each day to the job.

He said: “I can confirm I have never made plans to leave Southend. I can only assume this is part of the campaign to slander Ukip, and me in particular, though I'm not sure why.

“The only time I mentioned leaving Southend was in an old Facebook comment, long before the election and since deleted.

“I have been offered a teaching job near Cambridge, but I made it clear I would commute daily from my Kursaal ward, in Southend. I have told my friends, but the job offer is not public knowledge and I accepted it on condition I would stay in Southend.

“So I can confirm there is no truth to this story, and I have taken it all with a pinch of salt so far, just like accusations of racism, often levelled at Ukip councillors.”

He added that as other people’s postings around his Facebook comments had been obscured on the Labour blog, his comments were being used “out of context”.

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12:23pm Fri 20 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

Surely the man can live where he wants,,,,,,and who would want to live around the kurssal
Surely the man can live where he wants,,,,,,and who would want to live around the kurssal whateverhappened
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1:19pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

More muck raking from discredited Labour.

#badlosers
More muck raking from discredited Labour. #badlosers Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

1:52pm Fri 20 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
More muck raking from discredited Labour.

#badlosers
UKIP have had quite a few mentions in the press within the last two weeks, firstly there was the frauds, then the Drink driver from Orset Hall's UKIP P155 up, now this, just imagine how this bunch of idiots will run the country...next time people decide on a protest vote, consider the consequences....
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: More muck raking from discredited Labour. #badlosers[/p][/quote]UKIP have had quite a few mentions in the press within the last two weeks, firstly there was the frauds, then the Drink driver from Orset Hall's UKIP P155 up, now this, just imagine how this bunch of idiots will run the country...next time people decide on a protest vote, consider the consequences.... sesibollox
  • Score: -12

2:19pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

What a bunch this UKIP are showing themselves to be, law breaking liars, good to have in power, just like Germany 1933
What a bunch this UKIP are showing themselves to be, law breaking liars, good to have in power, just like Germany 1933 Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -11

2:53pm Fri 20 Jun 14

LexyGirl says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a bunch this UKIP are showing themselves to be, law breaking liars, good to have in power, just like Germany 1933
lol well you have a very short memory if you think any of the other parties are squeaky clean because there is always one bad apple in every bag as far as I'm concerned.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a bunch this UKIP are showing themselves to be, law breaking liars, good to have in power, just like Germany 1933[/p][/quote]lol well you have a very short memory if you think any of the other parties are squeaky clean because there is always one bad apple in every bag as far as I'm concerned. LexyGirl
  • Score: 5

3:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

DannyK86 says...

Commuting every day to Cambridge on a teaching salary? I give him 6 months and he'll have moved closer to his job.
Commuting every day to Cambridge on a teaching salary? I give him 6 months and he'll have moved closer to his job. DannyK86
  • Score: 1

5:05pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

LexyGirl wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a bunch this UKIP are showing themselves to be, law breaking liars, good to have in power, just like Germany 1933
lol well you have a very short memory if you think any of the other parties are squeaky clean because there is always one bad apple in every bag as far as I'm concerned.
Maybe in your bag dearie, had a look in the mirror of late ?:
[quote][p][bold]LexyGirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a bunch this UKIP are showing themselves to be, law breaking liars, good to have in power, just like Germany 1933[/p][/quote]lol well you have a very short memory if you think any of the other parties are squeaky clean because there is always one bad apple in every bag as far as I'm concerned.[/p][/quote]Maybe in your bag dearie, had a look in the mirror of late ?: Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -6

6:10pm Fri 20 Jun 14

LexyGirl says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
LexyGirl wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a bunch this UKIP are showing themselves to be, law breaking liars, good to have in power, just like Germany 1933
lol well you have a very short memory if you think any of the other parties are squeaky clean because there is always one bad apple in every bag as far as I'm concerned.
Maybe in your bag dearie, had a look in the mirror of late ?:
It's not about me is it?
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LexyGirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a bunch this UKIP are showing themselves to be, law breaking liars, good to have in power, just like Germany 1933[/p][/quote]lol well you have a very short memory if you think any of the other parties are squeaky clean because there is always one bad apple in every bag as far as I'm concerned.[/p][/quote]Maybe in your bag dearie, had a look in the mirror of late ?:[/p][/quote]It's not about me is it? LexyGirl
  • Score: 2

7:35pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Lucky Lucretia says...

I absolutely agree with others who describe this as another example of muck raking. And the exaggerated piffle from the likes of Nowthatsworthknowing show a desperation which beggars belief!

We have been treated to years of incredible dishonesty from the three Westminster parties with prison sentences dished out for everything from fiddling expenses to perverting the course of justice.

Given this, how Nowthatsworthknowing then has the cheek to suggest these private frustrations voiced by Lawrence Davies on Facebook are proof that we are witnessing a re-run of the rise of Hitler's Germany is frankly flabbergasting!
I absolutely agree with others who describe this as another example of muck raking. And the exaggerated piffle from the likes of Nowthatsworthknowing show a desperation which beggars belief! We have been treated to years of incredible dishonesty from the three Westminster parties with prison sentences dished out for everything from fiddling expenses to perverting the course of justice. Given this, how Nowthatsworthknowing then has the cheek to suggest these private frustrations voiced by Lawrence Davies on Facebook are proof that we are witnessing a re-run of the rise of Hitler's Germany is frankly flabbergasting! Lucky Lucretia
  • Score: 12

8:03pm Fri 20 Jun 14

the25man says...

The old hands giving the new boy on the block a going over. No doubt there will be more to come. Keep the faith Mr Davies and people will follow you.
The old hands giving the new boy on the block a going over. No doubt there will be more to come. Keep the faith Mr Davies and people will follow you. the25man
  • Score: 3

8:46pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Lucky Lucretia says...

Kim*Gandy wrote:
the25man wrote:
The old hands giving the new boy on the block a going over. No doubt there will be more to come. Keep the faith Mr Davies and people will follow you.
New Boy being the key word, we need Men not boys running this country
Judging from her comments on the Southend Standards site and her ridiculous comments here about Mr. Davies being a boy rather than a man, Kim Gandy is still bitter about being slung out of UKIP for being an extremist! Sour grapes to poison pen! LOL
[quote][p][bold]Kim*Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: The old hands giving the new boy on the block a going over. No doubt there will be more to come. Keep the faith Mr Davies and people will follow you.[/p][/quote]New Boy being the key word, we need Men not boys running this country[/p][/quote]Judging from her comments on the Southend Standards site and her ridiculous comments here about Mr. Davies being a boy rather than a man, Kim Gandy is still bitter about being slung out of UKIP for being an extremist! Sour grapes to poison pen! LOL Lucky Lucretia
  • Score: 0

9:01pm Fri 20 Jun 14

the25man says...

Lucky Lucretia wrote:
Kim*Gandy wrote:
the25man wrote:
The old hands giving the new boy on the block a going over. No doubt there will be more to come. Keep the faith Mr Davies and people will follow you.
New Boy being the key word, we need Men not boys running this country
Judging from her comments on the Southend Standards site and her ridiculous comments here about Mr. Davies being a boy rather than a man, Kim Gandy is still bitter about being slung out of UKIP for being an extremist! Sour grapes to poison pen! LOL
Just to let you know that Kim* is the false one Kim Gandy the real one
[quote][p][bold]Lucky Lucretia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim*Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: The old hands giving the new boy on the block a going over. No doubt there will be more to come. Keep the faith Mr Davies and people will follow you.[/p][/quote]New Boy being the key word, we need Men not boys running this country[/p][/quote]Judging from her comments on the Southend Standards site and her ridiculous comments here about Mr. Davies being a boy rather than a man, Kim Gandy is still bitter about being slung out of UKIP for being an extremist! Sour grapes to poison pen! LOL[/p][/quote]Just to let you know that Kim* is the false one Kim Gandy the real one the25man
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9:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Lucky Lucretia says...

I'm going off the following comments also written in the ECHO under the article, "New council leader grilled over UKIP and leadership style" which were:

"Kim*Gandy says...
Usual rubbish spoken by UKIP, they had their chance and blew it when they ousted me."


So if that's someone masquerading as the ousted Kim Gandy they are going to some lengths not to slip out of character!
I'm going off the following comments also written in the ECHO under the article, "New council leader grilled over UKIP and leadership style" which were: "Kim*Gandy says... Usual rubbish spoken by UKIP, they had their chance and blew it when they ousted me." So if that's someone masquerading as the ousted Kim Gandy they are going to some lengths not to slip out of character! Lucky Lucretia
  • Score: 0

1:11am Sat 21 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

the25man wrote:
Lucky Lucretia wrote:
Kim*Gandy wrote:
the25man wrote:
The old hands giving the new boy on the block a going over. No doubt there will be more to come. Keep the faith Mr Davies and people will follow you.
New Boy being the key word, we need Men not boys running this country
Judging from her comments on the Southend Standards site and her ridiculous comments here about Mr. Davies being a boy rather than a man, Kim Gandy is still bitter about being slung out of UKIP for being an extremist! Sour grapes to poison pen! LOL
Just to let you know that Kim* is the false one Kim Gandy the real one
So you say!
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucky Lucretia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim*Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: The old hands giving the new boy on the block a going over. No doubt there will be more to come. Keep the faith Mr Davies and people will follow you.[/p][/quote]New Boy being the key word, we need Men not boys running this country[/p][/quote]Judging from her comments on the Southend Standards site and her ridiculous comments here about Mr. Davies being a boy rather than a man, Kim Gandy is still bitter about being slung out of UKIP for being an extremist! Sour grapes to poison pen! LOL[/p][/quote]Just to let you know that Kim* is the false one Kim Gandy the real one[/p][/quote]So you say! ThisYear
  • Score: 0

2:23pm Sat 21 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Why doesn't the Evening Echo write a story about an actual councillor who cleared off to Norfolk some 100 miles away from his ward in Thurrock in 2009. He then gets himself on the electoral register in Thurrock at his stepsons address and then gets re-elected in 2012 by claiming he lived in East Tilbury. This councillor keeps up the pretence and appears on the electoral registers in both Thurrock and Kings Lynn and West Norfolk simultaneously since 2010. He is also the Chairman of the Planning Committee in Thurrock so doesn't have to live amongst the consequences of his planning decisions.
Why doesn't the Evening Echo write a story about an actual councillor who cleared off to Norfolk some 100 miles away from his ward in Thurrock in 2009. He then gets himself on the electoral register in Thurrock at his stepsons address and then gets re-elected in 2012 by claiming he lived in East Tilbury. This councillor keeps up the pretence and appears on the electoral registers in both Thurrock and Kings Lynn and West Norfolk simultaneously since 2010. He is also the Chairman of the Planning Committee in Thurrock so doesn't have to live amongst the consequences of his planning decisions. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

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