Rebel Rochford councillor returns to Tory ranks

Back again – Dave Sperring quit the Tory party over parking charges

Back again – Dave Sperring quit the Tory party over parking charges

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THE future looks bright for the Conservatives in the Rochford District after a disillusioned councillor returned to the group.

Dave Sperring, councillor for the Trinity Ward, resigned from the Conservative party whip and left the group in March, following their handling of controversial new parking charges.

He was the second Conservative in a week to resign the whip, following Toby Mountain’s lead, and together they sat as Independent Conservatives.

But now, following discussions with group and council leader, Terry Cutmore, and last month’s elections, Mr Sperring has decided to return to the fold.

He said: “I had some specific issues with the Conservative group when I left.

“We have subsequently had some frank exchanges of views and they have assured me, as best they can, that these issues will be addressed.

“There is nothing to be achieved by being outside the group anymore, it is not utopia, but we will see where we go from here.

“I did not want to leave the group but it was the only way I could get a positive reaction.”

The controversial parking charges, which included a 25 per cent increase in the hourly rate to £1, and the introduction of charges for Saturday afternoon parking, still have yet to be enforced and will be discussed further at July’s full council meeting.

The Conservatives lost three seats in May’s local elections, but unlike other authorities in Essex, still maintain a large majority in the council, holding 27 of the 39 seats after Mr Sperring’s return.

Mr Cutmore regretted former Conservative councillor Trevor Goodwin’s decision to stand as an independent in Foulness and Great Wakering, which was won by Neil Hookway of Ukip, but said the group remains strong.

He said: “It was disappointing to lose that ward because the vote was split. We lost some ground but still won six seats so it shows some of our policies were right.

“The council has won awards in the past year and we are good on the budget front with no borrowing.

“Dave is back now and we are really pleased about that.

“This council has a tradition of serving our community well and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to continue that.”

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4:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Just maintain your stand against the increased parking charges.
Just maintain your stand against the increased parking charges. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 2

4:30pm Fri 6 Jun 14

rayleighrunner says...

too scared to stand up to the conservatives. waited to see how the elections went, realised the conservatives didn't lose as many seats as he thought they would so he's returned because they did lose 3 seats. will Councillor mountain be returning any time soon I wonder? I wish more seats had been up last May as UKIP would have won plenty more had the opportunity been there. too many conservatives controlling Essex, it's not healthy.
too scared to stand up to the conservatives. waited to see how the elections went, realised the conservatives didn't lose as many seats as he thought they would so he's returned because they did lose 3 seats. will Councillor mountain be returning any time soon I wonder? I wish more seats had been up last May as UKIP would have won plenty more had the opportunity been there. too many conservatives controlling Essex, it's not healthy. rayleighrunner
  • Score: 12

4:40pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Gravy train beckons #moneygrabbingbstard

Take party politics out of local govt
Gravy train beckons #moneygrabbingbstard Take party politics out of local govt Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 15

5:35pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jolllyboy says...

Cannot believe he has done this.
Those who vote for him will remember.
Cannot believe he has done this. Those who vote for him will remember. jolllyboy
  • Score: 7

6:09pm Fri 6 Jun 14

LexyGirl says...

rayleighrunner wrote:
too scared to stand up to the conservatives. waited to see how the elections went, realised the conservatives didn't lose as many seats as he thought they would so he's returned because they did lose 3 seats. will Councillor mountain be returning any time soon I wonder? I wish more seats had been up last May as UKIP would have won plenty more had the opportunity been there. too many conservatives controlling Essex, it's not healthy.
oh well said rayleighrunner :)
[quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: too scared to stand up to the conservatives. waited to see how the elections went, realised the conservatives didn't lose as many seats as he thought they would so he's returned because they did lose 3 seats. will Councillor mountain be returning any time soon I wonder? I wish more seats had been up last May as UKIP would have won plenty more had the opportunity been there. too many conservatives controlling Essex, it's not healthy.[/p][/quote]oh well said rayleighrunner :) LexyGirl
  • Score: 7

6:56pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

This is not what people voted for.
This is not what people voted for. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 7

8:40pm Fri 6 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
This is not what people voted for.
More fool them!
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: This is not what people voted for.[/p][/quote]More fool them! ThisYear
  • Score: -1

9:50am Sat 7 Jun 14

roger moore says...

the tories can do one as far as i'm concerned.
the tories can do one as far as i'm concerned. roger moore
  • Score: 2

8:28pm Sat 7 Jun 14

BarryTanner says...

The piffle in the quotes attributed to Dave Herring in this article make him sound like a total "bow-lock" head.....the picture confirms it.
The piffle in the quotes attributed to Dave Herring in this article make him sound like a total "bow-lock" head.....the picture confirms it. BarryTanner
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

rayleighrunner wrote:
too scared to stand up to the conservatives. waited to see how the elections went, realised the conservatives didn't lose as many seats as he thought they would so he's returned because they did lose 3 seats. will Councillor mountain be returning any time soon I wonder? I wish more seats had been up last May as UKIP would have won plenty more had the opportunity been there. too many conservatives controlling Essex, it's not healthy.
Well I can tell you now that the Rochford/Southend UKIP are largely misogynists. Lee/Hayter/Moyies in particular. And Moyies is a Scottish Nationalist that thinks St George's day is racist.

Believe me, the Conservatives are the lesser of the two evils in this respect. Anyone who has been involved will tell you about the attitude of this lot. The Basildon ones are OK, the Wickford ones aren't much to write home about either.

UKIP has its share of carpetbaggers and fifth columnists. One of the worst is one of the newly elected Wickford mafia...no prizes for guessing which one.
[quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: too scared to stand up to the conservatives. waited to see how the elections went, realised the conservatives didn't lose as many seats as he thought they would so he's returned because they did lose 3 seats. will Councillor mountain be returning any time soon I wonder? I wish more seats had been up last May as UKIP would have won plenty more had the opportunity been there. too many conservatives controlling Essex, it's not healthy.[/p][/quote]Well I can tell you now that the Rochford/Southend UKIP are largely misogynists. Lee/Hayter/Moyies in particular. And Moyies is a Scottish Nationalist that thinks St George's day is racist. Believe me, the Conservatives are the lesser of the two evils in this respect. Anyone who has been involved will tell you about the attitude of this lot. The Basildon ones are OK, the Wickford ones aren't much to write home about either. UKIP has its share of carpetbaggers and fifth columnists. One of the worst is one of the newly elected Wickford mafia...no prizes for guessing which one. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

8:43pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Democrat says...

How disgusting. His electors should be allowed to have a by-election,
How disgusting. His electors should be allowed to have a by-election, Democrat
  • Score: 3

8:48pm Sun 8 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
rayleighrunner wrote:
too scared to stand up to the conservatives. waited to see how the elections went, realised the conservatives didn't lose as many seats as he thought they would so he's returned because they did lose 3 seats. will Councillor mountain be returning any time soon I wonder? I wish more seats had been up last May as UKIP would have won plenty more had the opportunity been there. too many conservatives controlling Essex, it's not healthy.
Well I can tell you now that the Rochford/Southend UKIP are largely misogynists. Lee/Hayter/Moyies in particular. And Moyies is a Scottish Nationalist that thinks St George's day is racist.

Believe me, the Conservatives are the lesser of the two evils in this respect. Anyone who has been involved will tell you about the attitude of this lot. The Basildon ones are OK, the Wickford ones aren't much to write home about either.

UKIP has its share of carpetbaggers and fifth columnists. One of the worst is one of the newly elected Wickford mafia...no prizes for guessing which one.
Gandy, Have you ever considered that the people you mention dislike you rather than women?

I personally despise you yet like women...And I've never had the misfortune of being in your less than pleasant company..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayleighrunner[/bold] wrote: too scared to stand up to the conservatives. waited to see how the elections went, realised the conservatives didn't lose as many seats as he thought they would so he's returned because they did lose 3 seats. will Councillor mountain be returning any time soon I wonder? I wish more seats had been up last May as UKIP would have won plenty more had the opportunity been there. too many conservatives controlling Essex, it's not healthy.[/p][/quote]Well I can tell you now that the Rochford/Southend UKIP are largely misogynists. Lee/Hayter/Moyies in particular. And Moyies is a Scottish Nationalist that thinks St George's day is racist. Believe me, the Conservatives are the lesser of the two evils in this respect. Anyone who has been involved will tell you about the attitude of this lot. The Basildon ones are OK, the Wickford ones aren't much to write home about either. UKIP has its share of carpetbaggers and fifth columnists. One of the worst is one of the newly elected Wickford mafia...no prizes for guessing which one.[/p][/quote]Gandy, Have you ever considered that the people you mention dislike you rather than women? I personally despise you yet like women...And I've never had the misfortune of being in your less than pleasant company.. ThisYear
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