Monday, February 26, 2024

MP Slams “Humiliated” Tories

MP ANGELA SMITH has joined a host of other groups in slamming the Thurrock Tories over their handling of the BNP in Thurrock.

The South Basildon and East Thurrock MP has been a fierce critic of the BNP for many years and in this interview slams the Tories, warning them regarding letting the BNP have an inordinate amount of power.

In the interview Ms Smith slams the Tories for:
“Pandering to the BNP”
“Tories accepted BNP Councillors lifeline…the only place in the country where that would be accepted.”
“If I was a Thurrock Tory I would be embarrassed and humiliated”.

So this piece makes sense you can see below the original interview with Cllr Hipsey as well as the rebuttal by Tory Councillor Barry Johnson who claims that the minutes which discuss “Allowing the BNP to win” are a fake.

1 COMMENT

  1. This is really pathetic by Labour.

    As they full know the law is on the side of the BNP. Local Authorities up and down the country have found themselves in the same posision where the BNP are using public buildings for election meetings. They have the R

    Sections 95 of the Representation of the Peoples Act 1983 states:

    95 Schools and rooms for parliamentary election meetings(1)Subject to the provisions of this section, a candidate at a parliamentary election is entitled for the purpose of holding public meetings in furtherance of his candidature to the use [F1free of charge] of reasonable times between the receipt of the writ and [F2the day preceding] the date of the poll of—
    (a)a suitable room in the premises of a school to which this section applies;
    (b)any meeting room to which this section applies.
    (2)This section applies—
    (a)in England and Wales, to [F3community, foundation and voluntary schools] of which the premises are situated in the constituency or an adjoining constituency, and
    (b)in Scotland, to any school of which the premises are so situated, not being an independent school within the meaning of the M1Education (Scotland) Act 1980.
    but a candidate is not entitled under this section to the use of a room in school premises outside the constituency if there is a suitable room in other premises in the constituency which are reasonably accessible from the same parts of the constituency as those outside and are premises of a school to which this section applies.
    (3)This section applies to meeting rooms situated in the constituency, the expense of maintaining which is payable wholly or mainly out of public funds or out of any rate, or by a body whose expenses are so payable.
    (4)Where a room is used for a meeting in pursuance of the rights conferred by this section, the person by whom or on whose behalf the meeting is convened—
    (a)[F4shall defray any expenses] incurred in preparing, warming, lighting and cleaning the room and providing attendance for the meeting and restoring the room to its usual condition after the meeting; and
    (b)shall defray any damage done to the room or the premises in which it is situated, or to the furniture, fittings or apparatus in the room or premises.
    (5)A candidate is not entitled to exercise the rights conferred by this section except on reasonable notice; and this section does not authorise any interference with the hours during which a room in school premises is used for educational purposes, or any interference with the use of a meeting room either for the purposes of the person maintaining it or under a prior agreement for its letting for any purpose.
    (6)The provisions of Schedule 5 to this Act have effect with respect to the rights conferred by this section and the arrangements to be made for their exercise.
    (7)For the purposes of this section (except those of paragraph (b) of subsection (4) above), the premises of a school shall not be taken to include any private dwelling F5. . ., and in this section—
    (a)the expression “meeting room” means any room which it is the practice to let for public meetings; and
    (b)the expression “room” includes a hall, gallery or gymnasium.
    (8)This section does not apply to Northern Ireland.

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