Friday, 19 July 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Meltdown as Tory Chairman Receives Landslide Vote of No Confidence.

Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Crawley Association lose No Confidence vote by massive margin.

TBG can exclusively reveal that the Crawley Conservative Association vote of No Confidence in Chairman Lee Gilroy, and Deputy Chairman Political Karl Williamson, has been overwhelmingly carried this evening.

The motion of No Confidence was carried by approximately 95% of attending Crawley members in separate ballots against both Lee Gilroy and Karl Williamson.

Neither Gilroy or Williamson were said to be in attendance at what was described locally as "an exceptionally well-attended meeting." A tbg source said, "The massive scale of this No Confidence vote must prove how unpopular both the Chairman and his Deputy had become and how their suitability in carrying out their roles was viewed by their party grassroots. This crushing defeat has to remove any lingering authority and make their positions untenable. The only option has to be to resign with immediate effect so that the local party can move on."

It has previously been alleged that Lee Gilroy had stated that both he and Karl Williamson would refuse to resign if they lost the vote. It is rumoured that following the vote, CCHQ is poised to be inundated by Crawley members demanding action if the resignations do not occur immediately.

[READ] - EXCLUSIVE: 'No Confidence' Tory Deputy Chair' Makes Bullying Complaint Against 12 Councillors Over Vote.


Joe Public said...

I was in attendance at this meeting and have never witnesses such a hapless bunch of corrupt morons in all my life. The air in the room reeked with the stench of corruption and skulduggery. Many members of the room seemed to have been bussed in and had no idea why they were there to vote. Comparing it to the elections in Zimbabwe where voters would join the back of the queue to have a vote again.

The was no reason for a vote of No Confidence it was all made up on the night with random people standing up and announcing stories with no evidence and based purely on speculation. Each story that was presented was third hand and each speaker. This must be how the witch hunters such as Duncan Crow plied their trade with mass hysteria. The drowning of Lee Gilroy and Karl Williamson would have been proved their innocence.

There were people voting who were not members within the 3 month rule. There were people there who had no idea what they were voting about. There were known people at the meeting who have a grudge against the Chairman and his Deputy, they used this meeting to air a view and then had a vote. There was no actual reason why there was a vote of no confidence.

Duncan Crow the Witch Hunter had already predetermined the vote and built the gallows ready. Now the m ob has decided to hunt down Karl Williamson and Lee Gilroy and string them up. What are they string them up for? This has nothing to do with a vote of No Confidence and it’s all to do with Bob Lanzer the Leader of the Council sending Sex Pest Texts to a younger Councillor Male. This has now resulted in a complaint which the petitioners wanted to be covered up.

The meeting has no bearing on the leadership of the Association and why should they step down and why should Councillors feel its ok to bully and intimidate the Association officers. Duncan Crow admitted at the meeting he would stand as Leader if Bob stepped down and it was clear to everyone that this was all skulduggery so Lee Gilroy would step down as Chairman. Then Bob Lanzer would step in as the new Chairman leaving the Council to be run by Duncan crow. You can only compare this to an episode of Dallas or Dynasty.

I hope the minutes of the meeting show who made the statements and they have evidence to back up the malicious comments. I doubt we will ever see these minutes unless they were written before the meeting started.

Lee Gilroy said...

The meeting that was held although having the correct number of petitioners to call an SGM has no legal basis in the Party Rules to remove the Chairman or Deputy. This meeting was put together based on false allegations and I hope that the minutes record accurately the names and comments made by individuals in a public meeting. I have heard the expression used that this is a Witch Hunt and a personal attack by individuals upset at losing their County Seats in the west Sussex Elections and wanting to pass the blame to someone.

This meeting was a public meeting when non association members and non party members were in attendance and some spoke at the meeting. The speakers must realise the next steps are for myself to take legal action for slander and defamation of my Character in a public meeting. Statements were made which need to have supporting evidence and it was very naive of Councillors to thrown around slanderous accusations about myself as a member of the public.

As democratically elected Chairman I will not be resigning from this position. The next AGM is in Feb 2014 and if you wish to threaten me with everyone going independent if I don’t step down then you are clearly displaying more bullying and intimidation. You have the option of going to the Party Board and one by one you can make your false statements which you will need evidence to support. I can also attend to defend myself and we can let justice follow its correct path rather than the Kangaroo court which has been held.

There are elections being held in May 2014 and time is running out fast and while you are focused on Leadership Challenges, Sending each other sordid texts, false complaints, we as the Association are still functioning and starting the Campaigning. The truth always comes out in the end and if you had any guts you would carry out your threats of going independent but you wont you will all just carry on sniping and bitching in the background trying to destroy everything around you.

I think you all need to focus on your own Group at the moment which has no leadership and the leader is being investigated by the police for sexual harassment. Duncan Crow plotting and scheming to find a way of becoming Leader so he can top up his allowances from the public purse. Stop a moment and look around you and do you really think that what you have done is fair and just.

Lee Gilroy
Chairman of the Crawley Conservative Association

Adam said...

I would say the biggest issue facing the association is this leak to this site. For all the details to be on here an hour after the meeting is bad.

Regardless of who leads the association it is the public revelations of private events that is really eroding trust.

Simon Darroch said...

It would be interesting to know who leaked the above. Councillors at the meeting made it clear that everything should remain internal. And the way the above is worded smacks of cllr crow who does in my opinion need taking down a peg or two.
As someone who was there though the meeting andits outcome mean nothing. No one from the assoc area Cchq or N010 were in attendance and both parties involved are not obliged to resign and aren't being stood down by the party. What councillors should be doing is signing their new obligatory contracts and last night would have been better spent talking about job creation projects or canvassing or going for a curry and beer as a group of like minded friends.

J said...

How about Crow just goes and get a job? It's disgraceful that a fit and able middle aged man is robbing the public purse and is not working. Being a councillor is NOT a full time job so don't even try and defend yourself in that way.

You are lazy and should go and get a job be it 9-5 or shift work. See how the other half live instead of having your dinners paid for at Chichester.

Cllr Karl Williamson said...

J, I agree with what you have said. There are too many fit and able Councillors who do not work and sponge off the state through allowances.

Like Lee, I will not be resigning due to untruths told on the night. How can I be accused of not running an effective 2013 county campaign when candidates do not turn up to campaign days, ignore emails for help on action days or send abusive emails on Christmas Eve?

Shame on Crow et al for spreading lies and trying to discredit the Chairman and I. Maybe if the candidates actually got out and campaigned instead of not turning up to NUMEROUS actions days then we would have held seats.

Of course, no one will admit they had over 9 months to campaign in their wards and fight for what they believe in, instead of moaning and bitching. Lets not forget we actually had a candidate cycling around on polling day on his bike doing jack all... Like that is going to get people to vote for you!

There is too much corruption in the Conservative group at Crawley Borough Council, what with the Leader paying for Councillor's membership to other associations (feel free to ask me for proof as I have it) and offering positions such as Chair of Licensing in order to retain the majority and keep undesirable Councillors onside.

Cllr Karl Williamson
Deputy Chair Political & Campaigning - Crawley Conservative Association.

Anonymous said...

you know who else uses "i was democratically elected at the time" dictators. that's who. lets not turn this into a dictatorship.

Duncan Cowdray said...


Richard W. Symonds said...

This all sounds very "Templeton Peck" & Masonic to me.

Richard W. Symonds said...

This sounds all very 'Templeton Peck' & Masonic to me. I hope I'm wrong.

Anonymous said...

A look through Crawley councils register of councillor interests shows three councillors who have registered that they are freemasons. Burke, Marshall-Asough and Walker. All are tories.

Richard W. Symonds said...

Lee Gilroy, when he was a Councillor, was also on the Register of Interests, as affiliated to the Masonic fraternity.

By the way, it is - or was (before the Standards Board was abolished guessed it - the Tories) a legal requirement for councillors to register their masonic affiliation on their Register of Intersts.

Presumably, Mr Gilroy - still Chairman of Crawley's Conservative Association as far as I know - is still a Freemason?

Anonymous said...

Don't know about Freemasons but a google search of "Lee Gilroy Crawley" throws up some curious stuff about several building companies being started and going bankrupt. Looks like the Crawley tories didn't exercise due diligence in who they allowed to run them.

Richard W. Symonds said...

Looks to me like a simple fracture between Masonic councillors and Non-Masonic Councillors.

Anonymous said...

Dr Howard Bloom is a Freemason and has not declared it on his register of interests.

Anonymous said...

Karl Williamson is a Freemason and has not declared it on his register of interests.

Lee Gilroy said...

Did I really write that post above and put anonymous ?

Dear oh dear....... Crow be brave and put your name to the posts instead of continuously posting anonymous and slandering everyone.

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