Monday, 15 July 2013

EXCLUSIVE: More Tory Chaos in Crawley.

TBG can today confirm that the chaos in the Crawley Conservative Party has, if anything, got worse in recent days.

With Conservative Campaign Headquarters saying that help is being offered at area level it seems as though that offer has fallen on deaf ears.

Even though there are some in the Crawley Conservatives who want a clean fresh start for the local party others are not so like minded.

Another source has come forward to tbg and told us that "There are members within the Conservative Group in Crawley who are hell bent to hanging on to power using any form of corruption or skulduggery."

"There was only a few but the numbers are growing they just want to hang on for power."

"I want the party to clean of these kinds of people so that we are not tarnished by political sleaze."

The source told tbg this morning that they don't want "to bring down the party but to get rid of the scumbags who make decisions on our lives."

"There is a list of stuff and just few are the vote rigging that has taken place in county elections.

"The leader of the council knowingly had two members in his group, who were not members of the party so therefore they were on committees and voting when they should not have been."

"When the Chairman of the party (Lee Gilroy) discovered this, he was told to cover it up by the leader Bob Lanzer and he refused."

"This has caused resentment towards the chairman as he will not accept corruption and sleaze."

"The Leader of the council then paid the membership to another association in Horsham so that they could be members in Crawley through a loophole."

"I have also heard that a police investigation has started on the complaint towards Cllr Bob Lanzer for sexual harassment towards a man half his age."

"If this was a member of staff they would be suspended immediately, but Cllr Bob Lanzer seems to not care about the image of the party and is only interested in hanging on in there for his allowance."

The source ends by telling tbg that "Lanzer and Crow should just go and give the party in Crawley a chance to rebuild."

At the time of writing, both Bob Lanzer and Duncan Crow were unavailable for comment.

Another source has told tbg that Council Leader Bob Lanzer has the support of 17 out of the 21 Tory Councillors in Crawley.

Tory Association Chairman Lee Gilroy faces a Vote of No Confidence this coming Friday, as exclusively revealed on tbg, and the source also commented, "Cllr's Gilroy and Williamson are out to smear all those who have signed the no confidence petition" against their rule of the local Conservative Association.

Twelve councillors out of 21 have signed the No Confidence motion. It has also been alleged that Gilroy and Williamson have said they'll not stand down if they ever lost such a vote.

It truly seems as if the Crawley Tories are at war.


Adam said...

I am probably wrong but I thought that you did not have to be an association member to be part of a group. Surely it would simply be a conservative/independent coalition.

I don't think what is going on here is anything more than a bit of internal politics that is escalating as you have given people an outlet to attack each other, I can only hope that everyone settles down after the meeting on Friday.

Anonymous said...

Adam, you must be a member of the Conservative Party to be able to be admitted onto the Conservative Group.

Only Conservative members are allowed membership of the group.

Anonymous said...

The bogus claim that two councillors are not Conservative party members is another lie to add to the other bogus smears and allegations against Bob Lanzer and his supporters that all originate from the same very small minority of troublemakers. The two councillors have always been members of the party but switched their membership to a neighbouring association as they were deeply unhappy with the leadership of the Crawley association. This prevented them from signing the no confidence motion that otherwise would have been 14 councillors out of 21.

Anonymous said...

Duncan you are wrong. Those two Councillors were not members of the party since late last year and only became members of the party a few months ago when they "joined" Horsham.

Alison Burke said...

OK - so if we are washing our dirty laundry in public Duncan - please explain to me why you are telling people that I am one of the "minority of trouble makers"? Is it because I called the SGM a Kangaroo Court? we all know that this meeting is nothing to do with the councillors contracts - it is to do with the complaint against Bob. You just cannot stand the fact that you do not control it all anymore!
You and a few others are the reason that I am no longer involved in politics - disgusting behaviour.

Anonymous said...

A few points: 1. Before asking for an FOI request, the person concerned should have realised that this will possibly now lead to an investigation concerning why they are using a council provided email service for party purposes which is not allowed. 2. The Tory Group is now even a bigger laughing stock than it was in opposition under Burrett. 3. Lanzer is the only reason Tories are in power - the opposition and respect him and his abilities a manager. Frankly, at the next elections, all this rubbish is going to cost control of the council.

Peter said...

Let's hope so. You are not deserving if our support. The lot of you. Make Crawley a conservative free zone.

Duncan said...

I have every right if to stand for leadership. If Bobs decides to step down and I understand why he would considering the police involvement. I then have every right to put my name forward to challenge for leadership of the group. It will be a difficult task but I am willing to take on that extra role to add to my others in west sussex.

Ali how dare you threaten me.

Tory Boy said...

So Bob Lanzer paying the subs for Cllr Sally and Keith Blake to Horsham is this the same.

Two Labour councillors suspended over paying subs for new members

The Northern Echo reports that two Labour councillors in Middlesbrough have been suspended after paying the subscriptions of new members. Cllr Pervaz Khan, who represents the Middlehaven Ward, and Derek Loughborough, from the North Ormesby and Brambles Farm Ward, are the councillors involved. They are now being investigated by the Labour North Regional Office.

In a statement the pair said:

“We have no comment to make at this point as it is an internal matter for the Labour Party to investigate.”

The report adds:

"An insider from the Middlesbrough Labour group said the councillors had been working hard in their communities to recruit new members by offering to help them to pay their first annual subscription, but neither had broken any party rules."

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