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North Tyneside hustings debate: TUSC party says it was unfairly excluded from event

A hustings debate in the North East erupted into a full scale row between organisers and supporters of a party which said it had been unfairly excluded from the event.

It took place at Tyne Metropolitan College in Wallsend on Tuesday night in which candidates from the Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem, Green and UKIP parties for the North Tyneside constituency had been invited to share a stage.

However Tim Wall, who is the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition candidate, was not.

Before the debate started TUSC supporters entered the hall to take organisers to task for the omission in an exchange that was filmed.

On it, Mr Wall is seen sitting in one of the seats reserved for those who had been invited, introducing himself to the slightly bemused audience and telling them: “I have a democratic right to take part.”

However, chairman of TyneMet College board of governors, Bill Midgley, is seen firmly telling him: “No you have not.

Mr Midgley said before the event advice had been from the Association of Colleges (AoC) and they were told they should invite candidates from the three main parties as well as UKIP and the Greens as they all have MPs in parliament.

He added they were also following Electoral Commission guidelines which said it was a requirement that all candidates standing for a constituency should take part unless there was a practical or objective reason not to do.

Mr Midgley said their objective reason had been that they were following AoC guidelines, which said only parties with sitting MPs should attend.

He said that the National Front candidate for the constituency also had not been invited, a link which infuriated the TUSC supporters.

“How dare they tar us with the same brush as a race hate party when we have fought so hard against racism,” said Mr Wall after the event.

Eventually the debate went ahead, without Mr Wall taking part.

However he now says he could take the matter up with the Electoral Commission.

He said:

“We feel we were undemocratically excluded from the event.

“TUSC candidates have been invited to take part in hustings events at colleges across the country but not here. It seems to me they are all over the place.”

Mr Wall said that while a new party, formed five years ago, the TUSC was “the biggest of the small parties” as it had candidates standing in 135 constituencies and 600 in the local elections.

Mr Wall said:

“It’s unfathomable what they did. Isn’t this organisation supposed to be educating young people, presumably giving them the idea that democracy is a good thing? Instead they are deciding who they can and can’t listen to.”

Speaking after the event Mr Midgley accused the TUSC of trying to “hijack” the meeting and was adamant they had done nothing wrong and was insistent they had abided by AoC and Electoral Commission guidelines.

“We made it quite clear to them why we had invited the five candidates,” he said.

Ann Marie Crozier, Deputy Principal of the college, said it was TUSC’s prerogative to take the matter up with the Electorial Commission it they wanted to.

However she added: “We’re confident we followed the national guidelines to the letter.”

Source –  Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 23 Apr 2015

North Tyneside & Tynemouth election candidates

North Tyneside constituency, currently held by Labour’s Mary Glindon

John Christopher Appleby, Liberal Democrat;

Bob Batten, National Front;

Martin William Collins, Green Party;

Mary Theresa Glindon, Labour Party;

Scott Alan Hartley, UK Independence Party (UKIP);

Martin Terence McGann, Conservative Party;

Tim Wall, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

 

Tynemouth constituency, currently held by Labour’s Alan Campbell 

Alan Campbell, Labour Party;

Julia Anne Erskine, Green Party;

Glenn Anthony Hall, Conservative Party;

Gary Matthew Legg, UK Independence Party (UKIP);

John Paton-Day, Liberal Democrat.

 

 

UKIP candidate is evicted from hotel after angry outburst during political meeting

> UKIP candidates behaving badly…again.

Police had to be called to a public meeting when a UKIP candidate standing in tomorrow’s local elections was thrown out.

A torrent of swearing and shouting led to Stephen Brand being asked to leave the Park Hotel in Tynemouth following his outburst at North Tyneside Question Time run by the People’s Assembly on Monday night.

He is standing in North Tyneside’s Chirton ward for the UK Independence Party against independent candidate Amanda Normand, Labour’s Margaret Reynolds and the Conservative candidate Heather Sarin.

Two officers from Northumbria Police were called to the sea-front hotel at around 7.50pm to calm scenes in the hotel’s ballroom after Mr Brand interrupted a speaker during a discussion on education.

Despite being told by audience members to be quiet and sit down and wait his turn to speak, he continued to shout and became aggressive when event organisers approached him to usher him out of the room.

At one point he shouted that if anyone laid a hand on him “it would be assault”.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “We were called to the Park Hotel in Tynemouth following reports of a man shouting during a meeting.

“Officers attended and at the request of the manager, officers asked him to leave, which he did.”

He received no police caution or warning for his behaviour and willingly left the scene.

However his outburst just days before the election was not welcomed by fellow UKIP candidate Gary Legg, who is standing in the Monkseaton South ward.

The former member of the RAF had been invited as part of a panel of six representatives from political parties for the question-and-answer session and he is now working with the party to clarify how events unfolded on Monday night.

Joan Hewitt, who co-organised the event on behalf of the People’s Assembly, said: “Normally I wouldn’t condone the highlighting of an unpleasant incident but I think this shows that this particular UKIP candidate was not agreeing with the nature of the event, which was participatory.”

Also speaking on the panel was North Tyneside’s current Labour deputy mayor Bruce Pickard, Alan Furness, who is standing as a Conservative candidate in Valley, Martin Collins for the Green Party in Wallsend, Tim Wall standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in Benton and David Taws, the independent candidate for Collingwood.

A spokesman for UKIP said the party was conducting an inquiry into the incident, however Mr Brand will still stand on Thursday.

He said: “There is a suggestion of provocation. We would apologise however.

“It will be referred to the national executive committee who will look at everything and the committee may determine what the appropriate action is that should be taken.

“It’s very difficult before an election to do anything else. Ballot papers have gone out and they have got his name on it.

Source – Newcastle Journal, 21 May 2014