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  • "Am I surprised at Cllr Body's comments? Unfortunately I can not confirm how often he ate in dining room as I was a very infrequent visitor, usually when I had spent whole day in Council House. I am sure he will recall it was Cllr Adrian Turner, in his role, which ended the meal train and of course any one who has listened to Council meetings will be aware of my aversion to same. How often has he attended Mayor Making dinner, far more frequently than I? In respect of SRA's as my accountants and HM Revenue could confirm I used it help sponsor person through higher education. The use of PC equipment at home is primarily for access to emails and this is easily available via external link and communal PC's are already installed in Members Lounge."
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Cllr Ken Turner announced Dudley Council UKIP leader

Halesowen News: UKIP councillor Ken Turner UKIP councillor Ken Turner

VETERAN Cradley South and Hayley Green councillor Ken Turner has been named leader of UKIP party in Dudley Council.

Cllr Turner, who switched to UKIP from the Conservatives last year, will head the nine strong group in the council house and announced they will all snub next week's free meal after the Mayor making ceremony.

He said: "It is going to be different and a challenge, the electorate has shown its disapproval of the present political system and are looking for councillors to be proactive on their behalf.

"We will all be refusing the free meal provided by Dudley Council after the mayor making as we think accepting it in these difficult times will send the wrong message.

"We will also be refusing all council IT equipment to save taxpayers money, there is no reason we cannot use our own laptops."

And Cllr Turner is also pushing for the number of councillors sitting on the council to be reduced.

He said: "I have just submitted a motion to the council for July 14 to reduce the number of councillors to two a ward instead of three, something I have been pushing for for the last ten years.

"This will save money and make the council more efficient and will bring us into line with other councils like Stratford and Stafford which have already decided to reduce the number of councillors to 48."

He added: "The Conservatives including the reduction of councillors in their manifesto so they should vote with the motion.

"I urge everyone to log on and watch the debate online during the Dudley Council council meeting on Monday, July 14."

Cllr Turner has also been selected by UKIP to fight for the Walsall South constituency in the General Election next year.

He said: "I am looking forward to the campaign, the seat is high on UKIP's target list and I hope to be one of the party's first ever MPs."

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