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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6:02pm Wed 28 May 14

Phil W Cooper says...

If UKIP goes the way of the BNP and disappears, I suppose the next jump will be to the Lib/Dems or to a traditional party like they did Sandwell , I'm the leader of the pack I am
If UKIP goes the way of the BNP and disappears, I suppose the next jump will be to the Lib/Dems or to a traditional party like they did Sandwell , I'm the leader of the pack I am Phil W Cooper
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10:11pm Wed 28 May 14

Sam Vimes says...

Any flag you like as long as I can be mother....

I wonder about the practicalities of the IT equipment refusal. I foresee issues with support when personal equipment fails, when secure data has to be accessed, when upgrades stop council software working etc. Presumably a council wide support contract is in place so refusing a few bits of kit here or there will make absolutely no difference to how much it costs the tax payer. In fact it might make it more expensive as there'll be less kit covered for the same money.
Any flag you like as long as I can be mother.... I wonder about the practicalities of the IT equipment refusal. I foresee issues with support when personal equipment fails, when secure data has to be accessed, when upgrades stop council software working etc. Presumably a council wide support contract is in place so refusing a few bits of kit here or there will make absolutely no difference to how much it costs the tax payer. In fact it might make it more expensive as there'll be less kit covered for the same money. Sam Vimes
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9:10am Thu 29 May 14

BloggerSte says...

This shows a very limited amount of business acumen, get rid of a £200 notepad so loads of committee papers can then be posted costing the council a fortune on postage and extra staff is stupid.
As for 3 Councillors, would he sack himself ? or does he think he's that good he should pick the ones to go?
It may escape his limited knowledge it was designed with 3 so one councillor had a casting vote on ward issues, its called democracy.
Would he consider cutting all Councillors money by 1/3 NO CHANCE.
I doubt he would cut his own money., I challenge him ?

Politicians like this think they are SO GOOD they can sack others
I now await his call for more allowance money because he works so hard with a councillor missing. lol.
This shows a very limited amount of business acumen, get rid of a £200 notepad so loads of committee papers can then be posted costing the council a fortune on postage and extra staff is stupid. As for 3 Councillors, would he sack himself ? or does he think he's that good he should pick the ones to go? It may escape his limited knowledge it was designed with 3 so one councillor had a casting vote on ward issues, its called democracy. Would he consider cutting all Councillors money by 1/3 NO CHANCE. I doubt he would cut his own money., I challenge him ? Politicians like this think they are SO GOOD they can sack others I now await his call for more allowance money because he works so hard with a councillor missing. lol. BloggerSte
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3:41pm Thu 29 May 14

patriotic citizen says...

@bloggerSte, At a recent Council meeting Cllr Turner proposed all special responsibility allowances for Councillors be scrapped in these austere times, UKIP councillors voted for the proposal whilst all Labour & Conservative councillors voted against.
@bloggerSte, At a recent Council meeting Cllr Turner proposed all special responsibility allowances for Councillors be scrapped in these austere times, UKIP councillors voted for the proposal whilst all Labour & Conservative councillors voted against. patriotic citizen
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5:06pm Thu 29 May 14

deanperks@live.com says...

If there is an issue and it is of no cost re the IT side then it could be looked at I'd imagine but I'd rather see the laptops used by kids that can't afford one for school work giving equal oppertunities to those from less well off families.
As for the councillors ALL would have to be stood down and re elected so no prefrence by anyone.
If there is an issue and it is of no cost re the IT side then it could be looked at I'd imagine but I'd rather see the laptops used by kids that can't afford one for school work giving equal oppertunities to those from less well off families. As for the councillors ALL would have to be stood down and re elected so no prefrence by anyone. deanperks@live.com
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4:42pm Fri 30 May 14

Richard Body says...

First time Ken Turner has turned his nose up to a free meal. After years of taking the full councillors allowance and eating the free meals before every meeting, now he only has a year to go he changes his mind??????
First time Ken Turner has turned his nose up to a free meal. After years of taking the full councillors allowance and eating the free meals before every meeting, now he only has a year to go he changes his mind?????? Richard Body
  • Score: 1

6:53pm Fri 30 May 14

Harry Flashman says...

Noted from Halesowen News, Dudley News and Stourbridge News 2 weeks ago from the Conservative Election Address with their Councillors advertisement ..quote "Cut the cost of local politics by reducing the number of councillors from 72 to 48, or holding elections every 4 years - saving the council tax payers over 1.2m"
Do UKIP have no policies of their own ? Clearly not.
Noted from Halesowen News, Dudley News and Stourbridge News 2 weeks ago from the Conservative Election Address with their Councillors advertisement ..quote "Cut the cost of local politics by reducing the number of councillors from 72 to 48, or holding elections every 4 years - saving the council tax payers over 1.2m" Do UKIP have no policies of their own ? Clearly not. Harry Flashman
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9:20am Sun 1 Jun 14

Kenneth Turner says...

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.
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. Kenneth Turner
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3:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Richard Body says...

Kenneth Turner wrote:
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.
I can confirm I have never eaten a meal before any council or area committee meeting. However I have drank coffee. I can confirm I have attended 5 mayor making meals in 10 years. I can confirm I also proudly attended the Freeman of the borough for Lenny Henry. I can also confirm I do not use a council laptop. Thanks Richard
[quote][p][bold]Kenneth Turner[/bold] wrote: 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.[/p][/quote]I can confirm I have never eaten a meal before any council or area committee meeting. However I have drank coffee. I can confirm I have attended 5 mayor making meals in 10 years. I can confirm I also proudly attended the Freeman of the borough for Lenny Henry. I can also confirm I do not use a council laptop. Thanks Richard Richard Body
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3:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Sam Vimes says...

Kenneth Turner wrote:
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.
How altruistic to sponsor someone through higher education with other peoples money. Presumably there's a nice tax relief benefit for such charity.
[quote][p][bold]Kenneth Turner[/bold] wrote: 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.[/p][/quote]How altruistic to sponsor someone through higher education with other peoples money. Presumably there's a nice tax relief benefit for such charity. Sam Vimes
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