Thursday, 13 September 2007

Labour councillor accused over 'slurs' (John Taylor take note)

A Labour politician beat a gay Liberal Democrat opponent in a London local election by making homophobic comments about him to voters, a court has heard. Nicholas Russell told Waltham Forest magistrates his running mate, Miranda Grell, had a "disgusting attitude". He said Ms Grell told voters her rival Barry Smith claimed to be married yet had a 14-year-old Thai boyfriend. Ms Grell, 29, denies four counts of making false statements about another candidate to gain electoral advantage. Mr Smith, 56, who has a long-term 39-year-old Malaysian partner, had served on Waltham Forest Council in east London for three years and was defending a 600-vote majority in last year's elections.
The court heard Mr Smith was devastated by the way he had lost his seat to Ms Grell by 28 votes. He later moved to northern England. In the final weeks of canvassing, people slammed doors in his face and, after his defeat, he was abused, threatened and spat at, the court heard. Leyton resident Naomi Robinson told the court she was shocked to hear Ms Grell call Mr Smith a paedophile during the election campaign. She said: "Miss Grell told me to ask him [Mr Smith] about his 14-year-old boyfriend as she was driving away from the front of the house. "I was quite shocked actually. I was not sure whether to believe it was true or not." The court heard that in a police interview Ms Grell said such comments were "patently absurd".
She admitted telling one voter Mr Smith was gay and had a "19-year-old Thai boyfriend", and believed in hindsight this was indiscreet, the court heard.

56 comments:

west roy kevin said...

Let freedom and truth be the way.

Tameside Citizen said...

Mr West, read the next news item about your party having the most popular party political website in the country. You backed a rank outsider by nailing your colours to the BNP, but there is a possibility, if the country continues on this downward spiral that your gamble may pay off and your rank outsider one day comes romping home to victory.

west roy kevin said...

Use the Bible for the word and you will find courage.

roadmunkey said...

Yes, Labour councillors better be careful what they say in Tameside about the opposition as like their election literature, it is all lies.

the real SPP said...

Hey nobby, don't forget I am watching you and I know where you are. And always remember to take your medicine when mummy gives it.

tonydj said...

Was/is this homophobia or racism? Were they objecting to the candidate because he was allegedly gay or because his alleged partner was non-white?

Was he gettng stick off the local gay community due to the racial overtones?

This news item poses more questions than it answers.

roadmunkey said...

O RLY and just why would you respond to the comment Sean and make more silly claims...

And Sean if you feel grossly offended by what I say, please do hand in my comments to the Conservative group.

Anonymous said...

We hear from an email source that councillor John Taylor has documented evidence that Tameside bnp has a wife beater in it's ranks. Also that a bnp member from Hyde racially abused a young girl.

tonydj said...

Quote "We hear from an email source that councillor John Taylor has documented evidence that Tameside bnp has a wife beater in it's ranks." And who is/are "WE" I'd also like to see this evidence


Quote "Also that a bnp member from Hyde racially abused a young girl."


Note that word "racially"....as if that made it worse....unlike, say, being abusive about the disabled. So what if they used "racial" abuse? Define it!

Anonymous said...

This young girl that Taylor is saying was racially abused was a persistant nuisance, well known for intimidating local people in Hyde. She was convicted for smashing windows, the victim was hit in the face as the brick came through the window. The police were never away from her house. My point is this, if cllr Taylor is so desperate to stop the bnp in Tameside, he should come up with something better than this. John Taylor lives in the gutter when it comes to politics.

Anonymous said...

Taylor confirms in an email, that if this person stands in the next election for the bnp, he will then be exposed has a wife beater, it's all documented he says.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha there is a few wife beaters in the current Labour council ask around why they didn't attend this years mayors ceremony. How any Labour councillor can preach on about anti wife beating is beyond me.

Tameside Citizen said...

"Taylor confirms in an email, that if this person stands in the next election for the bnp, he will then be exposed has a wife beater, it's all documented he says."

Well if this is the case, it is a police matter because this is an attempt to blackmail. Blackmail is treated as a serious offence that can lead to a custodial sentence.

ncb1970 said...

To those of us who know what the average Labour Councillor is like , this story comes as no surprise.

tonydj said...

"Tt's all documented....."
By whom? And how did Cllr Taylor get the documents??

This is getting very interesting........

NCB1970 said...

To paraphrase Tom Cruise,

"SHOW ME THE DOCUMENTS"

mums the word said...

Cllr John Taylor informed a Citizen by letter, that if he was to stand in Hyde Godley ward a few years ago now, he would be exposed by is opponents for having a court order against him. It turns out that the Labour cllr that was worried about this guy standing against him in Hyde Godley, well this cllrs step son was one of the gang of thugs that was attacking this guys house who was threating to stand has a candidate.

mums the word said...

The following message was sent by Cllr John Taylor to an email address he feels confident to send this stuff to.
....have you contacted your candidate who stood against me in Dukinfield and asked him about my legal action against him, I spared him some considerable expense because I am told he is unfit to work, except for delivering leaflets all day and cleaning up riverbanks and other sites, while I am out working my socks off all day and paying my tax bills.

Anonymous said...

Cllr John Taylor has said on his website, that the bridge in Dukinfield going in to Hyde will be painted from white to black so that the local Fascist will not cross it. Is this bloke right in the head?

gay boy said...

Sean Parker homophobic perry is joining us in Dukinfield having bought two properties on the Lakes site.

Liam said...

FYI "gay boy" is not me although I am one. I always comment under my own name.

Brian Wild said...

I will let Taylor do the talking for me.

Anonymous said...

I must say that is very funny.

Gay boy said...

That photograph of Brian Wild is what the people of Dukinfield want to see. What a complete prat.

Liam said...

What? Politicians looking a bunch of prize pricks playing "it's a knock out" Hmmmmmmmmm....

gay boy said...

Liam, how did you get to know about this blog?

Liam said...

Google Alerts.

http://www.google.com/alerts

gay boy said...

Hey, Liam have you been a candidate for the Conservatives?

Liam said...

No I have not been a candidate for the Conservatives.

truth finder said...

Shock and horror, the Labour party involved in smear campaigns against other candidates.

Truth finder said...

Liam, you seem to be very knowledgeable when it comes to local government. Can I ask you this question: Can a local councillor gather information about a person from a privilegd position, like say, being involved with the Social Services and using some information on a fellow candidate?

Liam said...

No they may not! If you have reason to believe this is the case, you should take action straight away!

It doesn't surprise me if it was to go on in Tameside MBC.

Oh look at John Taylor's council responsibilities. One of them includes being a "Member of Housing Partnership"

Anonymous said...

I strongly suspect that Cllr John Taylor is using his position with New Charter Housing and personal Services to gain information about a bnp candidate. I have some evidence from an email source where Taylor has strongly suggested that he his doing so.

Liam said...

So do you still think I am paranoid?

Anonymous said...

I never said that you were paranoid. That was another Anonymous.

Liam said...

Drop me a message to liam.billington@gmail.com

tonydj said...

Liam is right, it is not permitted to mis-use information in this way. It is certainly covered by the Data Protection Act and probably other acts.

Liam said...

Aye ye must to the Standards Board for England. Although ye must not expect somethin to come of it. I made a complaint about that scurvy dog Sean Parker-Perry about the homophobic comments made he. There response be something or ov'r that it did not breach their ethical code o' conduct. Arrrrr!

P.S. It be talk like a pirate day today.

west roy kevin said...

I made a complaint to the standards board about Cllr John Taylor, sending me strange letters.

Liam said...
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Liam said...

Arrrr look what a fellow blogger found out about thar Scallywag Sean Parker-Perry.



This edit was made while both Hutton & Purnell worked in the same Department - Hutton was Secretary of State for Pensions from November 2005, whilst Purnell has joined the Department as a junior Minister in May 2006. Perhaps this edit is something to do with rivalry?

Gay Boy Observer said...

Come on ladies, get a life, jealousy will get you nowhere.

west roy kevin said...

Everything must be done to make the established politicians feel uncomfortable.

west roy kevin said...

Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.

Anonymous said...

CATHOLICS AND CLOSET QUEERS. HOW QUAINT!

Brian Wild said...

Oh I say.

gay boy said...

[Looks very gay Brian]

west roy kevin said...

What is the real motive behind Cllr John Taylor's wish to give out my home address to members of the public?

Anonymous said...

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

h.l.mencken. said...

All governments ...are against liberty.

Anonymous said...

Doesnt brian look sexy? Is his buddy Taylor gay

Anonymous said...

I can tell you that he is shit at cleaning windowa.

Anonymous said...

Sorry not windowa, I mean windows, what a tit I am.

Anonymous said...

Like journalists, labour politicians have a failed career and seek something else to compensate that.

Is Taylor's site down? I can't seem to access it. Pitty I just sent an email to Private Eye about his "black bridge" comments.

Anonymous said...

Tee hee

Anonymous said...

Help I'm falling I think I'm also losing my mind.