Sunday, 24 April 2011

Do you know who is standing to represent you ?


With May 5th rapidly approaching, it's difficult to know where to start in debating the issues that Maltby Town Council have had over the past four years since the elections in 2007.
To keep up to date via blogging became an almost 24/7 task, especially during 2008/2009 (Read here http://wwwrite-place.blogspot.com ) so I hope that now looking at things in retrospect, we can gain a better understanding of what we can expect from our elected members in the future.
So, Maltby's candidates for Rotherham Borough Council, 2011 :
 
Michael Burke (BNP), Michael Conlon,  Christine Beaumont (Labour), Derek Johnson (Conservative), John Kirk (Independent).
 
Michael Burke was in 2010 hoping to follow fellow BNP member Will Blair, who was elected to RMBC in 2008. Last year he said he'd been getting a good reaction from people and had been asked for more leaflets. In The Dinnington Guardian he says that "People everywhere are concerned about immigration" I have never seen Mr Burke at a Maltby Town Council meeting, which to me is a gauge on whether there is an interest in the town itself. I didn't get a leaflet on behalf of him at the last elections and and so far haven't had one this year either. I feel that a little more than a concern about immigration is needed to develop Maltby's community. 
 
Michael Conlon 
Apparently independent, though he has reserved his right to not state on the ballot papers what he represents, leaving me (and I am sure many others) wondering about his real intent. Has attended one MTC meeting last year and one meeting of the unanswerable to the public 'Maltby Forum' group where he announced a stream of mis information. He writes abusive language on his Facebook pages and makes false accusations and threats about members of the public. His brother signed his nomination papers yet claims he didn't know Michael was standing for Borough Council. No campaign leaflet through my door as yet.
 
Christine Beaumont 
Has lived and worked in Maltby most of her life and is governor at 2 Maltby schools. She has served two terms on Maltby Town Council and has always been active in the community. She attends MTC meetings regularly and other local events. She is standing for town council as well as RMBC. Have had two campaign leaflets about Mrs Beaumont.
 
Derek Johnson
Mr Johnson has I understand, stood for election to RMBC since 2007. Unfortunately this is all I know of him. I've  never received any literature from him and haven't seen his name mentioned anywhere else except on the candidate papers. 

John Kirk 
 The current recently elected Chair of Maltby Town Council after the last chairperson Cllr Karen Usher didn't attend council meetings for more than six months.
 http://www.rotherhamparishcouncils.gov.uk/Home/Maltby/maltbyHome.aspx
Mr Kirk has served on MTC for a number of years and is active in the Maltby community. Haven't see any campaign leaflets for his election to RMBC, as yet.
 
And there we have it. Five candidates standing to represent Maltby on RMBC, yet only two of them appearing to have Maltby's interests at heart.
Opinions and views highly welcome before election day.




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