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Despite the attempts by Loughborough Labour Party to portray their new parliamentary candidate, Nottinghamshire-based lawyer Stuart Brady, as having their full backing, it appears that there may be rumblings of discontent in Shepshed. Councillor Glenys Timson, who represents Labour on Shepshed Town Council, and is an active member of the USDAW union at Tesco in Loughborough, where she works, has inadvertently revealed what she thought on Facebook. After fellow Labour councillor Jane Lennie had announced Brady’s selection, Cllr Timson responded: “You are kidding! What an arsehole!” Shortly afterwards the Facebook site was ‘closed’ meaning that only Shepshed Labour Party members could read the comment. Cllr Timson has now been forced to explain her comments to Charnwood Borough Council which is responsible for monitoring the behaviour of both borough and parish/town councillors in the area. A resident had complained that calling Mr Brady an ‘arsehole’ appeared to be a breach of the Code of Conduct that specifies councillors “must treat others with respect”. It was noted that “Mr Brady does not come from this area and it would be a shame if he gained the impression that this is the way we normally behave”. Cllr Timson was then asked by Charnwood to investigate. According to the investigation: “She was expressing her private view as an individual and not as a Parish Cllr, in a comment she thought was a private message. Stating she was ‘just expressing my disappointment that my preferred candidate was not selected’. “She is not very proficient with Facebook and thought that she was responding to a private message from Jane Lennie, fellow Labour Party member who had posted the news about the Parliamentary selection process. “The Labour administration removed her comment from the Labour Party page within 2hrs informing her beforehand…” Crucially, Timson neither denied that she had posted the message nor that it was her opinion. Labour’s claim that Timson is “not very proficient” with Facebook is hard to reconcile with her active Facebook site. Since she first joined Facebook in October 2013 she has posted hundreds of messages and her ‘likes’ include Momentum, the far-left Red Labour and the illegal hacking group Anonymous. Timson’s comment may have been an isolated complaint but it is hard not to believe that other Labour activists are not dubious about the wisdom of selecting a parliamentary candidate who not only lives outside the borough but outside Leicestershire.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
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Despite the attempts by Loughborough Labour Party to portray their new parliamentary candidate, Nottinghamshire-based lawyer Stuart Brady, as having their full backing, it appears that there may be rumblings of discontent in Shepshed. Councillor Glenys Timson, who represents Labour on Shepshed Town Council, and is an active member of the USDAW union at Tesco in Loughborough, where she works, has inadvertently revealed what she thought on Facebook. After fellow Labour councillor Jane Lennie had announced Brady’s selection, Cllr Timson responded: “You are kidding! What an arsehole!” Shortly afterwards the Facebook site was ‘closed’ meaning that only Shepshed Labour Party members could read the comment. Cllr Timson has now been forced to explain her comments to Charnwood Borough Council which is responsible for monitoring the behaviour of both borough and parish/town councillors in the area. A resident had complained that calling Mr Brady an ‘arsehole’ appeared to be a breach of the Code of Conduct that specifies councillors “must treat others with respect”. It was noted that “Mr Brady does not come from this area and it would be a shame if he gained the impression that this is the way we normally behave”. Cllr Timson was then asked by Charnwood to investigate. According to the investigation: “She was expressing her private view as an individual and not as a Parish Cllr, in a comment she thought was a private message. Stating she was ‘just expressing my disappointment that my preferred candidate was not selected’. “She is not very proficient with Facebook and thought that she was responding to a private message from Jane Lennie, fellow Labour Party member who had posted the news about the Parliamentary selection process. “The Labour administration removed her comment from the Labour Party page within 2hrs informing her beforehand…” Crucially, Timson neither denied that she had posted the message nor that it was her opinion. Labour’s claim that Timson is “not very proficient” with Facebook is hard to reconcile with her active Facebook site. Since she first joined Facebook in October 2013 she has posted hundreds of messages and her ‘likes’ include Momentum, the far-left Red Labour and the illegal hacking group Anonymous. Timson’s comment may have been an isolated complaint but it is hard not to believe that other Labour activists are not dubious about the wisdom of selecting a parliamentary candidate who not only lives outside the borough but outside Leicestershire.