Tory councillor defects in row over who will represent Westhoughton at next election

Cllr Pat Allen

Cllr Martyn Cox

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A ROW over who should stand in Westhoughton at next year’s local elections has led to a Conservative town councillor becoming and independent.

Cllr Pat Allen will now stand alone on Westhoughton Town Council after an argument with Cllr Martyn Cox.

She has accused him of being "nasty" and using "bullying tactics" — dismissed as "silly" accusations by Cllr Cox.

It follows a row over who should stand in the Bolton council elections next May in the most competitive Westhoughton North and Chew Moor seat.

Cllr Allen — whose husband Bob is a councillor for Heaton and Lostock — is unhappy as she believes former Westhoughton councillor Christine Wild has been chosen to stand in the seat in May.

However the Conservative leadership has insisted no one has been formally selected.

Cllr Allen said: “I’ve been a Conservative since I was in school and had blue bands in my hair.

“I’ve helped out in three general elections and several local elections, but Martyn decided he wanted to be in charge and he arranged who he wanted to be the next person to stand in Westhoughton North and Chew Moor.

“I feel very hurt and annoyed in equal measure. I think he’s used bullying tactics.

"Theresa May called us the nasty party, and this has all been a bit nasty.

"I’ve been a councillor in Westhoughton before, that’s the sad thing, and I know I worked hard there.”

Cllr Allen said she would continue to help her husband when he is up for election again in 2015, and would also work hard to campaign for Conservative candidate for Bolton West Chris Green, who is standing in the general elections.

Cllr Cox denied using bullying tactics.

He added: “People who know me will know that is not true. It’s a shame that Pat has chosen to defect and I don’t wish to have a row with her.

“It’s not up to me who stands — obviously people will ask me and I will give my opinion, but ultimately it’s the executive who decide.

"Christine Wild has not been selected, and it’s really not fair on Christine for her to be brought into this.

"We don’t have ferocious battles for who is going to be a councillor. It’s a luxury for political parties to have a selection of candidates these days.”

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10:32am Fri 4 Jul 14

Womble says...

Martyn Cox only reappears at election time, he's invisible the rest of the time. I guess that's why he had that whiney "give me another chance" article just before the election, because most people wouldn't know who he was. Pat Allen was a great Councillor, hard-working and approachable, and, importantly, visible.
Martyn Cox only reappears at election time, he's invisible the rest of the time. I guess that's why he had that whiney "give me another chance" article just before the election, because most people wouldn't know who he was. Pat Allen was a great Councillor, hard-working and approachable, and, importantly, visible. Womble
  • Score: 7

10:53am Fri 4 Jul 14

William2701 says...

Westhoughton Town Council = Toytown politics
Westhoughton Town Council = Toytown politics William2701
  • Score: -4

11:16am Fri 4 Jul 14

Womble says...

This isn't about the town council. It's about Bolton MBC.
This isn't about the town council. It's about Bolton MBC. Womble
  • Score: 9

11:58am Fri 4 Jul 14

stylish says...

when will Westhoughton councilors grow up they are constantly falling out and name calling, pathetic start representing the people of Westhoughton after all that's what you are paid for
when will Westhoughton councilors grow up they are constantly falling out and name calling, pathetic start representing the people of Westhoughton after all that's what you are paid for stylish
  • Score: 8

12:16pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Oldhampal says...

Not a mention here about the people who supposed to be represented Cllr Cox is a liberal anyway he just swaps sides when it suits.
Not a mention here about the people who supposed to be represented Cllr Cox is a liberal anyway he just swaps sides when it suits. Oldhampal
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Hough64 says...

She looks like Paul Weller!!!
She looks like Paul Weller!!! Hough64
  • Score: 9

2:53pm Fri 4 Jul 14

wispyone says...

Not surprised by this, Cllr Martin Cox oozes arrogance!

He needs to start doing the job he is actual getting paid for!

Bully boy tactics indeed...
Not surprised by this, Cllr Martin Cox oozes arrogance! He needs to start doing the job he is actual getting paid for! Bully boy tactics indeed... wispyone
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

piszoff says...

Sounds to me like both just have self interests. UKIP
Sounds to me like both just have self interests. UKIP piszoff
  • Score: -2

4:18pm Fri 4 Jul 14

howfen1 says...

The Councillors on the Town Council are not paid.
The Councillors on the Town Council are not paid. howfen1
  • Score: 4

5:48am Thu 10 Jul 14

leswareing@yahoo.co.uk says...

I can understand the problems between both coucillors as there main party cannot get on either just read the news folks so it is time for new blood with more positive views on local issues/views on the way our town council is told to play second fiddle to the Bolton Borough in any event.
That is why along with the local election the general will be held which is the only reasonable way to make effective change to the Labour strangle hold on our much loved Howfen as a resident of well over thirty years I have seen many changes not all for the better by any means all take and very little give and we all know it over 8mil on town hall refurbishment over 14mil on the market place vaults and they gave the much under valued council workers a 1% wage increase something is not right there at all just take a ride down Junction road for example need I go on.
As a result of all the above I WILL be running for and on behalf of UKIP in the 2015 locals and fully promoting/supporting my party in the general election too.
Mr Les Wareing UKIP party member and activist.
I can understand the problems between both coucillors as there main party cannot get on either just read the news folks so it is time for new blood with more positive views on local issues/views on the way our town council is told to play second fiddle to the Bolton Borough in any event. That is why along with the local election the general will be held which is the only reasonable way to make effective change to the Labour strangle hold on our much loved Howfen as a resident of well over thirty years I have seen many changes not all for the better by any means all take and very little give and we all know it over 8mil on town hall refurbishment over 14mil on the market place vaults and they gave the much under valued council workers a 1% wage increase something is not right there at all just take a ride down Junction road for example need I go on. As a result of all the above I WILL be running for and on behalf of UKIP in the 2015 locals and fully promoting/supporting my party in the general election too. Mr Les Wareing UKIP party member and activist. leswareing@yahoo.co.uk
  • Score: -1

5:54pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Valiant One says...

leswareing@yahoo.co.
uk
wrote:
I can understand the problems between both coucillors as there main party cannot get on either just read the news folks so it is time for new blood with more positive views on local issues/views on the way our town council is told to play second fiddle to the Bolton Borough in any event.
That is why along with the local election the general will be held which is the only reasonable way to make effective change to the Labour strangle hold on our much loved Howfen as a resident of well over thirty years I have seen many changes not all for the better by any means all take and very little give and we all know it over 8mil on town hall refurbishment over 14mil on the market place vaults and they gave the much under valued council workers a 1% wage increase something is not right there at all just take a ride down Junction road for example need I go on.
As a result of all the above I WILL be running for and on behalf of UKIP in the 2015 locals and fully promoting/supporting my party in the general election too.
Mr Les Wareing UKIP party member and activist.
Think you will find that the market hall and its vaults are privately owned. I doubt the owners will be spending £14m there . Nothing to do with Council anyway
[quote][p][bold]leswareing@yahoo.co. uk[/bold] wrote: I can understand the problems between both coucillors as there main party cannot get on either just read the news folks so it is time for new blood with more positive views on local issues/views on the way our town council is told to play second fiddle to the Bolton Borough in any event. That is why along with the local election the general will be held which is the only reasonable way to make effective change to the Labour strangle hold on our much loved Howfen as a resident of well over thirty years I have seen many changes not all for the better by any means all take and very little give and we all know it over 8mil on town hall refurbishment over 14mil on the market place vaults and they gave the much under valued council workers a 1% wage increase something is not right there at all just take a ride down Junction road for example need I go on. As a result of all the above I WILL be running for and on behalf of UKIP in the 2015 locals and fully promoting/supporting my party in the general election too. Mr Les Wareing UKIP party member and activist.[/p][/quote]Think you will find that the market hall and its vaults are privately owned. I doubt the owners will be spending £14m there . Nothing to do with Council anyway Valiant One
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