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Labour kicked out in Calderdale: The inside story

Calderdale CouncilThis week the Liberal Democrat group on Calderdale Council came to the decision to vote out the minority Labour administration, and vote in a minority coalition of the Conservatives and Independent Councillor. Allow me to explain why.

From 2010 we had worked in a fairly successful Coalition with the Labour party. We didn’t shut a single sure start centre or library, we opened up cabinet meetings with a public question time, and we had the highest recycling rate in West Yorkshire.

As that coalition went on it became increasingly apparent Labour wanted to control the Council alone, and to ignore the wishes of the other parties. It was harder and harder to work with them as continued to propose political motions that did little for local people, but did a lot of party point scoring. Finally last year they managed to secure the support of the Conservatives who abstained at the right votes in return for some scrutiny chairs, and Labour got their wish of a minority administration.

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In other news… Teather on pupil premium, State of play for Welsh Lib Dems & other stories

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days…

Teather: Pupil premium ‘changing the way schools think’ (BBC)

The Liberal Democrat MP and minister at the Department of Education Sarah Teather, said the policy is about “changing the whole way schools think”. Speaking to The World At One, she said there is a “scandalous gap” between those from poor backgrounds and those from wealthier backgrounds. ” about focusing money on the individual child regardless of where that child is,” she told Martha Kearney. Under the policy, by this September schools in England

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Conservatives drop controversial Halifax candidate

No real surprises that the Conservatives have decided to drop David Ginley as a local election candidate in Halifax, though it is rather a puzzle as to how he got through to being a candidate again.

As the Halifax Courier reports:

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Ex-Tory councillor convicted of proxy vote fraud

An update on Mohammed Saghir, the former Conservative councillor in Calderdale who went on trial for electoral fraud earlier this year:

has been found guilty of election fraud at Bradford Crown Court.

Mohammed Saghir, 63, of Gibbet Street, Halifax, applied for five proxy votes in other people’s names in the May 2008 local election…

Saghir, who did not attend court for his trial, is thought to be in Pakistan. His son, Shakar, was standing as an independent candidate in the election. (Halifax Evening Courier)

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Election fraud concerns in Calderdale

The Evening Courier reports:

A convicted fraudster has once again been questioned by police over illegal voting claims.

David Ginley, who is hoping to be re-elected for the Conservatives in the Warley ward in next month’s Calderdale Council elections, has been arrested by police on suspicion of election fraud.

As reported in yesterday’s Courier, the 60-year-old and a 39-year-old man were questioned on Monday.

The 39-year-old is believed to be Mohammed Rashid, who is standing for the Conservatives in the Park ward.

Both have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

You can read the full story here.

UPDATE: David Ginley was not subsequently convicted …

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Ex-Tory councillor on trial for vote-rigging in election fraud hotspot

The Halifax Courier reports:

A FORMER Calderdale councillor is set to stand trial for alleged vote rigging.

Mohammed Saghir, 63, of Gibbet Street, Halifax, has denied five charges of rigging proxy votes.

He is alleged to have applied for proxy votes under different names during the local elections in April 2008.

Saghir was elected as a Conservative councillor for St John’s, now Park ward, in 2000.

This is rather a hotspot for election fraud, proved or alleged, for this is what Mohammed Saghir’s opponents were up to in the same election:

TWO cousins of ex-councillor Mohammed Najib voted for him under false names, a court

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