What is going on in Southend?

Allegations of intimidation, harassment, vandalism and more in a fall out between Conservative councillor Jason Luty and the Residents Association of Westborough (RAW).

The local CouncilBust blog reports:

Dr Jason Luty, Conservative councillor for Eastwood Park, has claimed that RAW is a politically- motivated organisation that has embarked on a campaign to victimise him.

Cllr Luty has also asserted that Martin Terry, independent councillor for Westborough, controls RAW and is behind the campaign.

At the same time, members of RAW and Cllr Terry have claimed that Cllr Luty has been deliberately attacking RAW by harassing its members, threatening their properties and using vandalism…

Cllr Terry claims that, after several RAW meetings being disrupted by Cllr Luty, he was asked to explain his actions. Cllr Terry alleges that Cllr Luty refused to do so, and in response, staged a protest outside the next RAW meeting…

Mr Glover [Secretary of RAW] has taken many of Cllr Luty’s actions to be threats, saying: “Cllr Luty has sent letters through doors in Westborough advising residents to check their home insurance policy if they are displaying RAW posters. Letters like were posted to Longthorne’s Chemist on London Road, all from false addresses.”

More details are here, including counter-accusations from Jason Luty and a rather odd quote from him (currently a Conservative councillor, remember) about how he is going to stand as an “Independent” candidate in the next election.

All sounds very, very strange and disturbing. Anyone able to shed light on what’s happening?

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One Comment

  • Congratulations to Rachel Charman for her article. Lurid rumours have been circulating about this confrontation – she seems to have all and more. The Terry/Luty war of words has been going on for ages. It is a sad example of politics becoming personal.

    There really needs to be an investigation.

    Luty was present in a story you posted earlier in the year by the way https://www.libdemvoice.org/david-amess-mps-expenses-15198.html . This was all about David Amess running away from journalists who wanted to tackle him on his expenses. The Echo article you linked to said: ” When approached by the Echo, Mr Amess, who had been talking to a constituent in the street, turned on his heel and crossed the road.

    As he walked away and was being questioned, he said: “Thank you for the opportunity, but I don’t want to comment.”

    Shielded by Southend Tory councillor Jason Luty and a female member of his Westminster office staff and another Conservative member, Mr Amess went into Regency hairdressers’, in Westborough Road, where the woman with the group slammed the door in our face.”

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