Sunday, October 29, 2006

Sharon Ejected


Put two BNP activists in the same room and the odds are that you will end up with them trying to expel each other from the party.

And lo, it came to pass that their temporarily successful council candidate for Kingstanding, the fragrant Sharon Ebanks, has now been expelled from the party - at least in part for her complaints about the whereabouts of the £7000 raised for her pointless challenge to the result in Kingstanding (money raised from members who thought that it was going to support Shazza's legal costs and who might now feel that they were deceived).
It cost the council around £100,000 to get rid of the BNP squatter, money that could have been better spent if she had done the decent thing, accepted that a genuine error had been made and allowed the result to be re-declared (as happened elsewhere in the country on the same night). The BNP claim that she has been expelled for, amongst other things, her anti-semitic views. Read that last sentence again to yourselves. Bob can't believe it either.
Rumour has it that Sharon intends to hold a separate meeting for Nationalists in Birmingham (Judean People's Front, anyone?) and still intends to fight the Kingstanding seat in 2007 - which could confuse the far-right voters of that parish with a whole slew of racist candidates.

8 comments:

Praguetory said...

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Simon said...

t cost the council around £100,000 to get rid of the BNP squatter, money that could have been better spent if she had done the decent thing, accepted that a genuine error had been made and allowed the result to be re-declared (as happened elsewhere in the country on the same night).

It actually didn't happen in the Eastbury ward of Barking & Dagenham, where a Labour councillor was declared elected when the BNP candidate accidentally had a '1' removed from the start of his vote total, giving him about 100 votes rather than 1,100. There, the Labour candidate did not stand down and exactly the same process was undertaken, with the same result as in Kingstanding. So, y'know, swings and roundabouts. I yield to no-one in my contempt for the BNP but Ebanks was perfectly entitled to claim the seat on the (tiny) chance that a by-election was called by the High Court rather than a straightforward reversal of the result.

Bob Piper said...

It may be the law, Simon, but frankly I profoundly disagree with the defeated Labour candidate in B & D and condemn their action unreservedly if that was the case there also. It is treating the electorate with contempt.

South Col said...

To be absolutely honest, I don't think either Sharon Ebanks or the Labour candidate in B&D could do the decent thing. Once the result has been declared by the returning officer, you are stuck with it. The only recourse is to the law. It would be interesting to know what the situation would have been if either had resigned from the council, thereby creating a vacancy and a by-election before the court had a chance to pass judgment.

Anonymous said...

It's quite funny really because Ebanks asked the independent candidate (Ann Bennett) to be a BNP candidate because they are short of candidates, I wonder if she knows that Ann is half Jewish?????

Anonymous said...

Well Sharon had a black father

Anonymous said...

How sad. Sharon comes from a large and beautiful family in Jamaica whose love and support for one another is legendary. Sharon is my cousin albeit removed by 2 generations. She doesnt look more white than many of her other cousins. In fact she would fit right in when it comes t how she looks.

A Ebanks by another name and across the sea.

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