Search

Romford Tories relish election challenge of Ukip ‘deserters’

07:00 16 April 2014

The Romford Conservative Association

The Romford Conservative Association's new line-up alongside Romford MP Andrew Rosindell

Archant

The chairman of the Romford Conservative Association (RCA) continued the war of words with Ukip this week, saying he relished the challenge of party defector Alby Tebbutt.

Former Tory chairman Alby TebbuttFormer Tory chairman Alby Tebbutt

The latest 21 candidates gathered at their headquarters on Monday at Margaret Thatcher House, in Western Road, Romford, to launch their campaign to take all 21 seats in the area.

The former RCA chairman, and Ukip candidate, Alby Tebbutt left during a bitter struggle between the old guard and its younger members.

He previously said to the Recorder that he will “wipe the RCA off the face of the Earth”.

At the meeting, RCA chairman Cllr Osmand Dervish said: “I relish the challenge - there is only one thing going to be wiped and that is egg off his face.

“They [Ukip] have a certain appeal to certain people. We campaign on local issues. They are pushing immigration and the EU. But if you want to be managed properly, speak to us.”

Responding to Mr Tebbutt’s comments that the RCA had been taken over by “conniving little kids”, Cllr Dervish rubbished the claims saying he sounded like a “Scooby Doo villain”.

“It’s not about age, it’s about the mindset,” he said.

The meeting comes after three more candidates jumped from the RCA to join Ukip this political term making the total six.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said they had “deserted” their friends and colleagues at the 11th hour.

But Cllr Munday, who switched parties last week, said that the RCA deselected him by not inviting him to stand again. One of the RCA vice-chairmen Judith Holt claimed letters had been sent to him.

Cllr Lynden Thorpe also departed the RCA for Ukip last week.

The rift between the warring factions seems persistent as Miss Holt said that Cllr Thorpe “won’t even talk to us” any more.

Cllr Thorpe gave her reasons for leaving as: “I don’t think they have behaved in a in an honourable way.”

Read more:

Romford political stalwart Alby Tebbutt to run as Ukip councillor

Conservative Mayor of Havering Cllr Eric Munday defects to Ukip

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 16:13
The team cross the finish line in Antigua. Picture: Ben Duffy

The first hurricane to hit the Atlantic in January since 1938 couldn’t stop four daredevils joining the elite group of people to row across it.

Yesterday, 13:09
The map shows the net increase of new businesses, which have opened in 2015 by areas. These figures take into account the number of businesses, which closed in the same year.

As new companies are launched around the borough, Romford continues to attract most of Havering’s start-up activity.

Yesterday, 10:21
Jon Hill outside Buckinham Palace after receiving his CBE. Photo: Jon Hill

When a loved one dies families can take comfort in having a body to bury and grieve over, but for decades the relatives of Northern Ireland’s “disappeared” have not.

Yesterday, 10:06
The Havering Mind Mental Health Awareness event hosted by Andrew Rosindell MP at the Houses of Parliament

On Thursday night the Recorder launched a major mental health awareness campaign with charity Havering Mind at Parliament.

Yesterday, 07:54

The 7.53am service from Shenfield to Liverpool Street has been cancelled.

Yesterday, 07:00
The 230-page file was mistakenly handed over to the boy's mum

A data protection blunder has resulted in personal details of neighbours who complained to police about a teenage tearaway being given out – to his mum.

Thu, 16:11
Gallows Corner junction, flyover and roundabout in Romford

A plea has been made for traffic lights to be included in planned improvements to accident blackspot Gallows Corner.

Thu, 15:22
Junior Doctors on Stike outside Queen's Hospital in Romford. Lizzie Hobbs, Elaine Yip and Katherine Elliott

Junior doctors working in the borough will be forced to accept a new contract without agreement or further negotiation, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe