Search

Will Rainham councillor Jeff Tucker ever get rid of his 1,500 self-branded pencils?

PUBLISHED: 18:00 02 May 2014

Cllr Jeff Tucker has 1,500 pencils with compliments of Jeff Tucker written on

Cllr Jeff Tucker has 1,500 pencils with compliments of Jeff Tucker written on

Archant

A councillor who has been unable to off-load 1,500 self-branded pencils in the run-up to the last two local elections has been left asking the question “will I ever get rid them?”

Independent Residents’ Group (IRG) leader Cllr Jeff Tucker, who represents the Rainham and Wennington ward, first tried to give them out to local school children four years ago - but was told he couldn’t by officials as it was considered “advertising”.

Now his latest plan hand out the rubber-tipped pencils to voters in order to rub “mistakes” in their ballot papers has been scuppered by the Electoral Commission which says it may invalidate votes.

“They were to be Christmas gifts but it was also a form of advertising so I wasn’t able to give them out but I would love to make good use of them,” said Cllr Tucker.

He then wanted to “give them to everybody who wants to vote on May 22 - there’s a rubber on the other side so they can rub it out if they make a mistake” - against commission advice.

A spokesman from the commission said: “Pencils will already be provided inside the polling booth as local returning officers have a legal responsibility to provide materials to enable voters to mark their ballot papers.

“If a voter thinks they have mistakenly marked their ballot paper, they should not use a rubber to correct their mistake. Instead, they should clearly cross out their ‘X’ and place a new ‘X’ on the ballot paper.”

The pencils read “with compliments of Cllr Jeffrey Tucker” on them.

Anybody who wants one of the pencils should visit the councillor at Rainham Goldmine Jewellers, in Upminster Road South, Rainham.

“I’m prepared to give them out free if they come to the shop,” he said.

Cllr Tucker has a great deal of branded merchandise, including “pens, pencils, calculator-rulers - that’s a ruler with a calculator on it.”

Read more:

House fire started by a squirrel disrupts funeral procession through Romford
Crunch time for 10,000 bags of crisps after Alby’s unusual discovery at Romford firm
Cllr Jeffrey Tucker expelled from second council meeting in row after shouting ‘bullies’
‘I’m not a racist’: Rainham’s Cllr Jeff Tucker distances himself from comments suggesting black and white council staff couldn’t work together



Latest Romford News Stories

The final acts and entertainment of the borough’s biggest summer event, the Havering Show, have been unveiled.

After several months of detailed discussions, a potential merger between Havering College and Barking and Dagenham college has been called off.

Cancer patients are happier with their care than previous years at the borough’s NHS trust, according to a survey.

“Common sense prevailed” in the eyes of the council leader, as cabinet members rejected a motion calling for Havering to leave the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Police are unable to say how much progress has been made in deciding whether there is enough evidence to reopen an investigation into how a man came to be found dead in a cement mixer.

A Year 4 pupil ended the school year on a high with a visit to the House of Lords after winning a writing competition.

Yesterday, 18:00

A man has been jailed for five years for his part in a late night crime spree that began when two cars were stolen in Harold Hill in June.

Yesterday, 17:30

The proposal for Havering to leave London will be discussed at tonight’s council meeting.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now