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Keith Greenwell said in a statement on 5th April..."I am resigning as Deputy Chairman of Chipping Norton Branch of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association but not from the Conservative Party. I am a Conservative and will always remain so. I support David Cameron and the work he is doing to modernise the Conservative Party and make us an inclusive party. I will do everything I can to get him and the Conservative Party elected at the next General Election!" Keith was resigning in protest about some of the bully boy tactics in the local branch but he has been a lifelong member of the Conservative party and planned to stay that way. Well forget it Keith! He has now just been officially informed by the National Party that he has been expelled and has just 28 days to appeal against the decision. What a spiteful lot the Tories can be. Echoes of last Thursday in the Town Hall when the 26-year old Tory candidate for the Town Council Hilary Williams demanded that chippingnorton.net should be closed down - because she (and her Conservative colleagues) didn't like what it said. David Cameron talks a new caring Conservatism, but down at the grass roots they are the same old crowd. Who was it that "snitched" at breakneck speed to Central Office and put the boot in for Mr Greenwell A little bird told me.......
The Chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association has written to chippingnorton.net:
I have read with interest your item concerning Keith Greenwell's expulsion from the Conservative Party. I would be grateful if you would give this explanatory message the same prominence. On 2 April I sent the following email to Keith, to which I have had no response:
I have been told that you are planning to stand for election to the District Council as an Independent and intend, however, to remain a member of the Conservative Party. In the hope of discussing this, I left messages on your landline and mobile on Friday 20 March and today, seeking an urgent conversation in which I could warn you that your plan as described to me may prove difficult to achieve. Schedule 6, Clause 13 of the Constitution of the Party states:
"Standing in an election against an official Party Candidate shall be considered a ground for expulsion of a Party Member from the Constituency Association of which he is a member and from the Party".
I am reminding you of this, not as a threat, but simply out of a desire that you be fully aware of the possible consequences. Natural justice demands it. If I have been misinformed as to your intentions, I apologise. Barrie
By maintaining his candidacy, Keith in effect created the circumstances that resulted in his expulsion from the Party.
Yours faithfully, Barrie Noble, Chairman,
West Oxfordshire Conservative Association
I've been asking the following question in the Forum but have failed to get an answer. Perhaps Barrie can oblige. Does this also mean that a Party Member is not allowed to stand in a Town Council election against an official Party candidate