Wycombe Conservative resigns over angry web post about Tory HQ

David Moore

David Moore

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A LEADING Tory has resigned from a senior position at Wycombe Conservative Association after slamming national party bosses over the selection of its next Parliamentary candidate.

David Moore stepped down from the local party’s management committee after posting a statement on the WCA’s website accusing Tory HQ of interfering with its selection of the candidate, widely expected to win the seat at the next election.

The statement was not sanctioned by the party as an official statement, said association chairman Bob Woollard, who “wasn’t the first to ask for his resignation”. It has now been removed. Mr Moore tonight said it was right he stood down for “embarrassing” members.

It was revealed yesterday that the hunt for the next candidate had been suspended. Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) said the correct procedures had not been followed in finding the replacement for Paul Goodman MP, who is standing down. They would not specify what procedures had not been followed.

Wycombe members will meet tonight to try and establish the facts. One suggestion is that a candidate complained to CCHQ after discovering other candidates and not themselves had attended a dinner party with a senior local Tory (see later).

Mr Moore’s removed statement said national party chairman Eric Pickles MP suspended the selection process because of an “alleged irregularity”.

It said: “Of course the biggest irregularity was his imposition on Wycombe Conservative Association of Rules handed down by CCHQ which do not appear to have been properly ratified properly [sic] and which are contrary to that part of the Constitution of Wycombe Conservative Association that was imposed on it by CCHQ in the first place.”

It went on: “At least we will have a chance now to rerun the selection with a fair procedure.”

It went on “Wycombe Conservative Association note the Conservative policy of eradicating top down government."

He accused Mr Pickles of not understanding the policy and said he had no authority to suspend a committee of the executive council of Wycombe Conservative Association.

Mr Woollard told the Bucks Free Press: “It was an unauthorised entry onto the website by a member of the association and was completely unauthorised by myself or anyone else in authority.

“It is his personal view as a member of the association and it has been taken off. I have asked for his resignation today and he has given me his resignation.”

Mr Moore, the association’s web manager, told the Free Press: “I embarrassed Wycombe Conservative Association and the appropriate thing for me to do was to resign from the committee.”

Yet he said he stood by his views on the “appalling” interference by CCHQ, which he said most local members shared. The national party had not commented at the time of going to press.

A second statement on the website was posted by Mr Moore but also removed.

It said: “Yesterday (Tuesday 15th September 2009) Eric Pickles MP, chairman of the Conservative Party, suspended procedure for the selection of candidates in the Wycombe constituency because of an alleged irregularity.

“The selection procedure was being conducted by a selection committee of the executive council of Wycombe Conservative Association, but it appears that this action was taken without any direct communication with any of the officers of the association.

“It is also unclear until the executive council meet what the effect of the purported suspension is.”

The local party had begun the process of selecting a candidate when the suspension was announced. Candidates applied to CCHQ which put hopefuls through an assessment.

Those who passed could apply for the Wycombe seat, with names passed to the association.

It is thought about 260 people were on the shortlist handed to the WCA.

Today Conservative sources told the Free Press that the row centres on an evening at a senior member of the local association’s home.

The final candidates were invited for drinks at the home where they met members of the association’s selection committee, one source said. It was felt this was needed to whittle down the list further, they said.

They said two candidates remained for a dinner at the home and this did not include selection committee members and had been arranged well in advance.

However, they said it was possible that one of the candidates who was not invited to the dinner regarded this as suspicious and reported it to CCHQ.

Another said the event itself may have been deemed inappropriate by CCHQ.

Half the candidates on the final shortlist must be women. Mr Woollard said this was not behind the suspension decision.

Mr Woollard added he had not been privy to any discussions of the selection committee and he had not applied for the post of MP himself.

He said: “I expressed an interest in the beginning, along with a lot of other local people.

“A separate committee was formed specifically to deal with the selection process, of which I have never been a member. Subsequently I did not apply for the position when it was advertised.”

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8:26pm Wed 16 Sep 09

wayneo says...

Hmm, appears that the Telegraph aren't happy bunnies with CCHQ either, one person you don't pee of, is Mr Brogan aka Mr expense scandal:

http://blogs.telegra
ph.co.uk/news/benedi
ctbrogan/100010135/w
ycombe-conservatives
-blasts-eric-pickles
/
Hmm, appears that the Telegraph aren't happy bunnies with CCHQ either, one person you don't pee of, is Mr Brogan aka Mr expense scandal: http://blogs.telegra ph.co.uk/news/benedi ctbrogan/100010135/w ycombe-conservatives -blasts-eric-pickles / wayneo
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9:14pm Wed 16 Sep 09

yog says...

Isn't bob woolard one of the candidates?

Odd that he has the authority to force a resignation of a long supporting member.
Isn't bob woolard one of the candidates? Odd that he has the authority to force a resignation of a long supporting member. yog
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9:27pm Wed 16 Sep 09

wayneo says...

He didn't force it, he asked for it and it was given so stop telling porkies Yog from brighton.
He didn't force it, he asked for it and it was given so stop telling porkies Yog from brighton. wayneo
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9:45pm Wed 16 Sep 09

yog says...

Yeah right, like he was given much choice.

It is hardly a resigning matter.

The big question is if Bob Wollard is one of the candidates then he should not be in a position to 'ask' for the resignation of a long standing and loyal member.

It is no wonder HQ is getting involved.


Yeah right, like he was given much choice. It is hardly a resigning matter. The big question is if Bob Wollard is one of the candidates then he should not be in a position to 'ask' for the resignation of a long standing and loyal member. It is no wonder HQ is getting involved. yog
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9:47pm Wed 16 Sep 09

DeepThinker says...

Yog watch.
More lies and mud slinging on behalf of the Liberal Democrats.
Is it any wonder that people don't vote.
Yog watch. More lies and mud slinging on behalf of the Liberal Democrats. Is it any wonder that people don't vote. DeepThinker
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10:03pm Wed 16 Sep 09

demoness says...

yog wrote:
Yeah right, like he was given much choice. It is hardly a resigning matter. The big question is if Bob Wollard is one of the candidates then he should not be in a position to 'ask' for the resignation of a long standing and loyal member. It is no wonder HQ is getting involved.
YAWNNNNNN!!!!!!!

Like anyone will ever vote for your lot. You are all as bad as each other and lib dems are worse than most.
[quote][p][bold]yog[/bold] wrote: Yeah right, like he was given much choice. It is hardly a resigning matter. The big question is if Bob Wollard is one of the candidates then he should not be in a position to 'ask' for the resignation of a long standing and loyal member. It is no wonder HQ is getting involved. [/p][/quote]YAWNNNNNN!!!!!!! Like anyone will ever vote for your lot. You are all as bad as each other and lib dems are worse than most. demoness
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10:07pm Wed 16 Sep 09

yog says...

Do you think it is a resigning matter then?

I would say that Conservative Councillors have caused far more embarrassment to Wycombe Conservatives than some quote on an obscure website by a member.
Do you think it is a resigning matter then? I would say that Conservative Councillors have caused far more embarrassment to Wycombe Conservatives than some quote on an obscure website by a member. yog
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11:58pm Wed 16 Sep 09

Voyeur says...

After reading what David Moore said on the Conservative website when the Labour candidate stepped down earlier this year and the political mileage he tried to gain from that, I think an apology all round would not go astray.
After reading what David Moore said on the Conservative website when the Labour candidate stepped down earlier this year and the political mileage he tried to gain from that, I think an apology all round would not go astray. Voyeur
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1:40am Thu 17 Sep 09

George1 says...

How can anyone support the Tories a party in disarray whose LEADER DOES NOT SUPPORT OUR TROOPS.

Come election time Cameron I shall publish the reply I got when writing to you about Bucks CC refusing a parade for our returning troops.

The Tory locals along West Wycombe Road have something to HIDE if they find it necessary to enforce CENSORSHIP.

Not all crooks wear masks.
How can anyone support the Tories a party in disarray whose LEADER DOES NOT SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. Come election time Cameron I shall publish the reply I got when writing to you about Bucks CC refusing a parade for our returning troops. The Tory locals along West Wycombe Road have something to HIDE if they find it necessary to enforce CENSORSHIP. Not all crooks wear masks. George1
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6:46am Thu 17 Sep 09

giant says...

Over the year’s inept political elite, impotent police force and insincere community leaders have formed a corrupt inner elite that serves interests of few at the expense of many.

Conservatives can elect who they like, Mrs Leslie Clarke and Mr Green are empowered empowered to rape and pillage Wycombe resources with impunity.
Over the year’s inept political elite, impotent police force and insincere community leaders have formed a corrupt inner elite that serves interests of few at the expense of many. Conservatives can elect who they like, Mrs Leslie Clarke and Mr Green are empowered empowered to rape and pillage Wycombe resources with impunity. giant
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8:18am Thu 17 Sep 09

DeepThinker says...

yog wrote:
Do you think it is a resigning matter then? I would say that Conservative Councillors have caused far more embarrassment to Wycombe Conservatives than some quote on an obscure website by a member.
"member" ... that is a colloquial term for ..... oh gosh!
Got it in one, Yog.
[quote][p][bold]yog[/bold] wrote: Do you think it is a resigning matter then? I would say that Conservative Councillors have caused far more embarrassment to Wycombe Conservatives than some quote on an obscure website by a member.[/p][/quote]"member" ... that is a colloquial term for ..... oh gosh! Got it in one, Yog. DeepThinker
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9:07am Thu 17 Sep 09

meddler says...

David Moore tell me that he reigned for embarrassing Wycombe Conservative Association. It appears that he has seriously upset Cameron's Cronies. He did so voluntarily and was not forced to go. He is old school, and unlike some modern politicians is prepared to take responibility for his actions. He is still a member of the Conservatves and stands by his comments.
David Moore tell me that he reigned for embarrassing Wycombe Conservative Association. It appears that he has seriously upset Cameron's Cronies. He did so voluntarily and was not forced to go. He is old school, and unlike some modern politicians is prepared to take responibility for his actions. He is still a member of the Conservatves and stands by his comments. meddler
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9:18am Thu 17 Sep 09

giant says...

Dear Mr Cameron
I have found an ideal candidate to serve as the first president of Europe. Everything she touches turns to dust. She has that unique quality in politicians of cocking things up. To reinforce my idea I am adding what the dear lady had to say for herself.
Lesley Clarke has been active in local politics for many years, becoming the Leader of Wycombe District Council in 2003 and re-elected to the post in May 2007. Having stood for the County Council elections in 2001, she is now in her second term as a County Councillor for Abbey Division of High Wycombe. She is also a Charter Trustee for the town of High Wycombe and served as its Mayor in 1994.

Lesley’s portfolio is far reaching and includes enhanced two-tier working, financial resources and strategic sites. This has included taking a key role in negotiations over the redevelopment of the town centre and she is directly involved in the project to build the district’s new sports centre.

Lesley is also politically active nationally and she became Chairman of the Women's Local Government Society in March 2007, in which capacity she recently appearing as a guest on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.

Yours sincerely

Silent majority in a town called Wycombe
Dear Mr Cameron I have found an ideal candidate to serve as the first president of Europe. Everything she touches turns to dust. She has that unique quality in politicians of cocking things up. To reinforce my idea I am adding what the dear lady had to say for herself. Lesley Clarke has been active in local politics for many years, becoming the Leader of Wycombe District Council in 2003 and re-elected to the post in May 2007. Having stood for the County Council elections in 2001, she is now in her second term as a County Councillor for Abbey Division of High Wycombe. She is also a Charter Trustee for the town of High Wycombe and served as its Mayor in 1994. Lesley’s portfolio is far reaching and includes enhanced two-tier working, financial resources and strategic sites. This has included taking a key role in negotiations over the redevelopment of the town centre and she is directly involved in the project to build the district’s new sports centre. Lesley is also politically active nationally and she became Chairman of the Women's Local Government Society in March 2007, in which capacity she recently appearing as a guest on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. Yours sincerely Silent majority in a town called Wycombe giant
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9:29am Thu 17 Sep 09

wayneo says...

giant wrote:
Over the year’s inept political elite, impotent police force and insincere community leaders have formed a corrupt inner elite that serves interests of few at the expense of many. Conservatives can elect who they like, Mrs Leslie Clarke and Mr Green are empowered empowered to rape and pillage Wycombe resources with impunity.
Exactly Giant yet there are many that believe we live in a democracy. I know people used to laugh at David Icke but i'm afraid he has been proven right time and again.

Have a look at a 'charity' called common purpose then people will understand why our Councils and the Police have got to this state.

http://www.stopcp.co
m/
[quote][p][bold]giant[/bold] wrote: Over the year’s inept political elite, impotent police force and insincere community leaders have formed a corrupt inner elite that serves interests of few at the expense of many. Conservatives can elect who they like, Mrs Leslie Clarke and Mr Green are empowered empowered to rape and pillage Wycombe resources with impunity.[/p][/quote]Exactly Giant yet there are many that believe we live in a democracy. I know people used to laugh at David Icke but i'm afraid he has been proven right time and again. Have a look at a 'charity' called common purpose then people will understand why our Councils and the Police have got to this state. http://www.stopcp.co m/ wayneo
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10:39am Thu 17 Sep 09

yog says...

"I know people used to laugh at David Icke but i'm afraid he has been proven right time and again."

Are we really controlled by lizards then?

"I know people used to laugh at David Icke but i'm afraid he has been proven right time and again." Are we really controlled by lizards then? yog
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11:11am Thu 17 Sep 09

sai-diva says...

Let's face it, you could put a chimp in a suit,put a blue rosette on it and it would get elected around here. all they seem to argue over is which chimp.
Let's face it, you could put a chimp in a suit,put a blue rosette on it and it would get elected around here. all they seem to argue over is which chimp. sai-diva
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11:17am Thu 17 Sep 09

wayneo says...

yog wrote:
"I know people used to laugh at David Icke but i'm afraid he has been proven right time and again." Are we really controlled by lizards then?
Snakes maybe, Lizards? who knows, can you prove otherwise Yog of Brighton?
[quote][p][bold]yog[/bold] wrote: "I know people used to laugh at David Icke but i'm afraid he has been proven right time and again." Are we really controlled by lizards then? [/p][/quote]Snakes maybe, Lizards? who knows, can you prove otherwise Yog of Brighton? wayneo
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11:53am Thu 17 Sep 09

tom.marlow says...

sai-diva wrote:
Let's face it, you could put a chimp in a suit,put a blue rosette on it and it would get elected around here. all they seem to argue over is which chimp.
oi! thats my joke. Well almost.

I said that yesterday on the other thread :-)
[quote][p][bold]sai-diva[/bold] wrote: Let's face it, you could put a chimp in a suit,put a blue rosette on it and it would get elected around here. all they seem to argue over is which chimp.[/p][/quote]oi! thats my joke. Well almost. I said that yesterday on the other thread :-) tom.marlow
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12:45pm Thu 17 Sep 09

George1 says...

Chimps are intelligent, they wouldn't wear a blue rosette.
Chimps are intelligent, they wouldn't wear a blue rosette. George1
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1:13pm Thu 17 Sep 09

J B Blackett says...

George1 wrote:
Chimps are intelligent, they wouldn't wear a blue rosette.
Good one , G1.
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But aren't Monkey brains are eaten as a delicacy in South Asia ; perhaps this is what has happened to these misbegotten creatures.
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They will sell anything (including our heritage and culture) in pursuit , sight , smell and touch of money.
.
We should really feel sorry for the poor brainless idiots , but I can't bring myself to do that
.
Regards
[quote][p][bold]George1[/bold] wrote: Chimps are intelligent, they wouldn't wear a blue rosette.[/p][/quote]Good one , G1. . But aren't Monkey brains are eaten as a delicacy in South Asia ; perhaps this is what has happened to these misbegotten creatures. . They will sell anything (including our heritage and culture) in pursuit , sight , smell and touch of money. . We should really feel sorry for the poor brainless idiots , but I can't bring myself to do that . Regards J B Blackett
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2:00pm Thu 17 Sep 09

J B Blackett says...

George1 wrote:
Chimps are intelligent, they wouldn't wear a blue rosette.
Is this also the reason left-leaning (-inclined ?) baboons sometimes wear a red rosette on their bottoms ?
.
One lives and learns something new everyday !
[quote][p][bold]George1[/bold] wrote: Chimps are intelligent, they wouldn't wear a blue rosette.[/p][/quote]Is this also the reason left-leaning (-inclined ?) baboons sometimes wear a red rosette on their bottoms ? . One lives and learns something new everyday ! J B Blackett
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3:40pm Fri 18 Sep 09

sai-diva says...

tom.marlow wrote:
sai-diva wrote:
Let's face it, you could put a chimp in a suit,put a blue rosette on it and it would get elected around here. all they seem to argue over is which chimp.
oi! thats my joke. Well almost.

I said that yesterday on the other thread :-)
Sorry Chap, great minds and all that eh?
[quote][p][bold]tom.marlow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sai-diva[/bold] wrote: Let's face it, you could put a chimp in a suit,put a blue rosette on it and it would get elected around here. all they seem to argue over is which chimp.[/p][/quote]oi! thats my joke. Well almost. I said that yesterday on the other thread :-)[/p][/quote]Sorry Chap, great minds and all that eh? sai-diva
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1:28am Mon 21 Sep 09

Michael, HP7 says...


Corruption - Amersham
#Topic, if I am not mistaken, is larded self interest persons, bad-mouthing their main political opponents.

How very contemporary.

At every level of re presentation.

Get a postal vote.Fiddly but infinitely preferable to azure-hued, rosette-mongers in Old Amersham.

How lucky we are to to represented by searchable keywords

Community. Amersham. (check mentions) Rugby, Martin, Martyn, Martin, gold-plated, Mayor, ex Mayor. refer police , scumbag ; Cllr. Town Clerk; corrupt

No questions on more sensitive subjects, s.v.p. Our doubled-barelled could not cope with that.

Not that they are corrupt, or anything line that.

Our Town Clerk enjoys our Highest Esteem, as so do we His.

Just an oversight that he doesn't publish the Amersham Town Council accounts, before he gets the wink-off from a sympathetic adviser. Two years after the event.

Just fancy that, Mr Des Knowles. Do you live in the area? No.

Have some senior dog food there, chargeable to expenses. Might make one feel happier.

Usual stuff from the usual arrogant tax and dog-food grabbers.

Can I claim my dog-food against the rates? Expire-by June 2010?

Being flip-based in Battersea, I'm not a local resident but I have my researcher husband to support (via you @ GBP 20-40K p.a. sure you approve)

I love my dog's.

I comb their flea's for support. I will challenge this dog's food's allegation with all the strength I have for maintaining my cushy number.

Thank you Che SHAM and Amer SHAM
.
Ever yours, your giddy Welsh colt at 300K tax free.


Corruption - Amersham #Topic, if I am not mistaken, is larded self interest persons, bad-mouthing their main political opponents. How very contemporary. At every level of re presentation. Get a postal vote.Fiddly but infinitely preferable to azure-hued, rosette-mongers in Old Amersham. How lucky we are to to represented by searchable keywords Community. Amersham. (check mentions) Rugby, Martin, Martyn, Martin, gold-plated, Mayor, ex Mayor. refer police , scumbag [Google search]; Cllr. Town Clerk; corrupt No questions on more sensitive subjects, s.v.p. Our doubled-barelled could not cope with that. Not that they are corrupt, or anything line that. Our Town Clerk enjoys our Highest Esteem, as so do we His. Just an oversight that he doesn't publish the Amersham Town Council accounts, before he gets the wink-off from a sympathetic adviser. Two years after the event. Just fancy that, Mr Des Knowles. Do you live in the area? No. Have some senior dog food there, chargeable to expenses. Might make one feel happier. Usual stuff from the usual arrogant tax and dog-food grabbers. Can I claim my dog-food against the rates? Expire-by June 2010? Being flip-based in Battersea, I'm not a local resident but I have my researcher husband to support (via you @ GBP 20-40K p.a. sure you approve) I love my dog's. I comb their flea's for support. I will challenge this dog's food's allegation with all the strength I have for maintaining my cushy number. Thank you Che SHAM and Amer SHAM . Ever yours, your giddy Welsh colt at 300K tax free. Michael, HP7
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7:50pm Wed 23 Sep 09

J B Blackett says...

^^ ?? Sorry Michael , too cryptic for a simple outsider from Wycombe area
^^ ?? Sorry Michael , too cryptic for a simple outsider from Wycombe area J B Blackett
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