Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council candidate Matthew Ellery suspended by UKIP after Facebook stabbing rant

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OFFENSIVE comments made on Facebook by a UKIP candidate fighting for a seat on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have resulted in him being suspended by the party.

Matthew Ellery, who will stand for a seat in the Brighton Hill South ward at the borough elections on May 22, posted on the social networking site on April 14: “Genuinely feel like stabbing someone today!!!”

In an earlier post on March 27, the 20-year-old accounting and taxation student, at Bournemouth University, made derogatory comments about women living in Basingstoke, calling them “pug ugly”.

Mr Ellery has more than 700 friends on Facebook and, because his profile is currently public, The Gazette was able to see the offensive comments posted.

Phil Heath, Mr Ellery’s election agent, told The Gazette that the student has now been suspended by the party.

However, it is too late for UKIP to remove Mr Ellery from the ballot paper ahead of the elections.

Mr Heath said: “We won’t be issuing any literature and his membership (with the party) has been suspended. If he is elected, he won’t sit with UKIP. We couldn’t take him off the ballot paper. He wanted to do things to help and, if he is elected, I am sure he will, but he will be an Independent (councillor).”

When The Gazette went to the house that Mr Ellery stated is his home, in Worting Road, in an attempt to speak to him about the offensive posts, a man, who claimed to be his brother, said that Mr Ellery did not live at that address.

Basingstoke UKIP leader Alan Stone told The Gazette that the student divides his time between Basingstoke and Bournemouth.

Mr Stone played down the remarks made by Mr Ellery, saying: “The story has been blown out of proportion. He had no intention of stabbing anyone. He is entirely upset about it.

“His comments were entirely inappropriate, but please bear in mind he is a student and the comments were what you would expect from a student.”

He continued: “As a lad, he is extremely intelligent.

“He works very hard, speaks incredibly well and has a good outlook in life. He is a normal lad, saying things that a lot of lads would say.”

But Councillor Laura James, leader of the borough’s Labour group, was outraged by the comments.

She said: “It is exceptionally serious. It is a man standing for public office and talking about wanting to stab somebody, and at the same time he used exceptionally derogatory language to talk about women. Is this someone we want to be representing people? I think it is clear that we don’t.”

Two seats are up for grabs in the Brighton Hill South ward following the resignation of Labour’s David Eyre last month.

Mr Ellery will be going head-to-head with Liberal Democrat Councillor John Barnes, who is hoping to be re-elected, fellow Liberal Democrat candidate Nicola Bensilum, Conservative candidates Nicholas Bates and Julia Pooley, Labour hopefuls Pamela Lonie and Daniel O’Loughlin, and UKIP candidate, Malik Azam.

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1:29pm Thu 8 May 14

Upontheroof says...

What an utterly, pointless and foolish thing to put on a social media website.

Can we please have some more interviews and reports on Maria Miller. What is going on with her. Is she resigning? Hoping everyone will forget? Paying back the rest of the money? Facing criminal charges?

Whilst this UKIP candidate (or maybe ex soon) is a bit of a chump the only saving grace is, he hasn't been robbing the tax payer for a number of years .....
What an utterly, pointless and foolish thing to put on a social media website. Can we please have some more interviews and reports on Maria Miller. What is going on with her. Is she resigning? Hoping everyone will forget? Paying back the rest of the money? Facing criminal charges? Whilst this UKIP candidate (or maybe ex soon) is a bit of a chump the only saving grace is, he hasn't been robbing the tax payer for a number of years ..... Upontheroof
  • Score: 20

3:57pm Thu 8 May 14

Peter H. says...

Upontheroof wrote:
What an utterly, pointless and foolish thing to put on a social media website.

Can we please have some more interviews and reports on Maria Miller. What is going on with her. Is she resigning? Hoping everyone will forget? Paying back the rest of the money? Facing criminal charges?

Whilst this UKIP candidate (or maybe ex soon) is a bit of a chump the only saving grace is, he hasn't been robbing the tax payer for a number of years .....
Agree with you regarding Miller.

We know she didn’t resign over her expenses or for obstructing the inquiry, but for becoming a ‘distraction to the government’; this cleverly leaves the way open for her prompt ‘rehabilitation’
.

I don’t know how other readers feel, but I would like this paper to report on local Tory plans. Will they, for example, hold a re-selection process, or is Miller already next year’s candidate?

I wrote to the local party asking this but received no reply; perhaps the Gazette would be more successful?
[quote][p][bold]Upontheroof[/bold] wrote: What an utterly, pointless and foolish thing to put on a social media website. Can we please have some more interviews and reports on Maria Miller. What is going on with her. Is she resigning? Hoping everyone will forget? Paying back the rest of the money? Facing criminal charges? Whilst this UKIP candidate (or maybe ex soon) is a bit of a chump the only saving grace is, he hasn't been robbing the tax payer for a number of years .....[/p][/quote]Agree with you regarding Miller. We know she didn’t resign over her expenses or for obstructing the inquiry, but for becoming a ‘distraction to the government’; this cleverly leaves the way open for her prompt ‘rehabilitation’ . I don’t know how other readers feel, but I would like this paper to report on local Tory plans. Will they, for example, hold a re-selection process, or is Miller already next year’s candidate? I wrote to the local party asking this but received no reply; perhaps the Gazette would be more successful? Peter H.
  • Score: 7

4:13pm Thu 8 May 14

stevemac1970 says...

Peter H. wrote:
Upontheroof wrote:
What an utterly, pointless and foolish thing to put on a social media website.

Can we please have some more interviews and reports on Maria Miller. What is going on with her. Is she resigning? Hoping everyone will forget? Paying back the rest of the money? Facing criminal charges?

Whilst this UKIP candidate (or maybe ex soon) is a bit of a chump the only saving grace is, he hasn't been robbing the tax payer for a number of years .....
Agree with you regarding Miller.

We know she didn’t resign over her expenses or for obstructing the inquiry, but for becoming a ‘distraction to the government’; this cleverly leaves the way open for her prompt ‘rehabilitation’

.

I don’t know how other readers feel, but I would like this paper to report on local Tory plans. Will they, for example, hold a re-selection process, or is Miller already next year’s candidate?

I wrote to the local party asking this but received no reply; perhaps the Gazette would be more successful?
Maria is, I'm sorry to say, Dave's top girl. As for re selection, there won't be, Basingstoke was told out of over 170 candidates, have any one as long as it's her. You're stuck with her unless twenty odd thousand voters change their minds next time. Good luck with that.

I can't help but think that recall was dumped because Basingstoke ran a risk of being the first to recall its MP.
[quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upontheroof[/bold] wrote: What an utterly, pointless and foolish thing to put on a social media website. Can we please have some more interviews and reports on Maria Miller. What is going on with her. Is she resigning? Hoping everyone will forget? Paying back the rest of the money? Facing criminal charges? Whilst this UKIP candidate (or maybe ex soon) is a bit of a chump the only saving grace is, he hasn't been robbing the tax payer for a number of years .....[/p][/quote]Agree with you regarding Miller. We know she didn’t resign over her expenses or for obstructing the inquiry, but for becoming a ‘distraction to the government’; this cleverly leaves the way open for her prompt ‘rehabilitation’ . I don’t know how other readers feel, but I would like this paper to report on local Tory plans. Will they, for example, hold a re-selection process, or is Miller already next year’s candidate? I wrote to the local party asking this but received no reply; perhaps the Gazette would be more successful?[/p][/quote]Maria is, I'm sorry to say, Dave's top girl. As for re selection, there won't be, Basingstoke was told out of over 170 candidates, have any one as long as it's her. You're stuck with her unless twenty odd thousand voters change their minds next time. Good luck with that. I can't help but think that recall was dumped because Basingstoke ran a risk of being the first to recall its MP. stevemac1970
  • Score: 2

4:32pm Thu 8 May 14

OvercrowdedCountry says...

Only one Political Party can see that the current version of the EU doesn't work properly, and that something needs to be done about it. Unfortunately many of their representatives seem unable to behave sensibly.
Only one Political Party can see that the current version of the EU doesn't work properly, and that something needs to be done about it. Unfortunately many of their representatives seem unable to behave sensibly. OvercrowdedCountry
  • Score: -4

8:33pm Thu 8 May 14

Peter H. says...

Good points Steve….

Sadly, the recall proposals were a non-starter. Amazingly, constituents were not to be given the right to initiate a recall petition themselves, only parliament; and then only under conditions that were so narrow they would seldom, if ever, take place.

Leaving recalls to one side, I would have at least thought local Tories would welcome the chance to have a voice through a re-selection vote. Their website used to feature Miller 2-3 times a month, but since February she has disappeared without trace; it’s as though she has been airbrushed in a Stalinist purge. It suggests all is not well, yet the site has nothing to say about her resignation or what may happen.

Perhaps silence is the new openness and that - fingers crossed - people soon forget. That’s patronising, so let's hope the Gazette will serve the community by demanding answers and holding Miller to account.
Good points Steve…. Sadly, the recall proposals were a non-starter. Amazingly, constituents were not to be given the right to initiate a recall petition themselves, only parliament; and then only under conditions that were so narrow they would seldom, if ever, take place. Leaving recalls to one side, I would have at least thought local Tories would welcome the chance to have a voice through a re-selection vote. Their website used to feature Miller 2-3 times a month, but since February she has disappeared without trace; it’s as though she has been airbrushed in a Stalinist purge. It suggests all is not well, yet the site has nothing to say about her resignation or what may happen. Perhaps silence is the new openness and that - fingers crossed - people soon forget. That’s patronising, so let's hope the Gazette will serve the community by demanding answers and holding Miller to account. Peter H.
  • Score: 1

10:33pm Thu 8 May 14

GLRBaughurst says...

When is the Cllr for TADLEY Central going to step down, he was elected as a Conservative representative and jumped ship to UKIP where he has soon fallen out of favour with his UKIP colleagues!

We need a by-election to let residents choose a proper representative.
When is the Cllr for TADLEY Central going to step down, he was elected as a Conservative representative and jumped ship to UKIP where he has soon fallen out of favour with his UKIP colleagues! We need a by-election to let residents choose a proper representative. GLRBaughurst
  • Score: 12

7:39am Fri 9 May 14

jonone says...

Peter H. wrote:
Upontheroof wrote:
What an utterly, pointless and foolish thing to put on a social media website.

Can we please have some more interviews and reports on Maria Miller. What is going on with her. Is she resigning? Hoping everyone will forget? Paying back the rest of the money? Facing criminal charges?

Whilst this UKIP candidate (or maybe ex soon) is a bit of a chump the only saving grace is, he hasn't been robbing the tax payer for a number of years .....
Agree with you regarding Miller.

We know she didn’t resign over her expenses or for obstructing the inquiry, but for becoming a ‘distraction to the government’; this cleverly leaves the way open for her prompt ‘rehabilitation’

.

I don’t know how other readers feel, but I would like this paper to report on local Tory plans. Will they, for example, hold a re-selection process, or is Miller already next year’s candidate?

I wrote to the local party asking this but received no reply; perhaps the Gazette would be more successful?
Likewise. I have contacted the Conservatives to say I will not vote for them if Miller is still my MP next May. No response. Can't vote Labour because they hate working people, can't vote UKIP because they are idiots. Lib Dem? Errrgh.
[quote][p][bold]Peter H.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Upontheroof[/bold] wrote: What an utterly, pointless and foolish thing to put on a social media website. Can we please have some more interviews and reports on Maria Miller. What is going on with her. Is she resigning? Hoping everyone will forget? Paying back the rest of the money? Facing criminal charges? Whilst this UKIP candidate (or maybe ex soon) is a bit of a chump the only saving grace is, he hasn't been robbing the tax payer for a number of years .....[/p][/quote]Agree with you regarding Miller. We know she didn’t resign over her expenses or for obstructing the inquiry, but for becoming a ‘distraction to the government’; this cleverly leaves the way open for her prompt ‘rehabilitation’ . I don’t know how other readers feel, but I would like this paper to report on local Tory plans. Will they, for example, hold a re-selection process, or is Miller already next year’s candidate? I wrote to the local party asking this but received no reply; perhaps the Gazette would be more successful?[/p][/quote]Likewise. I have contacted the Conservatives to say I will not vote for them if Miller is still my MP next May. No response. Can't vote Labour because they hate working people, can't vote UKIP because they are idiots. Lib Dem? Errrgh. jonone
  • Score: 6

12:35pm Fri 9 May 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Maria Miller’s expenses scandal has not only proved she is fraudster it has raised issues that need to be resolved. Throughout the reporting of the scandal the name McNair Scott appeared, Mr Nigel McNair Scott being a Tory donor, ex chairman of the local Tory party and ex landlord of Maria Miller, Anna McNair Scott wife of Nigel was until recently Cllr McNair Scott.
Cllr Anna McNair Scott resigns her position for not declaring that her husband Nigel McNair Scott, Chairman of a development company has links with the closure of Deeside (the development of the land) Therefore, I strongly believe Maria Miller’s expenses is only the tip of the iceberg and there should be an inquiry into the links between Maria Miller and the McNair Scotts.

Maria Miller’s resignation as Government minister was a blessing in disguise, she was out of her depth and a total embarrassment that follows on from being a total waste of time as our MP, her silence on many issues was golden, hopefully however the parapet that the Gazette built around her has been broken.
She must go.
Maria Miller’s expenses scandal has not only proved she is fraudster it has raised issues that need to be resolved. Throughout the reporting of the scandal the name McNair Scott appeared, Mr Nigel McNair Scott being a Tory donor, ex chairman of the local Tory party and ex landlord of Maria Miller, Anna McNair Scott wife of Nigel was until recently Cllr McNair Scott. Cllr Anna McNair Scott resigns her position for not declaring that her husband Nigel McNair Scott, Chairman of a development company has links with the closure of Deeside (the development of the land) Therefore, I strongly believe Maria Miller’s expenses is only the tip of the iceberg and there should be an inquiry into the links between Maria Miller and the McNair Scotts. Maria Miller’s resignation as Government minister was a blessing in disguise, she was out of her depth and a total embarrassment that follows on from being a total waste of time as our MP, her silence on many issues was golden, hopefully however the parapet that the Gazette built around her has been broken. She must go. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 4

11:43am Sat 10 May 14

OvercrowdedCountry says...

popleyrebel2 wrote:
Maria Miller’s expenses scandal has not only proved she is fraudster it has raised issues that need to be resolved. Throughout the reporting of the scandal the name McNair Scott appeared, Mr Nigel McNair Scott being a Tory donor, ex chairman of the local Tory party and ex landlord of Maria Miller, Anna McNair Scott wife of Nigel was until recently Cllr McNair Scott.
Cllr Anna McNair Scott resigns her position for not declaring that her husband Nigel McNair Scott, Chairman of a development company has links with the closure of Deeside (the development of the land) Therefore, I strongly believe Maria Miller’s expenses is only the tip of the iceberg and there should be an inquiry into the links between Maria Miller and the McNair Scotts.

Maria Miller’s resignation as Government minister was a blessing in disguise, she was out of her depth and a total embarrassment that follows on from being a total waste of time as our MP, her silence on many issues was golden, hopefully however the parapet that the Gazette built around her has been broken.
She must go.
No, she isn't a fraudster. She, like many MPs of all parties, were taking advantage of the lax rules about expenses. What is so worrying is that none of these people felt that there was anything wrong with what they were doing. But then Tory morality is governed by the principle that "if it makes money, it's OK".
[quote][p][bold]popleyrebel2[/bold] wrote: Maria Miller’s expenses scandal has not only proved she is fraudster it has raised issues that need to be resolved. Throughout the reporting of the scandal the name McNair Scott appeared, Mr Nigel McNair Scott being a Tory donor, ex chairman of the local Tory party and ex landlord of Maria Miller, Anna McNair Scott wife of Nigel was until recently Cllr McNair Scott. Cllr Anna McNair Scott resigns her position for not declaring that her husband Nigel McNair Scott, Chairman of a development company has links with the closure of Deeside (the development of the land) Therefore, I strongly believe Maria Miller’s expenses is only the tip of the iceberg and there should be an inquiry into the links between Maria Miller and the McNair Scotts. Maria Miller’s resignation as Government minister was a blessing in disguise, she was out of her depth and a total embarrassment that follows on from being a total waste of time as our MP, her silence on many issues was golden, hopefully however the parapet that the Gazette built around her has been broken. She must go.[/p][/quote]No, she isn't a fraudster. She, like many MPs of all parties, were taking advantage of the lax rules about expenses. What is so worrying is that none of these people felt that there was anything wrong with what they were doing. But then Tory morality is governed by the principle that "if it makes money, it's OK". OvercrowdedCountry
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Sun 11 May 14

BasingstokeCouncilSuck says...

Still a safer vote than Maria-cheat- Miller.
Still a safer vote than Maria-cheat- Miller. BasingstokeCouncilSuck
  • Score: 0

11:17am Thu 15 May 14

JamesRe says...

OvercrowdedCountry wrote:
popleyrebel2 wrote:
Maria Miller’s expenses scandal has not only proved she is fraudster it has raised issues that need to be resolved. Throughout the reporting of the scandal the name McNair Scott appeared, Mr Nigel McNair Scott being a Tory donor, ex chairman of the local Tory party and ex landlord of Maria Miller, Anna McNair Scott wife of Nigel was until recently Cllr McNair Scott.
Cllr Anna McNair Scott resigns her position for not declaring that her husband Nigel McNair Scott, Chairman of a development company has links with the closure of Deeside (the development of the land) Therefore, I strongly believe Maria Miller’s expenses is only the tip of the iceberg and there should be an inquiry into the links between Maria Miller and the McNair Scotts.

Maria Miller’s resignation as Government minister was a blessing in disguise, she was out of her depth and a total embarrassment that follows on from being a total waste of time as our MP, her silence on many issues was golden, hopefully however the parapet that the Gazette built around her has been broken.
She must go.
No, she isn't a fraudster. She, like many MPs of all parties, were taking advantage of the lax rules about expenses. What is so worrying is that none of these people felt that there was anything wrong with what they were doing. But then Tory morality is governed by the principle that "if it makes money, it's OK".
So legally Miller wasn't a fraudster but how is this whole expenses scandal any different to the recurring tax evasion / tax avoidance stories? Although it's not illegal to use loopholes to avoid paying tax it is immoral. The government is happy to name and shame those found using such schemes i.e. Jimmy Carr, Gary Barlow, Starbucks etc.
I honestly believe that if it were any other MP they would have been given the boot by their party. It's only due to the lack of other female front-bench Tory MPs that she remains.
[quote][p][bold]OvercrowdedCountry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]popleyrebel2[/bold] wrote: Maria Miller’s expenses scandal has not only proved she is fraudster it has raised issues that need to be resolved. Throughout the reporting of the scandal the name McNair Scott appeared, Mr Nigel McNair Scott being a Tory donor, ex chairman of the local Tory party and ex landlord of Maria Miller, Anna McNair Scott wife of Nigel was until recently Cllr McNair Scott. Cllr Anna McNair Scott resigns her position for not declaring that her husband Nigel McNair Scott, Chairman of a development company has links with the closure of Deeside (the development of the land) Therefore, I strongly believe Maria Miller’s expenses is only the tip of the iceberg and there should be an inquiry into the links between Maria Miller and the McNair Scotts. Maria Miller’s resignation as Government minister was a blessing in disguise, she was out of her depth and a total embarrassment that follows on from being a total waste of time as our MP, her silence on many issues was golden, hopefully however the parapet that the Gazette built around her has been broken. She must go.[/p][/quote]No, she isn't a fraudster. She, like many MPs of all parties, were taking advantage of the lax rules about expenses. What is so worrying is that none of these people felt that there was anything wrong with what they were doing. But then Tory morality is governed by the principle that "if it makes money, it's OK".[/p][/quote]So legally Miller wasn't a fraudster but how is this whole expenses scandal any different to the recurring tax evasion / tax avoidance stories? Although it's not illegal to use loopholes to avoid paying tax it is immoral. The government is happy to name and shame those found using such schemes i.e. Jimmy Carr, Gary Barlow, Starbucks etc. I honestly believe that if it were any other MP they would have been given the boot by their party. It's only due to the lack of other female front-bench Tory MPs that she remains. JamesRe
  • Score: 2

12:27pm Thu 15 May 14

popleyrebel2 says...

As I understand it Miller failed to disclose the change in her circumstances and therefore claimed more than she should have, making her a benefit cheat as it involved housing benefit.
She was also obstructive and failed to cooperate with the inquiry regarding information therefore, not your usual benefit cheat, they have their benefit cut /stopped whilst under investigation.
Therefore, no loophole, just greed.
She must go.
As I understand it Miller failed to disclose the change in her circumstances and therefore claimed more than she should have, making her a benefit cheat as it involved housing benefit. She was also obstructive and failed to cooperate with the inquiry regarding information therefore, not your usual benefit cheat, they have their benefit cut /stopped whilst under investigation. Therefore, no loophole, just greed. She must go. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 2

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