Mystery surrounds a suspended UKIP candidate after his win topped off an eventful evening at the local election count

Basingstoke Gazette: Mystery surrounds a suspended UKIP candidate after his win topped off an eventful evening at the local election count Mystery surrounds a suspended UKIP candidate after his win topped off an eventful evening at the local election count

THE CONSERVATIVE party has lost its majority control of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council following an eventful night at the count for the local elections.

The Tories – who lost one seat after tonight’s count – now have 29 seats on the borough council.

However, it was a good night for the borough’s Labour party who have gained an additional four seats following the count.

But, the biggest story of the night is the mystery surrounding supposed UKIP candidate Matthew Ellery, who won one of the two Brighton Hill South seats, coming second to Labour’s Pamela Lonie with 349 votes.

After coming second, the 20-year-old won the by-election seat for the ward following the recent resignation of Labour’s David Eyre.

However, confusion surrounds the candidate and whether he has won the seat for the party or he is standing as an Independent councillor after the Bournemouth University student was suspended by the party following offensive comments made on Facebook.

As reported by The Gazette, Matthew Ellery referred to women in Basingstoke as “pug ugly” and he also posted a comment on April 14 saying: “Genuinely feel like stabbing someone today!!!”

But despite his election agent, Phil Heath telling The Gazette that the party had suspended him, it was too late to withdraw him as their candidate and as a result, the 20-year-old remained on ballot papers as a UKIP candidate.

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9:29am Fri 23 May 14

Upontheroof says...

To clear up any confusion, he was suspended and not fired. That is already common knowledge which shouldn't involve the Mystery Machine driving around Basingstoke with Scooby Doo sniffing for clues.

It does make me wonder if this reporter was rapped on the knuckles for questioning Maria Miller over her expenses? it just appears that it has gone silent for some reason!
To clear up any confusion, he was suspended and not fired. That is already common knowledge which shouldn't involve the Mystery Machine driving around Basingstoke with Scooby Doo sniffing for clues. It does make me wonder if this reporter was rapped on the knuckles for questioning Maria Miller over her expenses? it just appears that it has gone silent for some reason! Upontheroof
  • Score: -9

9:50am Fri 23 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

What mystery? All this proves is that a lot of voters don't look at the details for each candidate and don't keep abreast of the news. They just vote for a party. At a local level I find this depressing as quality candidates from within the community are missing out to career politicians and party yes men.
What mystery? All this proves is that a lot of voters don't look at the details for each candidate and don't keep abreast of the news. They just vote for a party. At a local level I find this depressing as quality candidates from within the community are missing out to career politicians and party yes men. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 31

11:52am Fri 23 May 14

JamesRe says...

I too believe that voters have not looked at the details of who they have voted for....why is anyone voting UKIP at a local level? Their policies are not valid at the local level...Immigration and Independence from Europe are not local issues!
What a shame that people have wasted their votes rather than voting for someone who could make a difference in their local area.
I too believe that voters have not looked at the details of who they have voted for....why is anyone voting UKIP at a local level? Their policies are not valid at the local level...Immigration and Independence from Europe are not local issues! What a shame that people have wasted their votes rather than voting for someone who could make a difference in their local area. JamesRe
  • Score: 24

1:05pm Fri 23 May 14

Hiliter says...

James Re is absolutely right and what a disgrace to have a candidate ( or is he a candidate )such as Ellery elected who can hold such views about the women of Basingstoke. Clearly his father has no issue with his comments, I wonder what his mother thinks about him - where ever she may be.
His latest social media contributions say that the people of Basingstoke must support his comments on women that's why they voted for him.
I don't believe that is true and given an opportunity to meet Ellery face to face he would find out what the public really think of him.
Presumably he cant hide away much longer.
If UKIP has any integrity it would make sure that a by- election is held in Brighton Hill South with their chosen candidate having to explain the UKIP manifesto on real local issues then the electorate can make a decision based on policies.
James Re is absolutely right and what a disgrace to have a candidate ( or is he a candidate )such as Ellery elected who can hold such views about the women of Basingstoke. Clearly his father has no issue with his comments, I wonder what his mother thinks about him - where ever she may be. His latest social media contributions say that the people of Basingstoke must support his comments on women that's why they voted for him. I don't believe that is true and given an opportunity to meet Ellery face to face he would find out what the public really think of him. Presumably he cant hide away much longer. If UKIP has any integrity it would make sure that a by- election is held in Brighton Hill South with their chosen candidate having to explain the UKIP manifesto on real local issues then the electorate can make a decision based on policies. Hiliter
  • Score: 23

4:50pm Fri 23 May 14

ajs8220 says...

There was an EXTRAORDINARILY high number of spoiled ballots. Were there any other shenanigans at the count? He was only elected by 24 votes while there were *152* papers spoiled. Most of the rest of the wards had spoiled papers in single figures... Is this result above board???
There was an EXTRAORDINARILY high number of spoiled ballots. Were there any other shenanigans at the count? He was only elected by 24 votes while there were *152* papers spoiled. Most of the rest of the wards had spoiled papers in single figures... Is this result above board??? ajs8220
  • Score: 8

5:21pm Fri 23 May 14

popleyrebel2 says...

According to Phil Heath (south News) Matthew Ellery stood as an Independent after being suspended from UKIP, therefore we have a UKIP candidate being suspended then standing as a Independent (without notifying the electorate) and then UKIP claiming the victory.
Surely there must be an inquiry???
According to Phil Heath (south News) Matthew Ellery stood as an Independent after being suspended from UKIP, therefore we have a UKIP candidate being suspended then standing as a Independent (without notifying the electorate) and then UKIP claiming the victory. Surely there must be an inquiry??? popleyrebel2
  • Score: 18

5:29pm Fri 23 May 14

popleyrebel2 says...

If you watch the interview on the local news watch out for the dig in the back that Phil Heath receives from a man I believe to be Alan Stone, was it in order to shut him up??
If you watch the interview on the local news watch out for the dig in the back that Phil Heath receives from a man I believe to be Alan Stone, was it in order to shut him up?? popleyrebel2
  • Score: 7

9:40pm Fri 23 May 14

GLRBaughurst says...

Cllr West UKIP, Tadley Central is also a fack, he should stand down and call a by-election - he was elected as a Conservative and jumped ship, having also resigned from UKIP and re-joining them. Come on Cllr West lets man-up and play fair!
Cllr West UKIP, Tadley Central is also a fack, he should stand down and call a by-election - he was elected as a Conservative and jumped ship, having also resigned from UKIP and re-joining them. Come on Cllr West lets man-up and play fair! GLRBaughurst
  • Score: 10

9:42pm Fri 23 May 14

GLRBaughurst says...

Cllr West UKIP, Tadley Central is also a fake, he should stand down and call a by-election - he was elected as a Conservative and jumped ship, having also resigned from UKIP and re-joining them. Come on Cllr West lets man-up and play fair!
Cllr West UKIP, Tadley Central is also a fake, he should stand down and call a by-election - he was elected as a Conservative and jumped ship, having also resigned from UKIP and re-joining them. Come on Cllr West lets man-up and play fair! GLRBaughurst
  • Score: 13

9:44pm Fri 23 May 14

GLRBaughurst says...

Cllr West - nowhere to be seen in Tadley - Town Council has forgotten what he looks like. Come on Mr Heath sort him out once and for all..............
Cllr West - nowhere to be seen in Tadley - Town Council has forgotten what he looks like. Come on Mr Heath sort him out once and for all.............. GLRBaughurst
  • Score: 6

10:50pm Fri 23 May 14

Jo Walke says...

It is so worth remembering - when you cast your vote you are doing so for 'the person' NOT the Party.
This means that once elected this person could presumably go on to represent even a party from Pluto!!
It is so worth remembering - when you cast your vote you are doing so for 'the person' NOT the Party. This means that once elected this person could presumably go on to represent even a party from Pluto!! Jo Walke
  • Score: 4

7:40am Sat 24 May 14

Hiliter says...

Jo Walke is wrong.The electorate in Brighton Hill never saw or spoke to Ellery and as he puts it he got elected without doing any canvassing.The vote was for the party which the electorate believed,wrongly,to be UKIP.
Ellery has stated to the BBC and this is on record that he never had been or would be a member of UKIP.
Either this was a lie or those who completed the nomination papers knew it to be a lie.
Jo Walke is wrong.The electorate in Brighton Hill never saw or spoke to Ellery and as he puts it he got elected without doing any canvassing.The vote was for the party which the electorate believed,wrongly,to be UKIP. Ellery has stated to the BBC and this is on record that he never had been or would be a member of UKIP. Either this was a lie or those who completed the nomination papers knew it to be a lie. Hiliter
  • Score: 6

10:53am Sat 24 May 14

Bhill lad says...

Very embarrassed to be from the area!! Daniel the labour cad who lost by 24 votes is an amazing person helped me with some issues. There needs to be investigation into this voting scandal !! We deserve better!!!
Very embarrassed to be from the area!! Daniel the labour cad who lost by 24 votes is an amazing person helped me with some issues. There needs to be investigation into this voting scandal !! We deserve better!!! Bhill lad
  • Score: 11

11:36am Sat 24 May 14

Hiliter says...

Would the Electorate in BHS have voted for Ellery as an Independent Candidate with no indication of what he stood for - I doubt it.
Especially if his views on Basingstoke women and his feelings about wanting to knife someone had been publicised before the election.
No doubt UKIP will quickly move to adopt him into the fold - should be good fun watching him work with Cllr Stephen West in Council.
The only man who has had more parties than Paris Hilton - or was that Phil Heath !
Would the Electorate in BHS have voted for Ellery as an Independent Candidate with no indication of what he stood for - I doubt it. Especially if his views on Basingstoke women and his feelings about wanting to knife someone had been publicised before the election. No doubt UKIP will quickly move to adopt him into the fold - should be good fun watching him work with Cllr Stephen West in Council. The only man who has had more parties than Paris Hilton - or was that Phil Heath ! Hiliter
  • Score: 5

12:04am Sun 25 May 14

Jo Walke says...

Sorry, I'm not wrong - this is how people stay in office even after being 'booted' from a political party.
BHS voters obviously believed him to be UKIP - but you are right, as an elected cllr ukip will likely attempt to keep him in their fold.
Sorry, I'm not wrong - this is how people stay in office even after being 'booted' from a political party. BHS voters obviously believed him to be UKIP - but you are right, as an elected cllr ukip will likely attempt to keep him in their fold. Jo Walke
  • Score: 4

7:28pm Mon 26 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

Bhill lad wrote:
Very embarrassed to be from the area!! Daniel the labour cad who lost by 24 votes is an amazing person helped me with some issues. There needs to be investigation into this voting scandal !! We deserve better!!!
Make your mind up, cad or amazing?
[quote][p][bold]Bhill lad[/bold] wrote: Very embarrassed to be from the area!! Daniel the labour cad who lost by 24 votes is an amazing person helped me with some issues. There needs to be investigation into this voting scandal !! We deserve better!!![/p][/quote]Make your mind up, cad or amazing? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 2

9:39am Tue 27 May 14

Hiliter says...

Jo Walke is right in the prediction made..A UKIP insider tells me that yesterday UKIP confirmed Ellery as a UKIP Councillor and together with West will form a Group on the Council.
Should be interesting to see those two working together and who will be the Group Leader.
There has to be an inquiry into all of this.
Ellery has previously declared to the BBC no less and this is on record that he was not a member of UKIP and had no intention of becoming a member.
Therefore when his nomination papers were submitted,presumably by the Agent, a false declaration was made and he was not a member of any political party at that time.Was this nomination completed by Phil Heath.
The electorate in Brighton Hill South were clearly duped into voting for a UKIP candidate who had no status.
So yesterday presumably UKIP converts a so called investigation into the conduct of Ellery into a an acceptance of his membership of UKIP.
This takes place 5 days after the election !
The whole thing stinks and shows the type of people Basingstoke will have to deal with.
Ellery will need a thick skin to cope with all of this but there again he probably gets this from his father Alan Stone.
Jo Walke is right in the prediction made..A UKIP insider tells me that yesterday UKIP confirmed Ellery as a UKIP Councillor and together with West will form a Group on the Council. Should be interesting to see those two working together and who will be the Group Leader. There has to be an inquiry into all of this. Ellery has previously declared to the BBC no less and this is on record that he was not a member of UKIP and had no intention of becoming a member. Therefore when his nomination papers were submitted,presumably by the Agent, a false declaration was made and he was not a member of any political party at that time.Was this nomination completed by Phil Heath. The electorate in Brighton Hill South were clearly duped into voting for a UKIP candidate who had no status. So yesterday presumably UKIP converts a so called investigation into the conduct of Ellery into a an acceptance of his membership of UKIP. This takes place 5 days after the election ! The whole thing stinks and shows the type of people Basingstoke will have to deal with. Ellery will need a thick skin to cope with all of this but there again he probably gets this from his father Alan Stone. Hiliter
  • Score: 5

11:11am Tue 27 May 14

popleyrebel2 says...

An inquiry is needed.
An inquiry is needed. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 2

11:31am Tue 27 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

popleyrebel2 wrote:
An inquiry is needed.
Why? The people of Brighton Hill South have elected a complete dimwit as their councillor via their own ignorance. Why should the rest of the borough foot the bill for an enquiry when nothing 'wrong' has happened.
His party suspended him after the ballot papers were printed. Perhaps all the parties should have made it their priority to inform the voters as they turned up to vote. Their problem.
[quote][p][bold]popleyrebel2[/bold] wrote: An inquiry is needed.[/p][/quote]Why? The people of Brighton Hill South have elected a complete dimwit as their councillor via their own ignorance. Why should the rest of the borough foot the bill for an enquiry when nothing 'wrong' has happened. His party suspended him after the ballot papers were printed. Perhaps all the parties should have made it their priority to inform the voters as they turned up to vote. Their problem. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 3

11:32am Tue 27 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

I must say I'm really looking forward to the first time this idiot turns up in the council chamber to debate. I hope he is sitting between two experienced and eloquent female councillors. he's going to look completely stupid.
I must say I'm really looking forward to the first time this idiot turns up in the council chamber to debate. I hope he is sitting between two experienced and eloquent female councillors. he's going to look completely stupid. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 10

3:22pm Tue 27 May 14

Hiliter says...

Unfortunately he won't as no women Councillors will sit anywhere near him.
No - he will sit next to Cllr West.
Two misogynists sat side by side -( for the benefit of UKIP members misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women. !)
The Laurel and Hardy of the local UKIP party - another fine mess you got us into Ellery - or was it of your father's making.!
Unfortunately he won't as no women Councillors will sit anywhere near him. No - he will sit next to Cllr West. Two misogynists sat side by side -( for the benefit of UKIP members misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women. !) The Laurel and Hardy of the local UKIP party - another fine mess you got us into Ellery - or was it of your father's making.! Hiliter
  • Score: 8

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