UKIP candidate Matthew Ellery is the son of Basingstoke UKIP leader Alan Stone

Basingstoke Gazette: Alan Stone, left, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Alan Stone, left, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

FOLLOWING the controversial win of a UKIP candidate that branded women in Basingstoke “pug ugly”, The Gazette has learned that he is the son of UKIP Basingstoke leader, Alan Stone.

As reported today by The Gazette, UKIP candidate Matthew Ellery has won a seat on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for one of the two seats in the Brighton Hill South ward. He came second to Labour’s Pamela Lonie, winning 349 votes.

The 20-year-old candidate came under fire and was suspended by the party after he made offensive comments on Facebook, calling women in Basingstoke “pug ugly” and posting a comment on April 14 saying: “Genuinely feel like stabbing someone today!!!”

But following comments made by Labour leader Laura James at last night’s borough council election count, the borough’s UKIP leader has today confirmed that Mr Ellery is in fact his son.

When The Gazette quizzed Mr Stone, he said that he thought it was public knowledge that the 20-year-old was his son, and when political reporter Jessica Bave asked the leader if he deliberately hid this, he said: “No, not at all, I am very proud of him.”

The Gazette has so far been denied access to Mr Ellery despite attempts to contact him at his home and through Mr Stone.

Mr Stone contacted us to say he was too busy to talk and that we won’t be able to speak to him until early next week.

He added: “I know he is not around today. He has a job like a lot of other people and I know he is happy to be interviewed by you."

He asked our reporter, who posted a note through Mr Ellery’s door and left a phone message at his workplace, to stop trying to contact his son. 

Mr Ellery has been using social media again this morning- tweeting about his victory and implying that it will be he who makes the decision about whether or not he will be a UKIP councillor.

In response to a query about whether he was “in or out” from the Basingstoke Labour twitter feed, he replied “just to clarify phil heath is completely wrong I have not been "suspended" from ukip. Like steve west said, he has no say!!”

He continued- “but whether I am to be a councillor or not is to be decided today”.

When asked who would make this decision, he replied “by me obviously!”

He also joked about the fact that he had not done any canvassing to win his seat, tweeting to “you lot really need to stop being bitter over the fact someone that did no canvassing won.”

He has also previously used his twitter feed to laugh about press coverage of his offensive comments about women, saying: “haha it got blown wayy out of control lol had press outside my house and everything haha” and thanking those who appeared to agree with his assessment of Basingstoke’s women.

Mr Stone has pledged to have a fair and balanced disciplinary meeting with Mr Ellery on Monday, and the UKIP national chairman, Steve Crowther will decide who will chair the meeting.

Mr Stone said: “I am not involved with it. He is my son and although I have discussed it, we have got another person to chair the meeting. I am not involved in that decision and neither are more active people in the party including party agent Phil Heath.”

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2:05pm Fri 23 May 14

Food for Thought says...

Not sure why the Gazette seem to think that it matters who the guy's father is. Alan Stone is not responsible for comments or actions made by his son but assume he has given him an earful about his conduct with regard to his comments. Matthew Ellery is a very young man, young people make mistakes and say stupid things at times. maybe this is a lesson for all of us to think twice before posting rash comments on social media sites.
I would like to ask why the Gazette has gone very quiet over Maria Miller, an experienced middle-age woman who was caught with her hands in the till, then willfully obstructed the investigation and avoided justice.
Not sure why the Gazette seem to think that it matters who the guy's father is. Alan Stone is not responsible for comments or actions made by his son but assume he has given him an earful about his conduct with regard to his comments. Matthew Ellery is a very young man, young people make mistakes and say stupid things at times. maybe this is a lesson for all of us to think twice before posting rash comments on social media sites. I would like to ask why the Gazette has gone very quiet over Maria Miller, an experienced middle-age woman who was caught with her hands in the till, then willfully obstructed the investigation and avoided justice. Food for Thought
  • Score: -8

3:04pm Fri 23 May 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

Food for Thought wrote:
Not sure why the Gazette seem to think that it matters who the guy's father is. Alan Stone is not responsible for comments or actions made by his son but assume he has given him an earful about his conduct with regard to his comments. Matthew Ellery is a very young man, young people make mistakes and say stupid things at times. maybe this is a lesson for all of us to think twice before posting rash comments on social media sites.
I would like to ask why the Gazette has gone very quiet over Maria Miller, an experienced middle-age woman who was caught with her hands in the till, then willfully obstructed the investigation and avoided justice.
It matters who the father is for two reasons:
1 Possible conflict of interest
2 Alan Stone might not be responsible for his son's comments, but I wonder where Mr Ellery got the views he expressed in them. He is only 20 so it is not unreasonable to speculate that many of his prejudices could have been picked up from family members.
What can The Gazette say about Maria Miller? She only puts her head above the parapet to bask in the reflected glory of decreasing unemployment and the such like. Perhaps you would like an article with the headline, 'Maria Miller continues to maintain her silence', followed the next week by, 'Still no comment from the Miller camp' or 'Gazette reporter deafened by Maria's silence'
[quote][p][bold]Food for Thought[/bold] wrote: Not sure why the Gazette seem to think that it matters who the guy's father is. Alan Stone is not responsible for comments or actions made by his son but assume he has given him an earful about his conduct with regard to his comments. Matthew Ellery is a very young man, young people make mistakes and say stupid things at times. maybe this is a lesson for all of us to think twice before posting rash comments on social media sites. I would like to ask why the Gazette has gone very quiet over Maria Miller, an experienced middle-age woman who was caught with her hands in the till, then willfully obstructed the investigation and avoided justice.[/p][/quote]It matters who the father is for two reasons: 1 Possible conflict of interest 2 Alan Stone might not be responsible for his son's comments, but I wonder where Mr Ellery got the views he expressed in them. He is only 20 so it is not unreasonable to speculate that many of his prejudices could have been picked up from family members. What can The Gazette say about Maria Miller? She only puts her head above the parapet to bask in the reflected glory of decreasing unemployment and the such like. Perhaps you would like an article with the headline, 'Maria Miller continues to maintain her silence', followed the next week by, 'Still no comment from the Miller camp' or 'Gazette reporter deafened by Maria's silence' Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 20

10:58pm Fri 23 May 14

Jo Walke says...

What would happen if Ukip get to be more choosey over their candidates? & lets not forget recent history from at least one mainstream party!
What would happen if Ukip get to be more choosey over their candidates? & lets not forget recent history from at least one mainstream party! Jo Walke
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Fri 23 May 14

Jo Walke says...

I'm not backing Party or their Candidtates in this local election - but elected bods will either sink or swim, at such a tender age this could appear easy.
If alan stone is the mp candidate for ukip....then presumably votes will logically migrate towards the engaged & well acknowledged local prospective Labour candidate?
I'm not backing Party or their Candidtates in this local election - but elected bods will either sink or swim, at such a tender age this could appear easy. If alan stone is the mp candidate for ukip....then presumably votes will logically migrate towards the engaged & well acknowledged local prospective Labour candidate? Jo Walke
  • Score: 0

9:05am Sat 24 May 14

popleyrebel2 says...

This second time Basingstoke has been cheated on the political front in a very short space of time, Maria Miller and her housing benefit scandal and now this voting scandal.
The people of Basingstoke deserve better, as for Miller the Gazette must keep asking questions (Jessica Bave) and report the no comment from Miller, as for the voting scandal we must have an inquiry .
This second time Basingstoke has been cheated on the political front in a very short space of time, Maria Miller and her housing benefit scandal and now this voting scandal. The people of Basingstoke deserve better, as for Miller the Gazette must keep asking questions (Jessica Bave) and report the no comment from Miller, as for the voting scandal we must have an inquiry . popleyrebel2
  • Score: 0

5:32pm Sat 24 May 14

kiz.bartlett says...

The basingstoke gazette should bring out a weekly publication called "Miller gazette" to satisfy anyone who references it.

I'm not exactly sure what else can be reported? She messed up, she got caught, her story was publicised and now she has gone into hiding because of it. To be honest if the gazette posted as much about Maria Miller as people request, we could probably round it up together and make it her memoirs.
The basingstoke gazette should bring out a weekly publication called "Miller gazette" to satisfy anyone who references it. I'm not exactly sure what else can be reported? She messed up, she got caught, her story was publicised and now she has gone into hiding because of it. To be honest if the gazette posted as much about Maria Miller as people request, we could probably round it up together and make it her memoirs. kiz.bartlett
  • Score: 0

9:31am Sun 25 May 14

Hiliter says...

Ellery is a 20 year old seeking public office we are told.
The young people I know do not have such bigoted views about the women of Basingstoke and do not express such unacceptable views about wanting to hurt other people on a facebook page.
It is entirely relevant to draw the connection with his father especially when he ,Alan Stone ,is seeking to become the MP for Basingstoke.
As Sam_ Walker says it is reasonable to think that Ellery is a product of nurture not nature and his family influences have had an impact on his views about a lot of things.
We are told that Ellery is seeking to pursue a professional career following his University studies - lets hope his future employers get to hear about the statements made by this 20 year old,sooner rather than later.
Ellery is a 20 year old seeking public office we are told. The young people I know do not have such bigoted views about the women of Basingstoke and do not express such unacceptable views about wanting to hurt other people on a facebook page. It is entirely relevant to draw the connection with his father especially when he ,Alan Stone ,is seeking to become the MP for Basingstoke. As Sam_ Walker says it is reasonable to think that Ellery is a product of nurture not nature and his family influences have had an impact on his views about a lot of things. We are told that Ellery is seeking to pursue a professional career following his University studies - lets hope his future employers get to hear about the statements made by this 20 year old,sooner rather than later. Hiliter
  • Score: 7

11:01am Sun 25 May 14

Peter H. says...

kiz.bartlett wrote:
The basingstoke gazette should bring out a weekly publication called "Miller gazette" to satisfy anyone who references it.

I'm not exactly sure what else can be reported? She messed up, she got caught, her story was publicised and now she has gone into hiding because of it. To be honest if the gazette posted as much about Maria Miller as people request, we could probably round it up together and make it her memoirs.
Fair point kiz. But there is one thing they can do……

Mrs. Miller habitually appeared in the Gazette supporting some campaign or other, presumably her present low profile is an exercise in damage limitation – I can’t imagine she did much campaigning for Tory candidates during this election.

Yet questions remain over her future: should she stand next year?

Personally I feel she should apply for re-selection; ideally in an open primary but if not, then at least among the party faithful. They are the ones who will have to campaign for her and surely deserve a say.

I’m not being partisan here, but those who want to vote Tory next year would rather not hold their noses when doing so.

So, what can the Gazette report? Like others on here, I wrote to the local party to discover their plans – and received no reply. Perhaps the Gazette would have more luck. They could contact the local party chairman and demand a response, if none is forthcoming, then that should be reported too.

The refusal to engage with local people suggests local bigwigs want to brush this under the carpet and hope it all goes away. They rely on voter apathy and forgetfulness; this forum, though small, is one place where the issue can be kept alive – and I respect those who do so.

It’s seems a forlorn hope, but all is not lost. Compare the fortunes of Maria Miller with Onnalee Cubitt a successful local Councillor deemed unfit to represent the Tories yet whose integrity meant she stood as an Independent and won.

This may be a lesson in complacency. Though 70% larger than Brighton Hill South (where Matt Ellery was elected) Onnalee’s Basing ward achieved a creditable 43% turnout vs. only 29% for BHS. Voters recognise a quality candidate when they see one and will pour out in support. If integrity can energise one ward, perhaps it can do it for a constituency too?
[quote][p][bold]kiz.bartlett[/bold] wrote: The basingstoke gazette should bring out a weekly publication called "Miller gazette" to satisfy anyone who references it. I'm not exactly sure what else can be reported? She messed up, she got caught, her story was publicised and now she has gone into hiding because of it. To be honest if the gazette posted as much about Maria Miller as people request, we could probably round it up together and make it her memoirs.[/p][/quote]Fair point kiz. But there is one thing they can do…… Mrs. Miller habitually appeared in the Gazette supporting some campaign or other, presumably her present low profile is an exercise in damage limitation – I can’t imagine she did much campaigning for Tory candidates during this election. Yet questions remain over her future: should she stand next year? Personally I feel she should apply for re-selection; ideally in an open primary but if not, then at least among the party faithful. They are the ones who will have to campaign for her and surely deserve a say. I’m not being partisan here, but those who want to vote Tory next year would rather not hold their noses when doing so. So, what can the Gazette report? Like others on here, I wrote to the local party to discover their plans – and received no reply. Perhaps the Gazette would have more luck. They could contact the local party chairman and demand a response, if none is forthcoming, then that should be reported too. The refusal to engage with local people suggests local bigwigs want to brush this under the carpet and hope it all goes away. They rely on voter apathy and forgetfulness; this forum, though small, is one place where the issue can be kept alive – and I respect those who do so. It’s seems a forlorn hope, but all is not lost. Compare the fortunes of Maria Miller with Onnalee Cubitt a successful local Councillor deemed unfit to represent the Tories yet whose integrity meant she stood as an Independent and won. This may be a lesson in complacency. Though 70% larger than Brighton Hill South (where Matt Ellery was elected) Onnalee’s Basing ward achieved a creditable 43% turnout vs. only 29% for BHS. Voters recognise a quality candidate when they see one and will pour out in support. If integrity can energise one ward, perhaps it can do it for a constituency too? Peter H.
  • Score: 5

10:12pm Sun 25 May 14

purple-ferret says...

Sam_Walker123456 wrote:
Food for Thought wrote:
Not sure why the Gazette seem to think that it matters who the guy's father is. Alan Stone is not responsible for comments or actions made by his son but assume he has given him an earful about his conduct with regard to his comments. Matthew Ellery is a very young man, young people make mistakes and say stupid things at times. maybe this is a lesson for all of us to think twice before posting rash comments on social media sites.
I would like to ask why the Gazette has gone very quiet over Maria Miller, an experienced middle-age woman who was caught with her hands in the till, then willfully obstructed the investigation and avoided justice.
It matters who the father is for two reasons:
1 Possible conflict of interest
2 Alan Stone might not be responsible for his son's comments, but I wonder where Mr Ellery got the views he expressed in them. He is only 20 so it is not unreasonable to speculate that many of his prejudices could have been picked up from family members.
What can The Gazette say about Maria Miller? She only puts her head above the parapet to bask in the reflected glory of decreasing unemployment and the such like. Perhaps you would like an article with the headline, 'Maria Miller continues to maintain her silence', followed the next week by, 'Still no comment from the Miller camp' or 'Gazette reporter deafened by Maria's silence'
Where is the conflict of interest? And what are these prejudices that you claim he has? If he had made the same comment about the men of Basingstoke, no one would have batted an eyelid.
[quote][p][bold]Sam_Walker123456[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Food for Thought[/bold] wrote: Not sure why the Gazette seem to think that it matters who the guy's father is. Alan Stone is not responsible for comments or actions made by his son but assume he has given him an earful about his conduct with regard to his comments. Matthew Ellery is a very young man, young people make mistakes and say stupid things at times. maybe this is a lesson for all of us to think twice before posting rash comments on social media sites. I would like to ask why the Gazette has gone very quiet over Maria Miller, an experienced middle-age woman who was caught with her hands in the till, then willfully obstructed the investigation and avoided justice.[/p][/quote]It matters who the father is for two reasons: 1 Possible conflict of interest 2 Alan Stone might not be responsible for his son's comments, but I wonder where Mr Ellery got the views he expressed in them. He is only 20 so it is not unreasonable to speculate that many of his prejudices could have been picked up from family members. What can The Gazette say about Maria Miller? She only puts her head above the parapet to bask in the reflected glory of decreasing unemployment and the such like. Perhaps you would like an article with the headline, 'Maria Miller continues to maintain her silence', followed the next week by, 'Still no comment from the Miller camp' or 'Gazette reporter deafened by Maria's silence'[/p][/quote]Where is the conflict of interest? And what are these prejudices that you claim he has? If he had made the same comment about the men of Basingstoke, no one would have batted an eyelid. purple-ferret
  • Score: 2

2:04pm Tue 27 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

I think this report can be summed up by ......"Contrary to the accusations aimed at (Councillor) Matthew Ellery, one at least is incorrect. He does actually have a father.
I think this report can be summed up by ......"Contrary to the accusations aimed at (Councillor) Matthew Ellery, one at least is incorrect. He does actually have a father. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 2

12:35am Fri 30 May 14

gazette-reader says...

I did not follow the election so had not realised the link until now. Wouldn't it be interesting to tell the story of how I dropped out of college after 18 months of being bullied by him. It will be nice to watch him crash and burn in the spotlight. What's goes around comes around as they say.
I did not follow the election so had not realised the link until now. Wouldn't it be interesting to tell the story of how I dropped out of college after 18 months of being bullied by him. It will be nice to watch him crash and burn in the spotlight. What's goes around comes around as they say. gazette-reader
  • Score: 2

8:39am Fri 30 May 14

g potten says...

It shows how many people this young man has upset over his remarks on the women of our town, As for his post he feels like he wants to star someone how can he get away with this. He made a remark that in my view is INTENT TO HURT A PERSON and should be charged with this offence, How can his university or collage accept such behaviour it also shows his mind at work ?????
It shows how many people this young man has upset over his remarks on the women of our town, As for his post he feels like he wants to star someone how can he get away with this. He made a remark that in my view is INTENT TO HURT A PERSON and should be charged with this offence, How can his university or collage accept such behaviour it also shows his mind at work ????? g potten
  • Score: 1

8:47am Fri 30 May 14

g potten says...

g potten wrote:
It shows how many people this young man has upset over his remarks on the women of our town, As for his post he feels like he wants to star someone how can he get away with this. He made a remark that in my view is INTENT TO HURT A PERSON and should be charged with this offence, How can his university or collage accept such behaviour it also shows his mind at work ?????
how can this young man post to me is intent when he said he feels like he wants to stab someone, he should be charged with this by the police, if not pop round to try and stab me, as for the ladies of our town i think he needs to see his optician i call on his collage or university to take a good look at this student and having his name associated with them. The way it turns out now he is no matter what a U.K.I P sad person he is.
[quote][p][bold]g potten[/bold] wrote: It shows how many people this young man has upset over his remarks on the women of our town, As for his post he feels like he wants to star someone how can he get away with this. He made a remark that in my view is INTENT TO HURT A PERSON and should be charged with this offence, How can his university or collage accept such behaviour it also shows his mind at work ?????[/p][/quote]how can this young man post to me is intent when he said he feels like he wants to stab someone, he should be charged with this by the police, if not pop round to try and stab me, as for the ladies of our town i think he needs to see his optician i call on his collage or university to take a good look at this student and having his name associated with them. The way it turns out now he is no matter what a U.K.I P sad person he is. g potten
  • Score: 1

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