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Ben Walker chosen to fight 2015 general election for UKIP

Posted on Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 10:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Ben Walker.

Bradley Stoke councillor Ben Walker has been chosen as the UKIP candidate for the Filton and Bradley Stoke (FABS) parliamentary seat in the 2015 general election.

The party has also announced its first wave of prospective South Gloucestershire Council candidates.

Speaking after his selection, Cllr Walker said:

“I’m honoured to have been selected as the Filton and Bradley Stoke UKIP candidate and will continue to work for people across the constituency and South Gloucestershire. Our branch continues to grow from strength to strength as does our public support and we look to contest as many South Gloucestershire Council seats as possible.”

“People want change as they have been consistently let down by successive parties; we are that change with the representation of people at our core.”

Filton town councillor Keith Briffet was selected to stand as a South Gloucestershire Council candidate in Filton, along with Alan Tink, a former Filton town councillor and chair of council.

Derrick Powell from Bradley Stoke was also selected to stand for South Gloucestershire Council in Bradley Stoke.

Speaking after their selection, Keith Briffet, Alan Tink and Derrick Powell said:

“We are the fastest-growing party in Britain and the first new political force for change for 100 years. People are joining us in their thousands every month because we are prepared to say what they’ve been thinking. Only UKIP want to leave the costly, meddling EU, end mass immigration, stop soaring energy bills and cut foreign aid.”

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Two Bradley Stoke Conservative Councillors defect to UKIP

Posted on Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Ex-Tories Ben Walker and Ed Rose are welcomed into UKIP.

Two Bradley Stoke Councillors yesterday defected to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in what appears to be a consequence of some nasty in-fighting within the local Conservative Party.

Cllr Ben Walker, a former Bradley Stoke Mayor and District Councillor for the Bradley Stoke North ward, and Cllr Ed Rose, elected to the Town Council in May 2011, were welcomed into UKIP by the party’s national leader Nigel Farage at a public meeting held at the Aztec Hotel.

The defections come less than a week after Cllr Walker was snubbed by his party colleagues when they failed to nominate him for the position of Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, a largely ceremonial position that he was expected to “automatically” inherit, having served as Vice-Chair for the past year.

That episode had been preceded by a smear campaign, first aired in The Bristol Post on 12th May, which exposed embarrassing information about Cllr Walker’s business dealings and his personal tax position.

Those revelations were circulated to the local press by someone claiming to be a supporter of the Conservative party, who advised Cllr Walker’s colleagues to “identify another suitable candidate for the Chairmanship of South Gloucestershire Council”.

Yesterday’s developments began with an interview on BBC Radio Bristol’s Breakfast Show in which Cllr Walker announced his resignation from the Conservative Party. News that he and another local Councillor were to defect to UKIP came a few hours later, conveniently leaving the way open for the pair to be welcomed by their new leader at the long-planned public meeting later in the day.

More: How the day unfolded. Uncertain future for BSTC. »

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Bradley Stoke Mayor hit by smear campaign

Posted on Monday 14th May 2012 at 10:37 am by SH (Editor)

Ben Walker (Deputy Chair, South Gloucestershire Council).

Bradley Stoke Mayor Ben Walker has become the target of a smear campaign aimed at stopping him becoming the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, a position he is due to take on next week after serving for the past year as Vice Chair.

A letter alleging irregularities in the financial management of two construction companies of which Cllr Walker is a director was circulated to the local press early last week and its content appeared on an anonymous blog a few days later.

The author of the letter (since named by the Bristol Post as Julian Williams) says he is one of a number of Conservative supporters in Bradley Stoke who have “concerns about our local Councillor Ben Walker”.

The author points out that Cllr Walker established the second of the two companies in March 2011, shortly before making an application to have the first company dissolved and observes that such a sequence of events is often the hallmark of the establishment of a ‘phoenix company‘, which emerges to trade in the same activities as a failed company but sheds any liability to cover it debts.

He goes on to claim that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has since blocked the winding up of the first company, owing to “a lack of tax returns and submission of accounts”.

The author told The Journal that he is making the information public in order to “avoid future embarrassment for the party”.

His email concludes:

“Failure to submit appropriate tax returns on time and failing in corporate governance may be considered questionable conduct for a senior Conservative Councillor, particularly a Councillor who is shortly to become Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council.”

“These revelations have now rocked the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council, raising serious concerns for Councillor Walker’s colleagues, who may well under the circumstances now wish to identify another suitable candidate for Chairmanship of South Gloucestershire Council.”

More: Mayor blames problems on client that failed to pay £60,000 bill »

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