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Former mayor resigns from Tory party amid allegations of bullying

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018 at 11:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Elaine Hardwick.

A Bradley Stoke town councillor and former mayor has resigned from the Conservative party amid allegations of bullying and harassment believed to have been made by a fellow councillor.

Cllr Elaine Hardwick, who was first elected to the council on a Conservative ticket in 2011 and served as mayor in 2016-17, resigned from the party just days after her membership had been suspended following a disciplinary panel hearing understood to have taken place on 8th August.

The Bristol Post reported having seen an email from Peter Booth, the Conservative Party’s South West regional chairman, saying that the panel had “found no alternative but to uphold the complaints of bullying and harassment made against Elaine Hardwick”.

The final decision to suspend her membership is understood to have been taken by senior figures in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire Conservative Federation (BSGCF), which covers six parliamentary constituencies in the local area.

In response to a request for a statement, Charles Lucas, chair of the federation, replied: “We do not comment on internal party matters.” He added that he would not, in any case, be able to make any comment as Cllr Hardwick had now resigned from the party.

Prior to her suspension, Cllr Hardwick held several senior positions in the local party hierarchy, including deputy chair of BSGCF, chair of the Filton and Bradley Stoke Constituency branch and chair of the local Bradley Stoke branch.

Cllr Hardwick told the Journal that she intends to challenge the suspension decision and is currently taking legal advice. She will, however, continue to attend town council meetings as an unaffiliated councillor.

The Journal has learned that the formal complaint about Cllr Hardwick’s conduct was submitted to the party just days after the town council’s AGM on 9th May, where an unprecedented two-way vote was called to select the next chair of council, breaking a convention established since the council first became wholly Conservative in 2011 that the next chair is agreed in a party group meeting held prior to the AGM and elected unopposed.

The losing candidate, whom Cllr Hardwick had not supported, and two other councillors walked out of the AGM a few minutes after the decision was reached.

The Journal has learned that this humiliating defeat was viewed as the final straw by the aggrieved councillor who filed the complaint against Cllr Hardwick.

This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Jack Lopresti commences re-election campaign

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 11:50 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti.

Following the dissolution of parliament on Monday 30th March, Jack Lopresti (Conservative) has officially commenced his campaign to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Filton and Bradley Stoke (FABS).

Born in Southmead Hospital in August 1969, Mr Lopresti has lived and worked in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area all his life. He lives locally in Filton with his wife, Lucy. The couple have three children.

On leaving school, he worked in his family’s ice cream and catering business. He then worked in the financial services and residential property sectors.
Mr Lopresti served with 29 Commando RA as a mobilized reservist for a year and, in the autumn/winter of 2008-9, he was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 9.

Outlining his priorities for a possible second term as the local MP, Mr Lopresti commented:

“Defence of the Realm is the most important duty of any Government and it will remain my highest priority.”

“As a veteran I will continue to represent and work for veterans’ interests in the House of Commons and here locally.”

“If fortunate enough to be re-elected, I will continue to work to ensure that Filton and Bradley Stoke remains at the heart of Britain’s defence industry – delivering investment, manufacturing and high tech jobs.”

“I will continue to work to secure new jobs and apprenticeships. Since May 2010, unemployment has fallen by 47%. During the same period, youth unemployment more than halved and the number of apprenticeships in Filton has increased by 60%.”

“As a country, we need to build more homes, so that more of our young people can get onto the housing ladder and we need to continue to improve local infrastructure. I will continue to work with the Government and the local council to ensure that the infrastructure is robust enough to support the new homes and the new jobs coming into our area.”

“I will continue to protect the NHS and will continue to work to improve health provision locally.”

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Others that have previously announced their intention to stand for the FABS seat are: Ian Boulton (Labour), Pete Bruce (Liberal Democrat), Ben Walker (UKIP) and Diana Warner (Green). The full list of candidates will be officially announced on Thursday 9th April.

An Election Forum will take place at Bradley Stoke Community School on Sunday 12th April.

Read more: 2015 General Election in FABS (The Journal)

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Conservatives launch South Glos manifesto

Posted on Wednesday 13th April 2011 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

South Glos Conservative manifesto launch in Bradley Stoke

South Gloucestershire Conservatives promise more police on the beat, the roll-out of superfast broadband and a recycling reward scheme if they win next month’s local elections.

The party’s manifesto was launched in Bradley Stoke’s Town Square on Friday, in the presence of local MP Jack Lopresti and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries,  Ed Vaizey.

The document, entitled “Making Promises, Keeping Them and Delivering Value for Money”, includes these key promises:

  • Keep household bills down by controlling council tax, insulating more homes and investigating a ‘rewards4recycling’ scheme
  • Support our local economy and jobs by delivering the flagship Science Park, campaigning for the roll-out of superfast broadband, make small business rate relief automatic and keep car parking free
  • Invest in our schools to give our young people the best possible opportunities in life
  • Secure the maximum possible health facilities at Frenchay, Cossham, Southmead and Thornbury Hospitals
  • More police on the beat by working closer with the council

South Gloucestershire Conservative Group Leader Cllr John Calway said:

“Since 2007, not only have we kept the promises we made, but residents’ efforts have helped us go even further.”

“However, we know there’s more to do, but as we start on the hard road of paying off Labour’s debt, we won’t be able to afford to do everything that we would like to.”

“But, just like four years ago, we won’t make promises we cannot keep.”

Read on for more comment from Cllr Calway »

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