Anger after elected Independent councillor Derek Borthwick joins the Conservatives

JOINED TORIES: Cllr Derek Borthwick

JOINED TORIES: Cllr Derek Borthwick

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AN INDEPENDENT councillor elected last Thursday on a slogan of “people before politics” has joined the Conservatives.

The revelation has left the leader of Bournemouth’s Independent councillors “totally devastated” and calling for a by-election.

Derek Borthwick was elected as an Independent in the Throop and Muscliff ward, alongside his group leader Anne Rey and veteran Independent Ron Whittaker.

Their election address, headed “People before politics,” said: “Independents are free to vote at council meetings and act on behalf of their electors and they can be depended upon to act in the best interest of the ward and the town in general without fear or favour.”

Cllr Rey said she was “totally devastated” when Cllr Borthwick told her four days after the poll that he was thinking of joining the Tories.

“We’re very angry. I said he could have stood as a Tory and been honest. He hasn’t even had the decency to call us. He has deceived his ward colleagues and residents; there should be a by-election. This is the lowest form of politics.”

A furious Cllr Whittaker said: “He’s a traitor and we will slay him. He has got in on our shirttails; he wouldn’t have got in without us. I’m disgusted.

“I’m sure residents in Muscliff and Throop will also have something to say; he has betrayed us all. This was clearly planned months ago.”

Last week’s elections left the Conservatives with 45 seats on the council, with the Liberal Democrats, Labour and Independents on three seats each.

In a statement, Cllr Borthwick said he had felt “isolated” by his Independent colleagues who “both appear to support the Labour Party leader (Ben Grower) as spokesman for the opposition members.”

He added: “How can I stand in an Independent group which has two members out of three openly supporting other political candidates?

“Joining the Conservatives gives me the opportunity to put in a positive input into the running of the council, and not sitting as a lone Independent councillor. “I will continue to work hard for the residents of Throop and Muscliff and all Bournemouth residents.”

Cllr Grower said: “This is an excuse. He always appeared to side with the Tories.”

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11:24am Wed 11 May 11

Redgolfer says...

At least that ward HAD Independents, in my ward of East Cliff and Springbourne had none, so like others as I would not vote for existing council members, I spoilt my paper, like many others.
At least that ward HAD Independents, in my ward of East Cliff and Springbourne had none, so like others as I would not vote for existing council members, I spoilt my paper, like many others. Redgolfer
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11:24am Wed 11 May 11

whataboutthat says...

Surely an offence under the (Mis-) Representation of the People Act?
Surely an offence under the (Mis-) Representation of the People Act? whataboutthat
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11:33am Wed 11 May 11

BmthNewshound says...

Its clear from the election results that the voters of Throop and Muscliffe didn’t want to be Conservative councillors representing their ward. Derek Borthwick decision to betray his supporters by joining the Tories raises serious questions about his honesty and integrity. The people who voted for him must now be asking themselves if Borthwick purposefully deceived them during in the campaign and always intended to join the Tories if elected.
Its clear from the election results that the voters of Throop and Muscliffe didn’t want to be Conservative councillors representing their ward. Derek Borthwick decision to betray his supporters by joining the Tories raises serious questions about his honesty and integrity. The people who voted for him must now be asking themselves if Borthwick purposefully deceived them during in the campaign and always intended to join the Tories if elected. BmthNewshound
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11:39am Wed 11 May 11

contric says...

i think he knew without ron and ann he had no chance it just goes to show the type of person he is as i stated earlier fight me borthwick if you dare you do not reperesent me at all do the decent thing and stand down but i have more chance of doing a poo in the queens handbag than seeing someone like you doing the decent thing
i think he knew without ron and ann he had no chance it just goes to show the type of person he is as i stated earlier fight me borthwick if you dare you do not reperesent me at all do the decent thing and stand down but i have more chance of doing a poo in the queens handbag than seeing someone like you doing the decent thing contric
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11:53am Wed 11 May 11

whataboutthat says...

Yes, why was contric's original removed? Nothing libelous in there - just vulgar abuse, perfectly legal. Come on Echo hacks get your Gatley 'On Libel and Slander' out
Yes, why was contric's original removed? Nothing libelous in there - just vulgar abuse, perfectly legal. Come on Echo hacks get your Gatley 'On Libel and Slander' out whataboutthat
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12:12pm Wed 11 May 11

Fiona Muscliffe Throop says...

Cllr Borthwick can not carry on representing us it would be too awkward for him the residents will be too angry they wont tolerate it.

Please do the decent thing and resign Derek....

Resign now.
Cllr Borthwick can not carry on representing us it would be too awkward for him the residents will be too angry they wont tolerate it. Please do the decent thing and resign Derek.... Resign now. Fiona Muscliffe Throop
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12:19pm Wed 11 May 11

Sarah Cartlidge says...

By all means have a vigorous debate, but please refrain from posting abusive messages.
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By all means have a vigorous debate, but please refrain from posting abusive messages. Please bear our Terms and Conditions in mind. Sarah Cartlidge
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12:27pm Wed 11 May 11

fartycat says...

After witnessing how Cllr Borthwick worked as the chairman on the AFC Bournemouth supporters' trust shortly after the sale and leaseback deal I am genuinely suprised it has taken him this long to drop such a clanger.
After witnessing how Cllr Borthwick worked as the chairman on the AFC Bournemouth supporters' trust shortly after the sale and leaseback deal I am genuinely suprised it has taken him this long to drop such a clanger. fartycat
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12:54pm Wed 11 May 11

politicaltrainspotter says...

Legally whether there can be a by election is another matter unless a group of 50% per cent of the residents demand it.The timing of this shows Mr Borthwick agenda,it is personal and his constituents issues does not matter.Mr Borthwick changed parties because he has set up a deal.He has been promised chairmanship of a group and in the next four years become the Mayor.Not only has he cheated the people of Muscliff who voted for him as an independent but cheated those who also stood for council.If Mr Borthwick,has any credibilty he will resign and the council will call a byelection and allow those who were up for election stand again.
Legally whether there can be a by election is another matter unless a group of 50% per cent of the residents demand it.The timing of this shows Mr Borthwick agenda,it is personal and his constituents issues does not matter.Mr Borthwick changed parties because he has set up a deal.He has been promised chairmanship of a group and in the next four years become the Mayor.Not only has he cheated the people of Muscliff who voted for him as an independent but cheated those who also stood for council.If Mr Borthwick,has any credibilty he will resign and the council will call a byelection and allow those who were up for election stand again. politicaltrainspotter
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2:06pm Wed 11 May 11

dvdr says...

About par for a politician, I'm afraid. There is nothing so insecure as a politician's promise. The surprise is that other politicians are surprised!
About par for a politician, I'm afraid. There is nothing so insecure as a politician's promise. The surprise is that other politicians are surprised! dvdr
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2:47pm Wed 11 May 11

Xchurch-man says...

This should be illegal. Surely this must count as electoral misrepresentation?
A by-election should be mandatory when any elected official parliamentary or council, changes affiliation from the party which they were elected under.
Still, just goes to show you can always tell when they are lying, just watch for the lips moving.
This should be illegal. Surely this must count as electoral misrepresentation? A by-election should be mandatory when any elected official parliamentary or council, changes affiliation from the party which they were elected under. Still, just goes to show you can always tell when they are lying, just watch for the lips moving. Xchurch-man
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2:47pm Wed 11 May 11

pigfarmer says...

Only posting because the password is

desk-wine
Only posting because the password is desk-wine pigfarmer
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3:27pm Wed 11 May 11

Fiona Muscliffe Throop says...

A year after the elections is when the paper candidates and the newly elected councillors who realize theyve bitten off more than they can chew tend to resign and by-elections are called.

Thats when Cllr Borthwick should go May 2012.

To call an individual
by-election sooner than that would incur a lot of expense to the authority.

If he stands in the by-election as a Conservative he wont get any votes.
A year after the elections is when the paper candidates and the newly elected councillors who realize theyve bitten off more than they can chew tend to resign and by-elections are called. Thats when Cllr Borthwick should go May 2012. To call an individual by-election sooner than that would incur a lot of expense to the authority. If he stands in the by-election as a Conservative he wont get any votes. Fiona Muscliffe Throop
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3:38pm Wed 11 May 11

fartycat says...

"To call an individual by-election sooner than that would incur a lot of expense to the authority."
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Are you sure? Exactly how much will a by-election cost and how much will Borthwick claim in expenses for a year on the gravy train?
"To call an individual by-election sooner than that would incur a lot of expense to the authority." . Are you sure? Exactly how much will a by-election cost and how much will Borthwick claim in expenses for a year on the gravy train? fartycat
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3:42pm Wed 11 May 11

charley farley west parley says...

Rightly or wrongly we are used to our politicians being a bit conniving now and again but this is beyond the pale.
I would say do the honourable thing and resign, stand as a Conservative candidate and see if you get elected, but i fear there is nothing honourable about Mr Borthwick, judging by his actions in this affair.
Rightly or wrongly we are used to our politicians being a bit conniving now and again but this is beyond the pale. I would say do the honourable thing and resign, stand as a Conservative candidate and see if you get elected, but i fear there is nothing honourable about Mr Borthwick, judging by his actions in this affair. charley farley west parley
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4:03pm Wed 11 May 11

Fiona Muscliffe Throop says...

There were also misrepresentations in Cllr Borthwicks election leaflet he stated

"in my first few months as a councillor I saved Bournemouth Council three million pounds"

I did consider complaining about that statement but I didnt because it might have come across as sour grapes.
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The councillor is an elderly gentleman and in truth he was never really a true IND he never really came across as a firebrand or someone with passionate beliefs and convictions.
There were also misrepresentations in Cllr Borthwicks election leaflet he stated "in my first few months as a councillor I saved Bournemouth Council three million pounds" I did consider complaining about that statement but I didnt because it might have come across as sour grapes. ____________________ ____ The councillor is an elderly gentleman and in truth he was never really a true IND he never really came across as a firebrand or someone with passionate beliefs and convictions. Fiona Muscliffe Throop
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4:12pm Wed 11 May 11

Bournemadge says...

Redgolfer wrote:
At least that ward HAD Independents, in my ward of East Cliff and Springbourne had none, so like others as I would not vote for existing council members, I spoilt my paper, like many others.
I can't believe people would actually go to the trouble of getting to their polling station then would spoil their ballot paper - what does this prove or achieve? absolutely nothing other than the ballot paper was filled in by a moron. Why not have the courage of your convictions and stand for election yourself, vote for someone you think shares your aspirations or don't vote at all. The only point you make by spoiling a paper is that you are too thick to do any of the above....
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: At least that ward HAD Independents, in my ward of East Cliff and Springbourne had none, so like others as I would not vote for existing council members, I spoilt my paper, like many others.[/p][/quote]I can't believe people would actually go to the trouble of getting to their polling station then would spoil their ballot paper - what does this prove or achieve? absolutely nothing other than the ballot paper was filled in by a moron. Why not have the courage of your convictions and stand for election yourself, vote for someone you think shares your aspirations or don't vote at all. The only point you make by spoiling a paper is that you are too thick to do any of the above.... Bournemadge
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4:40pm Wed 11 May 11

Bournemadge says...

Contric, I agree that he must have known he was going to walk the floor before the election. I do think he lacks integrity therefore, yes. If I had voted for him and then 4 days later he changed party I would not be happy either!
Contric, I agree that he must have known he was going to walk the floor before the election. I do think he lacks integrity therefore, yes. If I had voted for him and then 4 days later he changed party I would not be happy either! Bournemadge
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5:20pm Wed 11 May 11

CliveL says...

As a resident of Muscliff who very much appreciates the Independent representation we enjoy, I am appalled by this defection. I would be grateful if Fiona or Cllr Ron could outline our options. Can we officially complain to either the council or another (independent) electoral overseeing body?
As a resident of Muscliff who very much appreciates the Independent representation we enjoy, I am appalled by this defection. I would be grateful if Fiona or Cllr Ron could outline our options. Can we officially complain to either the council or another (independent) electoral overseeing body? CliveL
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5:53pm Wed 11 May 11

Fiona Muscliffe Throop says...

CliveL wrote:
As a resident of Muscliff who very much appreciates the Independent representation we enjoy, I am appalled by this defection. I would be grateful if Fiona or Cllr Ron could outline our options. Can we officially complain to either the council or another (independent) electoral overseeing body?
If we had half the electorate in Muscliff and Throop asking for his resignation we could force a by-election Clive.

Im thinking of doing a petition going door to door.

In the meantime residents of Throop and Muscliff should email and write to him demanding his resignation.

The Cllr is here to do the will of the people he represents & the people he claims to represent want him to do the honourable thing and resign...
[quote][p][bold]CliveL[/bold] wrote: As a resident of Muscliff who very much appreciates the Independent representation we enjoy, I am appalled by this defection. I would be grateful if Fiona or Cllr Ron could outline our options. Can we officially complain to either the council or another (independent) electoral overseeing body?[/p][/quote]If we had half the electorate in Muscliff and Throop asking for his resignation we could force a by-election Clive. Im thinking of doing a petition going door to door. In the meantime residents of Throop and Muscliff should email and write to him demanding his resignation. The Cllr is here to do the will of the people he represents & the people he claims to represent want him to do the honourable thing and resign... Fiona Muscliffe Throop
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6:03pm Wed 11 May 11

hvoice says...

Shouldn't we be asking how much the Conservative Party was involved? They obviously courted him with the promise of a chairman's post and even the role of Mayor, before the election. Were they so afraid of losing power they were prepared to cheat Throop and Muscliff voters this way? It is dishonest and underhanded. I hope there is some way of removing him.
Shouldn't we be asking how much the Conservative Party was involved? They obviously courted him with the promise of a chairman's post and even the role of Mayor, before the election. Were they so afraid of losing power they were prepared to cheat Throop and Muscliff voters this way? It is dishonest and underhanded. I hope there is some way of removing him. hvoice
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12:36pm Thu 12 May 11

frarog says...

Redgolfer wrote:
At least that ward HAD Independents, in my ward of East Cliff and Springbourne had none, so like others as I would not vote for existing council members, I spoilt my paper, like many others.
That is a silly thing to do! After all, if you don't vote you must not complain!
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: At least that ward HAD Independents, in my ward of East Cliff and Springbourne had none, so like others as I would not vote for existing council members, I spoilt my paper, like many others.[/p][/quote]That is a silly thing to do! After all, if you don't vote you must not complain! frarog
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12:47pm Thu 12 May 11

Lewis boy says...

I voted for Borthwick as an independant not a tory get him out now TRAITOR to Muscliff and Throop voters lets have another election
I voted for Borthwick as an independant not a tory get him out now TRAITOR to Muscliff and Throop voters lets have another election Lewis boy
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11:13am Fri 13 May 11

Glashen says...

frarog wrote:
Redgolfer wrote:
At least that ward HAD Independents, in my ward of East Cliff and Springbourne had none, so like others as I would not vote for existing council members, I spoilt my paper, like many others.
That is a silly thing to do! After all, if you don't vote you must not complain!
Although I have never done it I can see the justification for spoiling your ballot paper, "None of the above" is a valid response if you feel none of the candidates could represent you. Of course you could stand yourself.
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I believe we should be able to register an abstention on the ballot paper because as others have said if you spoil your ballot there is the risk that you are just considered as someone who couldn't work out how to fill a ballot paper in.
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I certainly think that not selecting a candidate does not invalidate your opinion, but if you simply don't turn up then you will probably be regarded as just not being bothered who runs the council.
[quote][p][bold]frarog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: At least that ward HAD Independents, in my ward of East Cliff and Springbourne had none, so like others as I would not vote for existing council members, I spoilt my paper, like many others.[/p][/quote]That is a silly thing to do! After all, if you don't vote you must not complain![/p][/quote]Although I have never done it I can see the justification for spoiling your ballot paper, "None of the above" is a valid response if you feel none of the candidates could represent you. Of course you could stand yourself. - I believe we should be able to register an abstention on the ballot paper because as others have said if you spoil your ballot there is the risk that you are just considered as someone who couldn't work out how to fill a ballot paper in. - I certainly think that not selecting a candidate does not invalidate your opinion, but if you simply don't turn up then you will probably be regarded as just not being bothered who runs the council. Glashen
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7:34am Sat 14 May 11

Avengerboy says...

So I Vote Independent and get a Tory. There is clearly something wrong with the democratic process when this is a) Allowed and b) Not an instant by-election. I actually spoke to this 'person' on my doorstep and mentioned my dislike of the Tories ..... to which he agreed!
So I Vote Independent and get a Tory. There is clearly something wrong with the democratic process when this is a) Allowed and b) Not an instant by-election. I actually spoke to this 'person' on my doorstep and mentioned my dislike of the Tories ..... to which he agreed! Avengerboy
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12:02pm Sat 14 May 11

westcliffman says...

Just a few days after the election and we get our first scandal of the new council....how many more are going to happen?

Derek Borthwick should me ashamed of himself and do the decent thing and resign. I just hope that the people of his ward get him removed if he does not resign.

The people of his ward voted for an Independant not a Conservative candidate. I presume he was in talks with the Conservatives before the election, so they should allso be ashamed of themselves as well.

Perhaps the thing to do is to make formal complaints to the Consevative Party in London?
Just a few days after the election and we get our first scandal of the new council....how many more are going to happen? Derek Borthwick should me ashamed of himself and do the decent thing and resign. I just hope that the people of his ward get him removed if he does not resign. The people of his ward voted for an Independant not a Conservative candidate. I presume he was in talks with the Conservatives before the election, so they should allso be ashamed of themselves as well. Perhaps the thing to do is to make formal complaints to the Consevative Party in London? westcliffman
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12:07am Mon 16 May 11

GAHmusic says...

I voted for Fiona and she has a right to be upset as she would have undoubtedly won if Derek wasn't standing. Unfortunately not enough Muscliff residence will be reading this so the message needs to get out somehow. Out of interest roughly how much is half the wards residents?
I voted for Fiona and she has a right to be upset as she would have undoubtedly won if Derek wasn't standing. Unfortunately not enough Muscliff residence will be reading this so the message needs to get out somehow. Out of interest roughly how much is half the wards residents? GAHmusic
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2:51pm Mon 16 May 11

The Liberal says...

It's one thing when a councillor defects to another party a good while after the election, due to a change of heart or disagreement with his former party's policies. What Cllr Borthwick has done is quite another IMHO.
It's one thing when a councillor defects to another party a good while after the election, due to a change of heart or disagreement with his former party's policies. What Cllr Borthwick has done is quite another IMHO. The Liberal
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8:44pm Mon 16 May 11

Pineview says...

I wonder if we had some form of PR (shock horror)That the people of the area who would vote Labout,Lib-Dem ,Green or whatever that he would never have stood a chance .
Independent ? Ok lets vote for himas we don't want a tory and there is n't a chance of Labour getting in ?
Oh well our great demcoracy in motion >
I wonder if we had some form of PR (shock horror)That the people of the area who would vote Labout,Lib-Dem ,Green or whatever that he would never have stood a chance . Independent ? Ok lets vote for himas we don't want a tory and there is n't a chance of Labour getting in ? Oh well our great demcoracy in motion > Pineview
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