Dinnington St. John’s Town Council By-Election 18th December 2014 – Candidate Statement Dave Smith

I think I should make it clear why I am standing in the Dinnington election, to be held on December 18.

Our Labour controlled council does not represent the views of the majority of the people in Dinnington; they put party dogma above the wishes of the electorate. I am not a member of any party nor do I hold any affiliation to any political party; I am truly independent, I don’t pretend to be independent I AM.  If elected the only allegiance I will have will be to the people of Dinnington

The Dinnington people deserve better than Labour councillors who pay lip service to dealing with our problems. They would have us believe that they are against building on our green belt; but when the Labour Party tells them to accept it they do. I believe that the fields are to grow food in and for the people to enjoy walking through.

We have three Labour Town/Borough councillors who knew several years ago about Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham; one of them, Jane Havenhand, was senior adviser to Shaun Wright for five years whilst he was in charge of children’s services. She knew equally as much as he did about Child Sexual Exploitation, when I have questioned her about this at Town council meetings she refuses to answer. Are these the kind of people Dinnington wants to represent us?

I will if elected, fight to have our Town centre pedestrianised, so we can have such things as a monthly farmers market, which will bring much needed footfall to our beleaguered Town centre businesses. More can be done by the council to attract businesses to Dinnington, which in turn will provide much needed jobs. The answer to our unemployed in Dinnington is not to take a massive swathe of good agricultural land alongside the A57 for a trading estate, but to use the land where the infrastructure is already in place.

Two good reasons to vote for me on the 18 December, the Labour Party don’t like me and the Town council don’t like me; because I ask too many pointed question. I already attend virtually all our Town council meetings, and also cabinet and full council meetings in Rotherham, my reasons for doing this are to stand up and fight for Dinnington

Just one question to Colin Salt how is it that the local Labour Party felt that they could come and ask you to stand for Labour? I am proud to say they would not ask me to be their stalking horse.

Dave Smith

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  1. Unfortunately, most ‘Independents’ in safe Labour areas are actually conservatives who know they stand no chance if they say what they really are. You might be more credible if you said why you reject the Tories & Ukip, but it only seems to be Labour you’re against.

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  2. We do not have a UKIP Town councillor nor do we have a Tory, as an ex-miner I don’t feel the need to explain my antipathy to the Tories. Dinnington has the same problem as Rotherham, Labour have ruled the council virtually since it’s inception, this means they feel they have no need to connect with the electorate.
    Dave Smith

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    • Well not everyone knows who you are, so maybe if you said more about your politics other than you’re against Labour, it might help people know who they are voting for – or against! Its extremely arrogant of you to feel that as ‘an ex-miner’ you have no need to explain your stance.

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    • ‘We do not have a UKIP Town councillor ………..’

      I thought Ian Finnie was the UKIP councillor for Dinnington?

      Good luck in your election campaign. It is about time DSJTC had a bomb under their seats.

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  3. Hello David.
    Your information regarding the Labour Party asking me to join them is factually inaccurate. I have received no invitations to join any political party.

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