Archive for the 'Donald Wood' Category

02
Jul
09

local conservatives party at your expense

'councillor Milburn consoles his leader after news broke that councillor Gibson got away with more expenses than he did'

'councillor Milburn consoles his leader after news broke that councillor Gibson got away with more expenses than he did'

Over the last couple of days Mr Monkey has been having another look at the expenses claims of Laurel and Hardy, the comedy duo who represent the Cleadon and East Boldon Ward, councillors Potts and Milburn.

Armed only with a diary, a calculator and a list of council committee meetings, Mr Monkey has come to the conclusion that Laurel and Hardy have been having a very fine time at the behest of the public purse. Readers will remember that Mr Monkey revealed Dumb and Dumber’s excessive expense claims in a previous post CLICK HERE

The King of Sleaze David Potts accumulated £3116.81 whilst attending the Local Government Association’s “Environment Board”, travelling up and down to London (with the odd overnight stop) via first class rail travel. Over £800 was pocketed claimed largely without the production of any receipts.

Likewise, councillor Milburn the Cleadon Plonky managed to rack up £3129.85, this time via the Local Government Associations “Strategy and Finance Board”. Not to miss out on any free money, £300 was paid out with no proof that it had actually been spent.

Those of you who frequent this site on a regular basis will not be surprised by these figures – councillor Potts has always been top of the class when it comes to sponging a publicly funded jaunt to London, a free bed for the night and a slap up meal to boot. Clearly, he has also created Milburn in his own image, indeed they both love nothing more than a good feed at the pig’s trough at the public’s expense of course. 

Whilst their greed may be galling, it’s surpassed by their total disregard for the people who elected them. Over a period of 6 consecutive LGA Environment Board meetings, cpunillor Potts never missed one of them. When it comes to 6 Community Area Forum meetings (the life blood of the councillor/electorate structure) all held within a couple of days of Potts’ trips to London, he managed to attend a grand total of ……0, zero, nil, zilch, none.

Councillor Milburn’s record is equally contemptible. 4 of his LGA Strategy and Finance Board meetings fell on the same day as his local CAF’s – Milburn chose to go to London on all four occasions, spending £1381 instead of representing those who elected him. Over the Council committee period 2008/2009, the 3 stooges – Conservative councillors for Cleadon and East Boldon (lets not forget the Donald Wood) – never managed to attend a CAF meeting as a trio. Pudgy Face Potts didn’t even manage to get his rather ample backside to one meeting, such is his laziness and contempt for the electorate.

So there you have it. When it comes to representing their communities, councillors David Potts and Jeffrey Milburn could not care less and would rather have a free couple of days in London, all paid for from the public purse.

Mr Monkey has this message for all you doubters out there … when you’re sitting in The Cottage or The Red Lion listening to the whines emanating from the mouths of Potts and Milburn as to how their reputations have been besmirched by The Monkey, remind them that all this information has been gleaned from the Councils own internet site. It’s free to use and free to see – the devil is in the detail, however, the devil is never in The Gazette!

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18
May
09

how much does a conservative councillor cost the taxpayer?

Earlier this week Mr Monkey revealed how 2 local Conservative councillors managed to claim nearly £7,000 in expenses in the past 12 months. CLICK HERE and HERE.

Conservative leader councillor David Potts pocketed £3,393 in expenses in 2008 – 09 and during the same period his Cleadon and East Boldon colleague councillor Milburn claimed £3,448.

The Conservative group on South Tyneside council consists of just 3 councillors and this is what they cost the taxpayer in 2008 – 09

Name

Allowances

Travel Expenses

Subsistence

Total

Weekly Cost

D. Potts

£13,277

£2,685

£707

£16,669

£320.55

J. Milburn

£11,203

£3260

£188

£14,651

£281.75

D. Wood

£7,056

£374

£7,430

£142.88

           
           
TOTALS

£31,536

£6,319

£895

£38,750

£745.18

So there you have it, each Conservative councillor costs the taxpayer at least £12,916.

27
Jan
09

Shame On You – You’re A Disgrace

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.

Yes January 27th is the day when people throughout the world remember the victims of the Nazi Holocaust and of more recent genocides in Cambodia, Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq and Palestine.

Numerous ceremonies to remember the victims of these atrocities have taken place up and down the country including here in South Tyneside where each year the Mayor hosts a ceremony on behalf of the people of the borough to make the occasion.

Apparently today’s guests included a select band of children, members of the public, church goers, a few council officers, a handful of councillors and the usual band of Labour party activists – Mr Monkey is still waiting for details of these scrounging bastards but can confirm that Pat Morris and Jack Brown were seen loitering around the buffet table.

The ceremony itself apparently included several readings, recitals, a prayer, and a few words (via letters) from our local MP’s. There was also a flower laying and candle lighting ceremony.

Mr Monkey can confirm that although today’s ceremony was well attended it seems most councillors, executive directors of the council and business leaders couldn’t be bothered to turn up.

According to a source inside the town hall only 11 councillors out of a possible 54 had the decency to make an appearance, these included: councillors Alex Donaldson, John Anglin, Peter Boyack, Jim Foreman, Ahmed Khan, Jane Branley, Joan Meeks, Tom Piggot, Jimmy Sewell, Ernest Gibson and Alan Kerr.

Notable absences included the Chuckle Brothers, aka Ian and Ed Malcolm, Michael Clare, Bill Brady (Lead Member for Equality and Diversity), Tracy Dixon, Joanne Bell, Audrey McMillan, Linda Waggott, Barry Scorer, John McCabe, Jim Perry and Tom Hanson.

The King of Sleaze Tory Boy David Potts and his two stooges Wood and Millburn, all three Liberal Democrats, the two representatives of the We’ve Finally Made Our Mind Up Party Real Independents councillors Lurch and Red Rum Haram and Elsom plus their new lackey Tom Defty were all conspicuous by their absence.

Apparently the Progressives didn’t bother turning up because they still think its 1986.

Mr Monkey reckons that each and every one of you lazy bastards who couldn’t be bothered to turn up should hang your heads in shame – in the words of the King of Sleaze .. “you’re a disgrace”.

23
Oct
08

Tory Leader in Waiting

Bloggers will recall Mr Monkey revealed that disgraced Conservative councillor David Potts was to be relieved of his duties as leader of the Tory group on South Tyneside Council CLICK HERE.

The gentleman of Tory politics, councillor Donald Wood seems to have been thrust in to the limelight and is looks every bit the leader in waiting.

After reading yesterday’s article in the Gazette CLICK HERE it appears that even the local press are giving media loving Pudgy Face a wide berth by going straight to councillor Wood when they need an official Tory comment.

Like it or not Tory Boy your political career is over.

08
Oct
08

Have The Tories Got A New Leader?

It seems Mr Monkey’s prediction that disgraced Tory councillor and sacked Parliamentary candidate David Potts is to be relieved of his duties as leader of the Tories on South Tyneside Council is correct.

Tory Boy Potts who loves any publicity good or bad, seems to have been sidelined by his colleagues in favour of councillor Donald Wood. Take a look at this article in yesterday’s Gazette and you could be forgiven for thinking that coun. Woods is leader of the Conservatives and not David Potts.

The article is interesting in so much as it talks about Conservative prospects at the 2010 local elections and there is no mention of Potts in any reference to the future.

Mr Monkey can’t help wondering whether a deal to get rid of Tory Boy has already been done and coun. Woods sudden appearance from the shadows is the final death nail in Tory Boy’s coffin.

Well done coun. Wood, your decisive action may just have saved the Tories reputation.