Thursday, July 22

A short life as a UKIP member

Adam Brown has had a short life as a member of UKIP and now he is to stand down as a councillor when his term ends.
Elected to Merthyr Tydfil Council in 2008 as an independent, he joined UKIP last year. He got into trouble by posting on an internet site an inappropriate sexual comment about Amanda Knox, an American woman who was on trial for allegedly murdering fellow student Meredith Kercher, from London, in the house they shared in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.

Brown, who has admitted that he was banned from every football ground in the UK for disorderly conduct, is now in trouble because of his May General Election expenses.

UKIP say “Adam Brown told us he could not afford to pay a General Election campaign printing bill for £3,500. As his own agent in Merthyr he had a legal responsibility to both pay the bill and sign a declaration relating to his election expenses. He did neither. This was something that could bring UkIP into disrepute, and after making numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact Mr Brown the party decided that he could no longer be a UkIP councillor. We informed Merthyr council of the decision.”

Brown said he had been asking questions about whether John Bufton, the UKIP MEP for Wales, had been making contributions to the party – as he had been doing from his councillor’s allowance and this was the reason for his being thrown out of the UKIP.

There are legal deadlines after elections for bills to be paid, and the agent has full legal responsibility for making correct declarations. Serious discrepancies could lead to cases being investigated by the Electoral Commission.

But he blames his decision not to seek re-election on the fact that the Council are refusing to allow him and his wife to adopt. He said “I would like to announce that I will not seek re-election in the next council elections due to the disgraceful decision by the council to ban my wife and I to adopt because of my role as a councillor.”

The Council say “There are no rules or regulations that cover councillors applying to adopt. They have the same opportunities and rights as another applicant which includes, if they wish, applying to any authority of their choice. They would be subject to the same prioritisation, processes and expectations as any other applicant”.

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