Councillors excluded from Merton mayor Krystal Miller's charity ball

Wimbledon Guardian: Excluded: Councillor Suzanne Evans Excluded: Councillor Suzanne Evans

Two councillors have been excluded from a charity ball held by the mayor of Merton after alleged bad behaviour at previous events, something which is denied.

UKIP Councillors Richard Hilton and Suzanne Evans were informed of the mayor’s decision by Merton Council chief executive Ged Curran.

The annual event is a chance for the mayor Councillor Krystal Miller to raise money for her chosen charities.

Coun Miller said: "There are reasons that relate to their behaviour at previous events.

"It is the mayor’s event and at the mayor’s discretion who they invite.

"Rod and Linda Scott will be invited, it is about two individuals."

Coun Evans reacted angrily to the news.

She said: "Richard and I have been every year for the last three years.

"She has got no right to do this.

"It is not her personal party, it is a civic event that is supported and organised by council staff - she doesn’t have any right to exclude councillors.

"The only thing we have done at past mayor’s balls is spend in excess of £1,000 for charity."

An email sent by Mr Curran to Coun Evans said: "To clarify, the mayor has decided not to extend invitations to you or Coun Hilton. She will be sending invitations to all other councillors."

Coun Hilton was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

The annual event aims to raise money for the mayor’s chosen charities- the Polka Theatre and Home-Start Merton.

It will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon.


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8:17pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Mordenman says...

I like our Mayor more and more. I can't think of anything worse than being stuck in a room with those two pathetic, petulant little Englanders. I hope everyone has a great ball without them
I like our Mayor more and more. I can't think of anything worse than being stuck in a room with those two pathetic, petulant little Englanders. I hope everyone has a great ball without them Mordenman
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9:56am Thu 20 Mar 14

markgale says...

Has the Guardian got a shortage of inverted commas? Why are 5 missing from the copy?
Has the Guardian got a shortage of inverted commas? Why are 5 missing from the copy? markgale
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5:14pm Thu 20 Mar 14

PopulistAllianceParty says...

I'd like to see the following enshrined in law:

Equal and free access to justice.
Freedom of speech and publication and distribution of printed matter.
Freedom of access to publicly owned assembly facilities.
Freedom of assembly and association for a lawful purpose
The right to vote and stand for election for public office without onerous financial or other qualifications.
Freedom of access to the media.
Freedom from arbitrary arrest.
Freedom to belong or not belong to a Trade Union or employers’ association
The right to choose one's own associates at home, at work and on social occasions.
The right of adults to lead their lawful private lives without invasions of their privacy by the media or the authorities.
Freedom from arbitrary dismissal from employment.
The Right to presumption of innocence until proven guilty
The Right to trial by jury and legal representation
The Right to be selected for employment on grounds of merit only.
The Right to use imperial weights and measures
Taken from the website: http://www.popularal
liance.org/

I certainly think that all elected representatives are entitled to attend any events that are organised in the name of the Council they represent and if they are paid for by public money. Unless they have a police caution for disorderly behaviour, this must count as a political ban, and incompatible with a properly functioning democracy. If the event is paid for by the Mayor, and independent from the council then the invitees are indeed at the Mayor's discretion...
I'd like to see the following enshrined in law: Equal and free access to justice. Freedom of speech and publication and distribution of printed matter. Freedom of access to publicly owned assembly facilities. Freedom of assembly and association for a lawful purpose The right to vote and stand for election for public office without onerous financial or other qualifications. Freedom of access to the media. Freedom from arbitrary arrest. Freedom to belong or not belong to a Trade Union or employers’ association The right to choose one's own associates at home, at work and on social occasions. The right of adults to lead their lawful private lives without invasions of their privacy by the media or the authorities. Freedom from arbitrary dismissal from employment. The Right to presumption of innocence until proven guilty The Right to trial by jury and legal representation The Right to be selected for employment on grounds of merit only. The Right to use imperial weights and measures Taken from the website: http://www.popularal liance.org/ I certainly think that all elected representatives are entitled to attend any events that are organised in the name of the Council they represent and if they are paid for by public money. Unless they have a police caution for disorderly behaviour, this must count as a political ban, and incompatible with a properly functioning democracy. If the event is paid for by the Mayor, and independent from the council then the invitees are indeed at the Mayor's discretion... PopulistAllianceParty
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8:26pm Thu 20 Mar 14

UKIP Merton says...

Has Councillor Krystal been on the meth or taken a leaf out of Vladimir Putin’s playbook?

I think the job description was Mayor, not supreme ruler of some former Soviet state. She should try and remember that Merton is a democracy and it’s the voters who decide who is a Councillor and therefore, who can expect an invite as a representative of the people.

It may come as a shock to Krystal that we in UKIP are delighted to back local charity events. We are not all beer drinking bingo players!

After 22nd May, she could even find herself without a ticket to next year’s ball. So come on Krystal, do the decent thing and extend the invitation to Suzanne and Richard.
Has Councillor Krystal been on the meth or taken a leaf out of Vladimir Putin’s playbook? I think the job description was Mayor, not supreme ruler of some former Soviet state. She should try and remember that Merton is a democracy and it’s the voters who decide who is a Councillor and therefore, who can expect an invite as a representative of the people. It may come as a shock to Krystal that we in UKIP are delighted to back local charity events. We are not all beer drinking bingo players! After 22nd May, she could even find herself without a ticket to next year’s ball. So come on Krystal, do the decent thing and extend the invitation to Suzanne and Richard. UKIP Merton
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8:05pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Mordenman says...

UKIP Merton wrote:
Has Councillor Krystal been on the meth or taken a leaf out of Vladimir Putin’s playbook?

I think the job description was Mayor, not supreme ruler of some former Soviet state. She should try and remember that Merton is a democracy and it’s the voters who decide who is a Councillor and therefore, who can expect an invite as a representative of the people.

It may come as a shock to Krystal that we in UKIP are delighted to back local charity events. We are not all beer drinking bingo players!

After 22nd May, she could even find herself without a ticket to next year’s ball. So come on Krystal, do the decent thing and extend the invitation to Suzanne and Richard.
Er? UKIP reminding us about democracy? I don't recall either Suzanne Evans or Richard Hilton consulting their constituents to see if they wished to be represented by a lunatic fringe party. I can't wait until the 22nd to say adios to these two.
[quote][p][bold]UKIP Merton[/bold] wrote: Has Councillor Krystal been on the meth or taken a leaf out of Vladimir Putin’s playbook? I think the job description was Mayor, not supreme ruler of some former Soviet state. She should try and remember that Merton is a democracy and it’s the voters who decide who is a Councillor and therefore, who can expect an invite as a representative of the people. It may come as a shock to Krystal that we in UKIP are delighted to back local charity events. We are not all beer drinking bingo players! After 22nd May, she could even find herself without a ticket to next year’s ball. So come on Krystal, do the decent thing and extend the invitation to Suzanne and Richard.[/p][/quote]Er? UKIP reminding us about democracy? I don't recall either Suzanne Evans or Richard Hilton consulting their constituents to see if they wished to be represented by a lunatic fringe party. I can't wait until the 22nd to say adios to these two. Mordenman
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