A while ago I had a brush with a local (Ish -Ed) Tory, whose Twitter activity displayed all the hallmarks of a troll. Attacks out of nowhere? Check. Aversion to facts? Check. Blocked me when I wouldn’t be intimidated? Check.
Despite deciding that poverty and homelessness (Made worse by the policies of the Conservative government -Ed) was spoiling his idyllic seaside holiday home and threatening to move to Leigh, Gavin Chambers had threatened to make a special effort to campaign against me in Blenheim Park. Like the rest of his party, I’ve seen barely anything of him, so it looks like it was an empty threat.
Except, a little bird brings me news that it could be that Mr Chambers is busy standing for election himself, in two different countries…
Now, I knew that Gavin was a councillor in Epping Forest. Actually, it was my pointing that out last year, when he appeared on a leaflet for Cllr Jonathan Garston (CON – Milton) as a local resident waxing lyrical about what a wonderful councillor he was, that first stoked Gavin’s dislike of me.
Entirely reasonably, Gaving is standing for re-election this year in his ward of Buckhurst Hill West. He’s on the ballot paper there, under an address in Loughton, Essex:
All fine so far. But one of my little birds has directed me to, of all things, the list of candidates on the South East Wales Regional List for the Welsh Assembly. And there, under the Welsh Conservatives, is a familiar name:
It could be another Gavin Chambers, but my sources are adamant it’s the same person, and it seems to fit as his Twitter bio until very recently identified him as a Welsh Assembly candidate..
So how do voters in South East Wales feel about the Tories shipping in candidates from Essex? And more to the point, how do voters in Buckhurst Hill West feel about their councillor spending so much of his time focused on an election in another country?