‘Lack of loyalty’ Great Yarmouth councillor hits out after being dropped by Tory party

Norfolk County Council elections.
The Great Yarmouth election count at the town hall.
Jim Shrimplin

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Lucy Clapham lucy.clapham@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
4:08 PM

A long serving councillor said he was “considerably disappointed” to be dropped by his party ahead of the 2015 elections.

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Jim Shrimplin, who has stood on Great Yarmouth Borough Council for 36 years, also felt he had been treated with a “total lack of loyalty” by the town’s Conservative Association, after he was not re-selected to stand for the party in May.

Cllr Shrimplin was among a list of candidates keen to represent the Tories next year, but association chiefs said he did not make it through to the final round after interview.

The 80-year-old, who served as a Norfolk County Councillor for 16 years, said: “I have fought ten elections and won all of them. It’s disappointing and it shows, in my opinion, the lack of loyalty which I have always had for the party.”

Cllr Shrimplin represents the Ormesby ward where he lives, and said dozens of people had expressed “surprise and disgust” at the news.

Association chairman Jennifer Beesley said the party wanted to recruit younger and more active members to represent Yarmouth, but stressed Cllr Shrimplin’s age had nothing to do with him not being re-selected.

She said: “Jim did not get through to the next stage. As far as I’m concerned if you go for an interview for a job, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get it.

“There’s no age in this whatsoever, one of the candidates that’s got through is older than Jim.”

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34 comments

  • We are on a different edition to you Canary Boy but if this is another Tory Party inducement to join them then there is no problem with it although why anyone would want to get ten smackers knocked off the membership fee of £25 meaning a net payment to the tories of £15 would be most surprising. If it is some bloke telling members they will get ten quid if they vote for him he had better get ready to spend a long stretch peeling potatoes at HM pleasure. They have been trying to get more people to join the Tory party with very little success using every method they can think of. South Norfolk even had a person who is no longer with us as a branch chairman on their website. Don't know how she paid her dues.

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    alecto

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Alecto pg 39 todays edp points out the con men are buying votes in Dereham! According to Harry Clark a family fun day, open to all, is being held at Yaxham Waters Sunday and anyone who signs up to the con man group will have their £10.00 entry fee refunded. Is that allowed? Just remembered the name of the insipid little man it was Tony Tompkinson that SNCG decided to drop in favour of Janet Murphy

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Cllr Jeffries cast your mind back a couple of years to south norfolk con man group! Remember Jon Hurbert, and the insipid chap -never remember his name- who held Clavering, being side swiped in favour of Derek & Janet Mur.phy? The fact the Murp.hys didnt stand in the end, because Del Boy brought NCC and the con group in to disrespect with Kev.ingate, is neither here nor there. I agree not ideal but I understand the need to ensure no warning was leaked hense no pressure applied and no con man spin machine fully loaded and working against ukip.

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Watching Carswell being interviewed on Look East just now. Another car crash, glad that plank isn't my MP. Shame the UKIP party didn't have the decency to inform their own PPC either. He looked well chuffed at the prospect of being ousted.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I could have done without hearing the news as I was eating a sandwich! Screamed with happiness and nearly choked! Husband came running. Managed to tell him and he rushed off to look at his screen leaving me hacking away! Will blame Dougie when I see him!

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    alecto

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Thought you would be like a dog with 2 tails over this news Alecto I am waiting for Tony to tell us how it means nothing at all and Douglas is an irrellevant unpopular MP. We know different do we not?

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    Canary Boy

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Stunning news Canary boy. I am over the moon. Dougie Carswell is a brilliant bloke and a man of the people.

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    alecto

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • A politician with a conscience, how refreshing! Douglas Carswell MP has not only defected to UKIP but immediately stepped down from government to force an immediate by election in which he will stand for UKIP. Great to see that happen as too many politicians cross the floor without allowing their electorate the chance to back them or sack them. I have no doubt this highly popular politician, majority of over 12000 last election, will be re elected by the people he has represented so well todate.

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    Canary Boy

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Fantastic news that ukip have just announced they have their first MP Douglas Carswell has defected from the con men to ukip. Any comments Tony?

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    Canary Boy

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Tony cast your mind back to last May. Ukip made massive gains uk wide but especially in Yarmouth. If the norfolk con man strategy is to play on vote ukip get labour they have lost because that did not happen last year as proven by the number of kippers now sitting on councils uk wide. The norfolk con group are horrendously unpopular thanks to YOH, incinerator, coltishall and ndr plus the major handicap of the old boys, such as shrimplin, who have brought the group into disrepect the public do not trust people like Iffy, Borrett, Mackie, Spr.at, & co. By the way has the cllr from south norfolk, Gunson, who cannot hear walk or do anything other than Borrett tells him too been selected. All who attend county hall have seen Borrett tell him what to say and if he gets it wrong Borrett will say he meant whatever and get Gunson to agree a total disgrace using a man who is obviously to ill or old to be able to make his own mind up to vote how the group leader demands

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    Canary Boy

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Yes indeed Tony, a yes vote, very likely, will draw a clear line, what Cameron does will not necessarrily be supported by the Scots, especially when Cameron is eager to to take part in another middle east war. Its not going to be in there name, but in ours, whether we are being asked or not.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Alecto I think you will be surprised at the next general elections. The big factors will be the who-ha after the Scottish referendum with the possible loss of 10 to 20 labour seats and Tories afraid to vote UKIP because of the strong possibility of getting Labour. We will see.

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    Tony

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Canary Boy, this is possibly why the moderator has refused you posts. It looks like Daubney has accused councillor P Cousins of leaking to the press which Cousins fervently denies, in response he cites that on May 3rd 2012 Daubney himself leaked the result of a private and confidential group meeting to a reporter of this paper (EDP) and has tweet evidence. come on EDP the secret is out.

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    Norfolcia

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Andy T, look at the ben.efit frau.dster how much did he have to repay £17,000.00, seventeen thousand pounds, and that person got a cabinet position at NCC without a murmour. The shop.lifting caution, never taken to cou.rt and put to proof, was for £6.00, six pounds!!! One rule for conservative councillors and another for ukip? Not wise to raise the issue of dish.onesty with the blues still in office as some have massive skeletons in the cupboard just rattling their bones to climb out.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Andy T, look at the benefit fraudster how much did he have to repay £17,000.00, seventeen thousand pounds, and that person got a cabinet position at NCC without a murmour. The shoplifting caution, never taken to court and put to proof, was for £6.00, six pounds!!! One rule for conservative councillors and another for ukip? Not wise to raise the issue of dishonesty with the blues still in office as some have massive skeletons in the cupboard just rattling their bones to climb out.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • The post I put up concerning why P Cous.ns may have been expelled has been moderated all day! Presumably the Edp know more but dont want to revisit that particular can of worms. Those who followed the incinerator battle need to think back to 2012 when PC and ML tried to oust ND and BL.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • rovi... UKIP voted in perhaps, but they have to complete a few forms etc to stand in the first place... and I agree things come around and bite you... look at the shoplifter

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    Andy T

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Typical attitude of a career councillor. Bye bye Shrimplin and don't forget to shut the door on the way out. Councillors like him are the epitome of local politics.

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    wes1975

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Beesley wanted to select younger candidates but this was nothing to do with the 80 year old Shrimplin not being chosen? Pull the other one dear. What is going to happen in Yarmouth next year is that a big hitter from UKIP is going to be put forward and Yarmouth will be inundated with Kippers from all over the country to help. I know. I have been asked to put some of them up for the whole campaign. The Tories wont be able to raise three dogs and a pony to help and neither will Labour, Yarmouth will have a UKIP MP and the removal of the old clapped out parties from the Borough and County will continue apace. Last May's result in Yarmouth was the best in Great Britain for UKIP. No reason for that not to continue.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I wonder if they have got rid of him because of his stance, on the council, for the approval of the giveaway of land etc for the outer disaster, and maybe the tory associations have got wind that the 30 year rule is about to be revoked ?. Lets not forget, the tories run the council when the negotiations and the great council giveaway were being discussed and approved.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Well Ingo, you are a perceptive person, for information, North West Norfolk Councillor J Dobson was expelled from the County conservative group for working with the counties opposition groups, yet he was not removed from the conservative association where incidentally his colleague and former deputy N Daubney is on the ruling executive. The question is, what has councillor P Cousins done to be removed from the conservative group at the Borough and to be under further threat of removal from the North West Norfolk Conservative Association, is there a scandal looming? The silence from the Chairman and senior Conservatives is deafening no doubt because there is an election coming up next year.

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    Norfolcia

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Norfolica, you are not assuming anything untowards, are you? whatever it is they are obviously distancing themselves from him..... Thanks aslo to Canary boy for painting a prospect of activity next year, it will be an exciting time and I hope that all those who want to offer us an Independent candidate at the next set of elections, will start early. Don't forget the first action is to ask your local council when you can download their postal voting forms, a sure way of influencing voters these days. Make sure that nobody else is getting to these forms before you are allowed to.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • More good news on Cousins then. He has his reward for attempting, along with Lang.wade, to destabil.ise NWN Conservatives at an absolutely critical time in 2012-13. Lang.wade lost his county seat to ukip last year I do hope he has not been selected for borough next year but if he has he can be sure that ukip will put a strong candidate against him. All those tainted by the incinerator, failing to represent the people who had historically voted for them are finished.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • If you think the Conservatives in Yarmouth are in disarray then perhaps what is happening with the Conservatives in North West Norfolk may be of interest,. Sixty year old councillor Peter Cousins has been booted out of the Conservative group and it seems is in danger of being kicked out of the party, Why? presumably it is not ageism. Come on EDP, I am sure you may know the answer or have you been sworn to silence by the leader councillor Daubney?

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    Norfolcia

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Tony, presumably Adams, thinks old Jim a good egg??? Shrimplin was behind the first, unfounded, allegations against Matty Smith if my memory serves. Was he also the one that caused such an uproar over a historic caution a UKIP Thetford cllr received for allegedly shoplifting an item worth 6 pounds when he was bereaved, and on medication? How just was it when that cllr resigned due to the strain put on his family to be replaced in a by election by the excellent Terry Jermy! Bet old Jim didn't think that would happen but rather that a con man would be able to take the seat. I cant wait for May when we will see the repercussions from the YOH, Incinerator, RAF Coltishall and NDR scandals.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Hahh excellent news! Shrimplin knows all about loyalty to his group leader! He was one of the -chosen ones- acting as Murphys puppets on 29th June 2012 -sitting on the planning committee for the incinerator. He along with his other Gt Yarmouth cllrs dominated the make up of the committee, making sure that the application was approved regardless, and are responsible for us all losing 35 million to CW. I hope that the other questionable cllrs are also dropped Castle, Hanlon, Iles, Walker, labour but equally dreadful, and replaced by people who will put those who they represent first and their party loyalty second. Step forward UKIP wipe these awful people out of Norfolk government. Good to see John Cooper remind readers of this dreadful mans role in the YOH debarcle.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • The electorate at the County Council elections in 2013 demonstrated that they were tired of Cllr Shrimplin, and that may also help to explain why he has been deselected now. I cannot see why he is making a fuss. He is perfectly entitled to stand as an independent if he feels that he deserves to be re-elected.

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    Nemesis

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Well said BG. Wasn't it with 'great surprise and disgust' what these so called councillors did to the UKIP councillors who were voted in by us the electorate fairly! I'm a firm believer in what goes around comes around to bite ones backside!

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    rovi

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I have always found that he worked for the best of the borough and was not in the job just for himself.

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    Tony

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Well Jim is OUT not before time this chap was one of the lot that gave the Port of Great Yarmouth away and was in on the struggling Outer Harbour

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    John L Cooper

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • We are equally disappointed that the mindset of chosing candidates for us, being party hopefulls, or power hungry party politicians who can't not be in the picture, has not died out yet. Ageism is a large part of this shuffling, UKIP is the other reason.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • From "Triple hatter" to soon be "No hatter". Oh dear, what a shame, never mind. Now he will have more to spend with his family and conscience.

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    A M

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • If the party is looking for younger and more active councillors then the only reason Councillor Shrimplin is being sacked is because he is too old. But I think there is a more ulterior motive going on here. Certain councillors were ousted at the last election by UKIP and now the party is trying to find a safe seat for them in time for the next set of elections. But it might all be in vain. UKIP isn`t doing too bad a job and despite being rubbished at every opportunity by Labour and the Tories they may well oust more Councillors. UKIP as the majoirty party -who would have thought it. What next for Yarmouth a UKIP MP name of Nigel.

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    BG

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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