Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Politics: UKIP candidate defends expenses claims

Council candidate David Ginley has defended claims about expenses on his election campaign leaflet.

It reads: “When I was the on the Council between 2006-10 I claimed no expenses, no travel allowance and no computer.”

The UKIP candidate for Illingworth and Mixenden ward’s expense record shows that between 2006 and 2010 he received a total £39,636 in basic allowance and £459 for travel and subsistence.

When asked for an explanation Mr Ginley he said: “I didn’t claim any expenses between 2006 and 2010.

“It doesn’t mean that I didn’t claim basic allowance - I claimed the basic allowance, but I didn’t claim travel and didn’t claim a council computer.

“I think on those occasions [when travel expenses were claimed] I was on the Fire Authority at the time.”

The expenses were confirmed by the Courier after concerns were raised by a number of Mr Ginley’s political rivals. A full breakdown of expenses follows:

2006/07 (May elections to end March) - basic £8409, travel and subsistence £278

2007/08 (full year) - basic £9670, travel and subsistence £116

2008/09 (full year) - basic £9960, travel and subsistence £39

2009/10 (full year) - basic £10,392, travel and subsistence £26

2010 (beginning April to May elections) - basic £1124

Mr Ginley is no stranger to controversy.

In 1993 Mr Ginley appeared in court after voting twice in a council election.

He was found guilty and was ordered to do 200 hours of community service plus costs.

Ginley claimed that as he paid poll tax on two properties he should be entitled to two votes.

In 2003 Mr Ginley appeared before Calderdale Magistrates and admitted two charges of forgery that arose from an unpaid plumbing bill - he was handed a 180 hour community order plus costs.

Mr Ginley was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of electoral fraud. He said that confusion had arose following the collection of proxy vote forms.In 2012 he was kicked out of the local Conservative Party following accusations of ‘unethical practices’ after he allegedly asked someone to stand as a ‘Liberal’ candidate to undermine the prospects of the Liberal Democrat candidate.

Mr Ginley is adamant that he has done nothing wrong, he said: “I didn’t claim expenses like most people do for attending every week, but when I was on business for the Fire Authority that’s what the expenses were for.”

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