Councillor who lives in Thailand ‘has quit’

Oxford Mail: Steve Hayward Steve Hayward

The DISTRICT councillor for Ducklington Steve Hayward has resigned, officials say.

He has been criticised for claiming he could still represent the area on West Oxfordshire District Council, despite living in Thailand since June last year.

Mr Hayward initially said he would resign earlier this month but later changed his mind.

The district council has revealed that he has now resigned, but Mr Hayward has not responded to the Oxford Mail’s request for a comment.

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9:48am Sat 22 Feb 14

Englishman says...

How many times have we heard this from this exile?
How many times have we heard this from this exile? Englishman
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10:18am Sat 22 Feb 14

mytaxes says...

I wish some of the city councillors would leave for Thailand, I would gladly pay some of their expenses to shut them up for a while. The city would probably run better without them.
I wish some of the city councillors would leave for Thailand, I would gladly pay some of their expenses to shut them up for a while. The city would probably run better without them. mytaxes
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11:12am Sat 22 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

Achully, 'mytaxes' many of Oxford's City Councillors don't live in the Wards which they represent - especially Labour councillors. And yet they seem to still be able to represent the people who do live in the Ward - and even more confusingly, manage to get re-elected, even if many of the voters tell you they can't stand the Councillor, and that he or she doesn't listen to them! Still, it can't be as bad as when the former Soviet Union rules the waves, when the central Party group chose all Candidates, then allowed the local branches to select their chosen Candidate, and the people to then freely vote for the person whom the Party wanted - wonder if that could ever work in Oxford?
Achully, 'mytaxes' many of Oxford's City Councillors don't live in the Wards which they represent - especially Labour councillors. And yet they seem to still be able to represent the people who do live in the Ward - and even more confusingly, manage to get re-elected, even if many of the voters tell you they can't stand the Councillor, and that he or she doesn't listen to them! Still, it can't be as bad as when the former Soviet Union rules the waves, when the central Party group chose all Candidates, then allowed the local branches to select their chosen Candidate, and the people to then freely vote for the person whom the Party wanted - wonder if that could ever work in Oxford? Myron Blatz
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10:42am Sun 23 Feb 14

jimm says...

Actually, Myron, councillors don't need to live in the wards they represent.

Beyond the requirement to be at least 18 and a UK, Commonwealth or EU citizen, they are:

1. They are registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which they wish to stand; or
2. They have occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day they are nominated; or
3. Their main or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the local authority area; or
4. They have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the previous 12 months.

But don't let boring old laws and facts get in the way of another of your diatribes, will you?
Actually, Myron, councillors don't need to live in the wards they represent. Beyond the requirement to be at least 18 and a UK, Commonwealth or EU citizen, they are: 1. They are registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which they wish to stand; or 2. They have occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day they are nominated; or 3. Their main or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the local authority area; or 4. They have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the previous 12 months. But don't let boring old laws and facts get in the way of another of your diatribes, will you? jimm
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1:04pm Sun 23 Feb 14

mytaxes says...

I agree Myron it would be much better if councillors lived in the ward they represented. I have two councillors one living in the ward and one not. I would settle for one councillor preferably living in my ward.
I agree Myron it would be much better if councillors lived in the ward they represented. I have two councillors one living in the ward and one not. I would settle for one councillor preferably living in my ward. mytaxes
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2:22pm Sun 23 Feb 14

docs says...

jimm wrote:
Actually, Myron, councillors don't need to live in the wards they represent.

Beyond the requirement to be at least 18 and a UK, Commonwealth or EU citizen, they are:

1. They are registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which they wish to stand; or
2. They have occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day they are nominated; or
3. Their main or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the local authority area; or
4. They have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the previous 12 months.

But don't let boring old laws and facts get in the way of another of your diatribes, will you?
Just because they are complying with the law doesn't mean that absentee councillors are actually representing the residents of their wards. They make a big noise every time there's an election. The rest of the time they might as well live on the moon. They represent themselves and their party interest. In many of Oxford's wards it seems as if a rock could stand as the Labour candidate and still get elected.
[quote][p][bold]jimm[/bold] wrote: Actually, Myron, councillors don't need to live in the wards they represent. Beyond the requirement to be at least 18 and a UK, Commonwealth or EU citizen, they are: 1. They are registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which they wish to stand; or 2. They have occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day they are nominated; or 3. Their main or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the local authority area; or 4. They have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the previous 12 months. But don't let boring old laws and facts get in the way of another of your diatribes, will you?[/p][/quote]Just because they are complying with the law doesn't mean that absentee councillors are actually representing the residents of their wards. They make a big noise every time there's an election. The rest of the time they might as well live on the moon. They represent themselves and their party interest. In many of Oxford's wards it seems as if a rock could stand as the Labour candidate and still get elected. docs
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