Conservative Nick Buckmaster has been de-selected from party ahead of May elections

Gun charge Tory councillor will not stand in election

Gun charge Tory councillor will not stand in election

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A Conservative councillor accused of threatening a neighbour with an imitation firearm will not stand in the up-and-coming local elections, his party has confirmed.

Nick Buckmaster, 50, of Mount Echo Drive in Chingford had the whip suspended at the beginning of the year following the incident in Janaury.

Unless he resigns, Mr Buckmaster will remain a Chingford councillor up until the elections on May 22.   

Conservative group leader Matt Davis said: "Nick Buckmaster will not be standing in May's elections.

"The decision was taken collectively by the party ealier this year and this is something any party would do in these circumstances."

A new Conservative candidate for Larkswood ward has been approved to replace Mr Buckmaster by the local government committee and ward committee.  

Millie Balkan, 22, of Chingford, is a full-time barrister's clerk in the City of London.

It is understood Ms Balkan is the youngest candidate of all three main political parties in Waltham Forest.  

Ms Balkan was chosen ahead of several other hopefuls at last month's selection meeting.

Mr Buckmaster was arrested by armed police and charged on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.

He is accused of threatening Brett Stark with the weapon in College Gardens, Chingford, on January 18.

He is due to enter a plea on April 17 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

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5:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is devastating news, what will the con students do without him.
This is devastating news, what will the con students do without him. Villagecranberry
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5:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

sensibility says...

so much for innocent until proven guilty then
so much for innocent until proven guilty then sensibility
  • Score: 7

5:28pm Wed 12 Mar 14

sensibility says...

Interesting.

What does Cllr Nick Buckmaster have to say?

Why has the party made the decision? Is there anything preventing him from standing for election?

Perhaps a better explanation is needed otherwise some will just think that "innocent until proven guilty" has gone completely out of the window.
Interesting. What does Cllr Nick Buckmaster have to say? Why has the party made the decision? Is there anything preventing him from standing for election? Perhaps a better explanation is needed otherwise some will just think that "innocent until proven guilty" has gone completely out of the window. sensibility
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Garrow says...

This is another non-story, there is virtually no information, when the Tory group leader says "this decision was taken collectively" what does that mean? Was Mr Buckmaster a part of that decision? However, when it comes to illegal activity, scandals and general wrongdoing the Conservatives are long way behind their Labour counterparts, funny that, the one thing Labour are better at, they keep quiet about.
This is another non-story, there is virtually no information, when the Tory group leader says "this decision was taken collectively" what does that mean? Was Mr Buckmaster a part of that decision? However, when it comes to illegal activity, scandals and general wrongdoing the Conservatives are long way behind their Labour counterparts, funny that, the one thing Labour are better at, they keep quiet about. Garrow
  • Score: 4

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