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Ribble Valley Tory group chief in shock resignation

Lancashire Telegraph: Wife Janette and Coun Michael Ranson Wife Janette and Coun Michael Ranson

THE chairman of the Ribble Valley Conservative Association has resigned with immediate effect.

Coun Michael Ranson, who was elected for a third and final year as chairman recently, informed members of his decision on Friday but has not formerly given a reason.

Currently the borough’s mayor, Coun Ranson was leader of Ribble Valley Council from 2007 to 2013.

Party members say he has relinquished his role to concentrate on mayoral duties.

His deputy, Coun Simon Hore, has been made the interim chairman, with Coun Ged Mirfin stepping up to be his deputy.

An extraordinary AGM will be organised to elect a permanent chairman.

Despite multiple attempts, Coun Ranson didn’t answer the Lancashire Telegraph’s calls.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans said: “I’m grateful for all of the support that he has given me. I wish him well in his year as Ribble Valley Mayor.” Mr Evans has confirmed Coun Ranson would not act as his election agent if he is re-selected for the 2015 election.

Stuart Hirst, Coun Ranson’s successor as council leader, said: “I’m greatly saddened to hear the news of his resignation. He has been very dedicated and hard working as chairman.”

Former chairman Coun Ken Hind, speaking on behalf of the association, said: “We all recognise that facing a parliamentary election and re-election of borough councillors on two councils involved in finding and fielding 60 candidates all in one year is an onerous duty alone and Michael has also the responsibilities of Mayor of the Ribble Valley.

"We all recognise that doing both jobs places huge demands in terms of time upon one person and respect his desire to be first citizen of the borough and perform the role to the full.

“We wish him well in his year as mayor.”

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3:08pm Tue 24 Jun 14

paperboy70 says...

Might have something to do with the story in today's Daily Mail!!
Might have something to do with the story in today's Daily Mail!! paperboy70
  • Score: 29

3:13pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Bat E Karen says...

Think you might be right paperboy70
Think you might be right paperboy70 Bat E Karen
  • Score: 25

4:39pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Izanears says...

Bat E Karen wrote:
Think you might be right paperboy70
Add me to the list Paperboy and Karen
[quote][p][bold]Bat E Karen[/bold] wrote: Think you might be right paperboy70[/p][/quote]Add me to the list Paperboy and Karen Izanears
  • Score: 24

4:51pm Tue 24 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Izanears wrote:
Bat E Karen wrote:
Think you might be right paperboy70
Add me to the list Paperboy and Karen
And me
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bat E Karen[/bold] wrote: Think you might be right paperboy70[/p][/quote]Add me to the list Paperboy and Karen[/p][/quote]And me ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 24

7:21pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Legal Beagle says...

And the idiots at the DM have really cocked up (so to speak), as above the caption "Mr Evans, pictured here on the Commons terrace, has been criticised in his Ribble Valley constituency over his lifestyle in Parliament" is a picture of ... Michael Ranson!

Priceless.
And the idiots at the DM have really cocked up (so to speak), as above the caption "Mr Evans, pictured here on the Commons terrace, has been criticised in his Ribble Valley constituency over his lifestyle in Parliament" is a picture of ... Michael Ranson! Priceless. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 18

7:36pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Plot to oust Nigel Evans from seat over his gay marriage hope: Tory MP accuses grassroots activists of 'homophobia' over bid to deselect him

Mr Evans facing constituency campaign to deselect him ahead of election
Former Commons speaker says there is a 'whiff of homophobia' in revolt
Evans was cleared of string of sexual assaults by Preston Crown Court
But allegations of heavy drinking and gay sex at trial sparked unhappiness

By John Stevens

Read more: http://www.dailymail
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Plot to oust Nigel Evans from seat over his gay marriage hope: Tory MP accuses grassroots activists of 'homophobia' over bid to deselect him Mr Evans facing constituency campaign to deselect him ahead of election Former Commons speaker says there is a 'whiff of homophobia' in revolt Evans was cleared of string of sexual assaults by Preston Crown Court But allegations of heavy drinking and gay sex at trial sparked unhappiness By John Stevens Read more: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2665846/Top-Tory-acc uses-party-activists -homophobia-grassroo ts-bid-unseat-cleare d-rape-sexual-assaul t.html#ixzz35aDTyGin Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 24

8:34am Wed 25 Jun 14

shytalk says...

The sooner the country is rid of these corrupt tory maggots the better
The sooner the country is rid of these corrupt tory maggots the better shytalk
  • Score: 21

10:36am Wed 25 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Well done LT for great investigative reporting.
Other nationals have the real story here.
Well done LT for great investigative reporting. Other nationals have the real story here. vicn1956
  • Score: 19

2:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.
I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 20

3:50pm Wed 25 Jun 14

midas says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.
Any evidence that Nigel Evans is a jumped up posh kid?
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.[/p][/quote]Any evidence that Nigel Evans is a jumped up posh kid? midas
  • Score: -15

3:50pm Wed 25 Jun 14

midas says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.
Any evidence that Nigel Evans is a jumped up posh kid?
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.[/p][/quote]Any evidence that Nigel Evans is a jumped up posh kid? midas
  • Score: -18

4:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

midas wrote:
Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.
Any evidence that Nigel Evans is a jumped up posh kid?
I'm referring to the Etonian cabinet and Nick Boles, who wants to carve up our communities and countryside, just so his builder/ land owner friends can make a packet. Evan's has done sweet father Abrahams to support his constituents. He's often too busy propping up the bar, to respond to letters from local people with genuine concerns. What is also surprising is that his expenses bill is around the same as Jack Straw's, who has more staff and much larger diverse constituency to look after.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.[/p][/quote]Any evidence that Nigel Evans is a jumped up posh kid?[/p][/quote]I'm referring to the Etonian cabinet and Nick Boles, who wants to carve up our communities and countryside, just so his builder/ land owner friends can make a packet. Evan's has done sweet father Abrahams to support his constituents. He's often too busy propping up the bar, to respond to letters from local people with genuine concerns. What is also surprising is that his expenses bill is around the same as Jack Straw's, who has more staff and much larger diverse constituency to look after. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 18

8:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.
I had you down as a pretty inteligent person UKIP that bunch of Fascists why punch your self in the mouth as a protest vote?
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.[/p][/quote]I had you down as a pretty inteligent person UKIP that bunch of Fascists why punch your self in the mouth as a protest vote? Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: -3

9:39pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
Birtrumthegreat wrote:
I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.
I had you down as a pretty inteligent person UKIP that bunch of Fascists why punch your self in the mouth as a protest vote?
What other option do you have in the RV ? I believe we should have sovereignty of our own Islands. I have to deal with ridiculous European red tape everyday. Europe should be a free trade zone, nothing more.
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: I was a Tory voter until recently, I think we have been well and truly reamed by this corrupt bunch of jumped up posh kids, who are only interested in lining their own pockets, at our expense. I hope the constituents of the Ribble Valley wake up and stop automatically voting for a pig wearing a blue rosette. UKIP all the way now.[/p][/quote]I had you down as a pretty inteligent person UKIP that bunch of Fascists why punch your self in the mouth as a protest vote?[/p][/quote]What other option do you have in the RV ? I believe we should have sovereignty of our own Islands. I have to deal with ridiculous European red tape everyday. Europe should be a free trade zone, nothing more. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 6

9:27pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I bet this is a bit like how Hitler came to power.
I bet this is a bit like how Hitler came to power. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 0
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