Friday, 10 July 2009


A formal complaint has been made to Thanet Council Standards Committee that I have failed to treat Birchington parish councillor John Worrow with sufficient respect.
I have never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Worrow.
So what have I done to the honourable member of Birchington Parish Council?

I have mentioned him in this article

The exact words referring to John Worrow are:

“The motion was carried by a majority of the committee although Cllr. Latchford (pictured at the bottom) and Birchington Parish Councillor John Worrow didn't support the motion. Parish Councillor Worrow who seems to be shadowing Cllr. Latchford at all public events, watched carefully to see his Thanet District Council representative's reaction before voting. Dressed in a very similar fashion to Roger Latchford, he appeared to some to be a "mini-me" of his mentor.”

This is where I need your help. I am of an age that remembers Shaw Taylor (pictured at the top) and Police 5. So in that style I need to ask have you ever seen these two men together? Think back, what were you doing on the evening of Friday 26th June? Did you see these two men seen at Manston Airport at the Consultation meeting? Or were my correspondents making it up?

Were they wearing certain items of clothing to go about their business? Perhaps you might have pictures of them? Were they stylistically similar? Or were my correspondents making it up when suggesting they were a pair of smart casuals?

Now concentrate hard, if you were at the scene of the “crime” against John Worrow (pictured in the smallest photo). This is very important. When voting on whether to report Paul Carter to Kent County Council Standards Committee who put their arm up first? Whose arm went up second? Was there a leader of the gang undertaking this joint enterprise?

These I think are the key points I will need to address in defending Cllr. Worrow’s allegations, and safeguarding the honour of my esteemed helpers. If you can give any help as a witness to the events of Friday 26th June, and the subsequent suggested loss of face of John Worrow, please get in touch.
And if you see these two men together, report it as soon as you possibly can, as Shaw would say:
Keep em Peeled!
UPDATE 22.7.09 I have received written confirmation that John Worrow has withdrawn his complaint.


  1. Mr Worrow, formerly of the Grey Party at the last election, formerly ,,,,, anyone who would have him, sees himself as a successor to Cllr Latchford who has promised to retire at the next election. (Oh residents of Birchington North - do not be conned again.) Anyhow, Mr Worrow wishes to make a name for himself in anyway he can - as the saying goes - there is no such thing as bad publicity!

  2. "I'd do anything, for you love, anything" Worrow? So keen to become a Tory candidate in 2011, Worrow?
    No never heard of him, guv.

  3. Well, Cllr. Nottingham I was at that meeting and can verify everything your correspondent wrote. I didn't catch sight of you so I assume you have an anonymous source as your reporter.

    Parish Councillor Worrow needs to realise that one thing you need in politics is a thick skin so if he hasn't got one, forget it, mate. there's worse to come if/when you get elected and it won't just be from the opposition.

    Stay home Cllr. Worrow a bit more and let the grown-ups play politics. I personally can't see what Parish Councillor Worrow's problem is, Mark. So, he took a bit of guidance from an experienced politico because perhaps he wasn't sure of procedure? So what?

  4. here's what I remember. Latchford, the male TDC person sitting to his right, and the KCC observer voted first. The female TDC person sitting to Latchford's left put up her hand a little later. (My apologies to the two TDC people - I didn't get your name in the introduction round). It was only after the KIACC Chairman had explained to the TDC group that they didn't have three votes, and to the KCC observer that he didn't have a vote at all, that the man I now know to be John Worrow put up his hand. He was certainly the last to express his view.

    As to what everyone was wearing, I have no idea - sorry!

  5. Hmmmmmmmm bless his little cotton socks

  6. Actually, if we're going down the "disrespect" path, wasn't it one Mr Worrow who interrupted Steve Higgins when he was speaking and started shouting at him something along the lines of "well, what's your idea then? What would you do with it? What would you do with it, then?" in a most unstatesmanlike way?

  7. Indeed it was Parish Councillor Worrow who interjected while Steve Higgins was speaking but he did sit back slightly shame-faced when Steve Higgins replied that he wasn't an elected councillor and it was the council's job, not his as a member of the public to find solutions to Thanet's problems. Followed by a round of applause from the audience. No further comments from Mr. Worrow after that. I thought Mr. Worrow sat back looking quite deflated at the quick riposte of Steve Higgins.

  8. Plenty more would be candidates who are as likely to make such gaffes Mark, let them get elected and the tories shoot themselves - you'll be running TDC then!