Chairman of Thornaby Labour resigns from the party

Terry Chapman, previously Murphy, in his days as Labour councillor

Terry Chapman, previously Murphy, in his days as Labour councillor

First published in News

THE suspended chairman of Thornaby Labour Party has resigned from the party after criticising Labour-dominated Stockton Borough Council's attitude to Thornaby.

Terry Chapman, who was Labour councillor for Yarm, has also been involved in disputes with the party's parliamentary candidate for Stockton South, Louise Baldock.

Mr Chapman, who changed his name from Murphy after his recent marriage, had criticised Labour for choosing its candidate from an all-women shortlist after hoping to be selected himself.

He was under investigation by the party following a number of online rows with members of his the party, which he described as “a witch hunt.”

In a long resignation letter, sent to The Northern Echo, Mr Chapman, who joined Labour in 1983, said: “I was left speechless when Stockton council turned down plans to build a hotel in Thornaby on the basis of their concerns about the potential impact on the regeneration of Stockton High Street. Then Stockton councillors identified two potential gypsy sites in Thornaby.

“If campaigning for one’s community against the decisions of a council, whether that council is red, blue or somewhere in between, is not allowed by the Party then I cannot be part of it. The Stalinist control freaks really have taken over the asylum.”

However, Ms Baldock said she had never known Stockton Labour Party, north and south, so united in 22 years.

She was disappointed Mr Chapman’s resignation meant the investigation couldn’t be completed, and added: “We have zero interest in fighting each other and Terry’s resignation will draw a line under any lingering unpleasantness.”

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7:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

TerryFBH says...

Thank you so much for using the picture - it clearly wasn't taken last week..... :-)

(Actually it was taken when I was a Stockton Councillor for Yarm in the late 1990s - one of my roles included responsibility for the Newport Bridge - so I decided to undertake a consultation exercise with the public as to what colour was preferred - hence the green colour it is today)

Thanks again :-)
Thank you so much for using the picture - it clearly wasn't taken last week..... :-) (Actually it was taken when I was a Stockton Councillor for Yarm in the late 1990s - one of my roles included responsibility for the Newport Bridge - so I decided to undertake a consultation exercise with the public as to what colour was preferred - hence the green colour it is today) Thanks again :-) TerryFBH
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8:19pm Wed 16 Jul 14

behonest says...

Ms Baldock says she has not known Stockton Labour so united for 22 years.
This close to a general election she's hardly likely to say anything else! If this is united, I wonder what divided is?
And wasn't she in Liverpool for much of that time anyway?
I agree with Terry that the best candidate should have been chosen for this likely Labour seat, not an all-female short list.
Ms Baldock says she has not known Stockton Labour so united for 22 years. This close to a general election she's hardly likely to say anything else! If this is united, I wonder what divided is? And wasn't she in Liverpool for much of that time anyway? I agree with Terry that the best candidate should have been chosen for this likely Labour seat, not an all-female short list. behonest
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9:18pm Wed 16 Jul 14

ad lucem says...

Mr Chapman may have been left "speechless" by the refusal of the hotel on the old Springs site but his judgement has proved to be flawed. The proposed Barker & Stonehouse furniture store is much to be preferred. One hopes that at least Mr Chapman won't do what James Wharton did....criticise the council's planning committee for rejecting the hotel application then having the brass neck to claim credit for B&S moving there. Election next year and a drowning man clutching at straws comes to mind.
Mr Chapman may have been left "speechless" by the refusal of the hotel on the old Springs site but his judgement has proved to be flawed. The proposed Barker & Stonehouse furniture store is much to be preferred. One hopes that at least Mr Chapman won't do what James Wharton did....criticise the council's planning committee for rejecting the hotel application then having the brass neck to claim credit for B&S moving there. Election next year and a drowning man clutching at straws comes to mind. ad lucem
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10:10pm Wed 16 Jul 14

TerryFBH says...

Sorry adjucem but you either dont understand the planning process or you know something that I dont know.

Planning is not a choice. Between a hotel or a furniture store. Each application is (should be) judged on its merits.

The site was derelict for years. An application for a hotel was rejected by Stockton Councillors because they were concerned about the potentisl impact on Stockton High Street. Not only insulting Thornaby but assuming Stockton is in a bubble of its own. Shocking.

The fact thst an even better scheme hss fortunately came along is great. But it does not detract from the incredulous reasons for rejecting the hotel many months before the furniture store scheme wss known about.

Unless thst scheme was known about and the hotel rejected with such knowledge. In which case a serious breach of planning law would have happened .

Having witnessed Stocton's planning committee and witnesed the majority Labour Councilors all vote the same way and not even listen to tge debate or public representations, nothing woukd suprise me.
Sorry adjucem but you either dont understand the planning process or you know something that I dont know. Planning is not a choice. Between a hotel or a furniture store. Each application is (should be) judged on its merits. The site was derelict for years. An application for a hotel was rejected by Stockton Councillors because they were concerned about the potentisl impact on Stockton High Street. Not only insulting Thornaby but assuming Stockton is in a bubble of its own. Shocking. The fact thst an even better scheme hss fortunately came along is great. But it does not detract from the incredulous reasons for rejecting the hotel many months before the furniture store scheme wss known about. Unless thst scheme was known about and the hotel rejected with such knowledge. In which case a serious breach of planning law would have happened . Having witnessed Stocton's planning committee and witnesed the majority Labour Councilors all vote the same way and not even listen to tge debate or public representations, nothing woukd suprise me. TerryFBH
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9:49pm Thu 17 Jul 14

spragger says...

If this guy has fell out with the hapless Louise, that puts him on par with about half of Stockton

Louise is another imposed, carpetbagging person who the NE needs like a hole in the head. A bit like 'nettle sucker' Helen Goodman who appears in other news today.

Stockton & the Boro have suffered needlessly from these Labour fiefdoms and biased selection processes
If this guy has fell out with the hapless Louise, that puts him on par with about half of Stockton Louise is another imposed, carpetbagging person who the NE needs like a hole in the head. A bit like 'nettle sucker' Helen Goodman who appears in other news today. Stockton & the Boro have suffered needlessly from these Labour fiefdoms and biased selection processes spragger
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