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Ipswich: Former leader Dale Jackson on the comeback trail as he is selected as UKIP candidate ahead of borough council elections

07:52 24 April 2014

Dale Jackson

Dale Jackson

Controversial former Tory council leader Dale Jackson is attempting to make a comeback in this year’s borough elections in his old ward – for UKIP.

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Mr Jackson, who left the council after falling out with his Conservative colleagues, has been selected as UKIP candidate for Castle Hill ward.

It is a seat that his new party is targeting – the party’s James Crossley won the Whitton and Whitehouse county council division last year and that includes part of Castle Hill.

Mr Jackson will be up against former Conservative leader Chris Stewart who stood down earlier this year after a split in his group during the borough’s budget debate.

The Castle Hill ward will now be a key battleground – with Mr Jackson well known in the area.

He was Conservative leader in 2004 when the party took control of the borough in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, but stepped down as council leader after he became subject of a Standards’ Board investigation into claims that he had sent an inappropriate letter to the teenage daughter of a fellow Conservative councillor.

He was cleared of wrong-doing, but the group did not allow him to return as leader. After that he fell out with other Conservatives, and ended up sitting as an independent councillor.

Mr Jackson has since made other attempts to return to the authority as an independent – but has never gained a significant number of votes. That could change with his endorsement by UKIP.

He is also a former Conservative county councillor – and at one point he attracted controversy after revealing that he had taken part in Orange Parades during visits to Ulster.

Mr Crossley, who is helping to organise the UKIP campaign in Ipswich, said the party was aware of Mr Jackson’s colourful past.

The party is hoping to field 15 candidates in the 17 borough council elections being held this year.

Mr Stewart was relaxed about Mr Jackson’s intervention in the election: “I do not think it makes any difference to what will happen.

“He is known in the area, but he has stood against (current group leader) Liz Harsant in the past and didn’t do very well then.”

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11 comments

  • I am Chris Ward - I copied the previous entry as my original entry was not published by the moderator. It was a stronger version of blue&whites of which I totally agree with...sorry for any confusion caused...also, very well said bigger niche. Don't vote for a career politician...

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    Chris Ward

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Esco Fiasco has the measure of this chancer. Jackson hardly need bother to unpack his union flag and Enoch Powell poster as these UKIP jokers seem to get suspended as soon as they utter what they are really thinking. We don't want them here, and they aren't wanted in Europe either, despite what Marine Le Pen might say.

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    bigger niche

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I will be voting for these guys. It's great to finally have a party for the people. Caring for us instead of wasting money abroad, or allowing gangs in to commit crime. There leader also has a pair.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • I am not "Chris Ward", have no idea who he is, or why he has copied my entry.

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    blue&white

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Yet again, we have duplicate comments posted in two different names.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Chris Ward or is it blue &white....I can think of a few M.P's recently with questionable principles...Maria Miller, Chris Huhne, Denis Mcshane, David Laws.etc.A few more could go under the microscope too.

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    waspie

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • This character clearly has no principles at all, looks like he will sell his services to any party as long as it allows him to remain on the political gravy train somehow. And it says a lot about UKIP how they will apparently take on anyone as a candidate, no matter what their past or their reputation may be.

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    Chris Ward

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • This character clearly has no principles at all, looks like he will sell his services to any party as long as it allows him to remain on the political gravy train somehow. And it says a lot about UKIP how they will apparently take on anyone as a candidate, no matter what their past or their reputation may be.

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    blue&white

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Wont be getting my vote, im told they will make fox hunting legal again.

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    2plus2equals5

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Where they should fall down is on policies. Have you read their manifestos? Boggle-eyed lunacy, how anyone can vote for these hypocrites is beyond me.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • That's where UKIP will fall down, by having the waif and strays of the other parties cast offs, a bit like when Keane was manager and brought in half of the Sunderland has beens with him.

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    Tedbundy

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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