Wednesday, 1 May 2013
EXCLUSIVE: JONATHAN AITKEN ON DISGRACED EX-COUNCIL LEADER
Former Thanet MP Jonathan Aitken says Thanet will not accept disgraced ex-council leader Sandy Ezekiel back in public life.
Speaking exclusively to Thanet Watch magazine, controversial ex-government minister Aitken said: The people of Thanet are forgiving but not that forgiving.
In 2004 members of Thanets Conservative Party proposed asking Aitken to return as their candidate for the 2005 elections, but were overruled by the then party boss, Michael Howard.
Aitken also offered his advice to Ezekiel, who earlier this year was imprisoned for 18 months for misconduct in public office. In particular he says that coming out of prison is more difficult than going into prison.
In 1999 Aitken was, like Ezekiel, sentenced to 18 months in prison. His conviction was for perjury and perverting the course of justice.
Aitken and Ezekiel were sent to the same prison, Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey.
Thanet Watch is a non-for-profit monthly magazine which has been called the Private Eye of Thanet. It regularly carries articles about cases of corruption in the area, as well as full entertainments listings and items written by local people.
THANET WATCH magazine is available in newsagents across Thanet. For more information ring 07989 070843