Councillor in Thailand quits his role live on the airwaves

The Oxford Times: Steve Hayward Steve Hayward

A COUNCILLOR who continued to claim his council allowance despite moving to Thailand yesterday quit his post.

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Steve Hayward resigned live on air while being interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford.

On Wednesday, the Oxford Mail revealed he is still getting a £4,350 a year allowance despite moving to Thailand.

The Conservative said he could still represent his Ducklington ward despite living 8,500 miles away.

But after being asked to resign by the presenter and a listener who called in, Mr Hayward said: “I shall contact the officer straight away.

“I will forward it as soon as possible, but if I resign the people of Ducklington will not have a councillor.”

The former Mayor of Witney is involved in running two bars in Thailand.

He said he could still correspond with constituents by email and Skype and was prepared to come back to West Oxfordshire if needed at a meeting.

Since moving to Thailand Mr Hayward has attended one meeting – a cabinet meeting in November.

A council spokesman last night said the authority had received no official notification of his resignation from Mr Hayward.

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8:44am Thu 6 Feb 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Horrible seedy little man. Makes me glad to have resigned from the Party
Horrible seedy little man. Makes me glad to have resigned from the Party Lord Palmerstone

8:57am Thu 6 Feb 14

PDplum says...

When he ran Bee's Pool Club in Corn Street in the early 2000's i found him to be one of the nicest men i have ever come accross

A real loss for the area and the country in my opinion
When he ran Bee's Pool Club in Corn Street in the early 2000's i found him to be one of the nicest men i have ever come accross A real loss for the area and the country in my opinion PDplum

10:23am Thu 6 Feb 14

nat-obz says...

I am sure that when he looks back at his chairing of many planning meetings he will come to regret the support and drive he gave to the incinerator. Shame on him and his legacy.
I am sure that when he looks back at his chairing of many planning meetings he will come to regret the support and drive he gave to the incinerator. Shame on him and his legacy. nat-obz

1:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wendy25 says...

I wonder is this just one incident of many that the WODC council tax payer would like to know about?
I wonder is this just one incident of many that the WODC council tax payer would like to know about? wendy25

4:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Fred Chilvers says...

I've just listened to the BBC Radio Oxford interview with Steve Hayward. He tried to justify himself but ended up in a pathetic mess of of coherence. If he has any self-respect, he will resign immediately. The interviewer, Malcolm Boyden, asked a few simple questions and sat back as Hayward made an utter fool of himself.

It's almost beyond belief that the Conservatives group on WODC thought this man competent enough to chair a council committee.
I've just listened to the BBC Radio Oxford interview with Steve Hayward. He tried to justify himself but ended up in a pathetic mess of of coherence. If he has any self-respect, he will resign immediately. The interviewer, Malcolm Boyden, asked a few simple questions and sat back as Hayward made an utter fool of himself. It's almost beyond belief that the Conservatives group on WODC thought this man competent enough to chair a council committee. Fred Chilvers

4:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Fred Chilvers says...

Fred Chilvers wrote:
I've just listened to the BBC Radio Oxford interview with Steve Hayward. He tried to justify himself but ended up in a pathetic mess of of coherence. If he has any self-respect, he will resign immediately. The interviewer, Malcolm Boyden, asked a few simple questions and sat back as Hayward made an utter fool of himself.

It's almost beyond belief that the Conservatives group on WODC thought this man competent enough to chair a council committee.
Apologies - auto-correct kicked in and changed "incoherence" to "coherence" in my comment above. Anyone listening to the interview will know that not even Hayward's best friend could describe his performance as coherent!
[quote][p][bold]Fred Chilvers[/bold] wrote: I've just listened to the BBC Radio Oxford interview with Steve Hayward. He tried to justify himself but ended up in a pathetic mess of of coherence. If he has any self-respect, he will resign immediately. The interviewer, Malcolm Boyden, asked a few simple questions and sat back as Hayward made an utter fool of himself. It's almost beyond belief that the Conservatives group on WODC thought this man competent enough to chair a council committee.[/p][/quote]Apologies - auto-correct kicked in and changed "incoherence" to "coherence" in my comment above. Anyone listening to the interview will know that not even Hayward's best friend could describe his performance as coherent! Fred Chilvers

12:18am Sat 22 Feb 14

semi-detached layby says...

I would like to think that everything done by County Councillors is fair and above board. The behaviour of this councillor makes one stop and think and wonder.
I would like to think that everything done by County Councillors is fair and above board. The behaviour of this councillor makes one stop and think and wonder. semi-detached layby

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