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Feb 21 2013

Where’s Willy? The Story Continues…

mans_headWhen West Harrow residents became concerned about the absence of their local councillor, Cllr William Stoodley, in the run up to the West Harrow by-election, they sent us a piece of light-hearted cartoonery based on the famous Where’s Wally? (or Where’s Waldo, if you’re American).

The Labour Group then followed up with a statement, which said “…serving residents involves a little more than high visibility.” Perhaps we – and those residents were wrong, and Willy had been busy all along, answering email, attending meetings, etc, etc. All the things that a busy councillor does.

Cast your mind back to our email experiment from last year, where we emailed a bunch of councillors. Did Willy bother to reply? Nope. Well, we didn’t receive any response, other than an auto-responder from his harrow.gov.uk email address, asking us to forward our email to another address, which we did. He says that he did reply, although we didn’t receive a reply.

So we then checked his attendance record at Council meetings:

In all his time as a councillor, he’s attended just 39 of the 70 meetings he was expected at, which is an attendance rate of 56%.

Most notable is his absence from the Planning Committee, where there’s a whole raft of apologies being sent: we counted 29 meetings, with him attending just 8: an attendance rate of 28%.

All this seems rather odd: we have a councillor who some residents say they haven’t seen, an attendance rate for council meetings barely over half, and yet, according to his register of interests entry, he’s unemployed.

[notice]Update: Cllr Stoodley has asked us to remove the picture we’d used of him – we’ve done so. He also asked us not to use the quote he’d given to that picture, and again, we’ve done so. We’ve also clarified the lack of response received to our email experiment: Cllr Stoodley says he responded, we didn’t receive anything. [/notice]

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  1. Cllr Stoodley

    Paul – u do NOT have my permission to use that picture of me or that copy-pasting of the comments. You also obtained them illegally by hacking into my faceboom account which privacy settings are set to friends only. I am reporting these acts to the police first thing tomorrow morning. Your full name is known; you wil be found; & I shall press charges. Have a nice evening.

  2. iharrow.com on Facebook

    Cllr Stoodley commented on iharrow.com:

    Paul – u do NOT have my permission to use that picture of me or that copy-pasting of the comments. You also obtained them illegally by hacking into my faceboom account which privacy settings are set to friends only. I am reporting these acts to the police first thing tomorrow morning. Your full name is known; you wil be found; & I shall press charges. Have a nice evening.

  3. Melanie

    Hey Stoodley! And my Dad’s bigger than your Dad! Where did you get a faceboom account?!? Your privacy settings are pathetic, my goldfish logged on! I don’t think that Paul is shaking in his boots, although “you will be found”, reads like a threat to me. Still like the rest of your party, when faced with the truth of your poor performance, you start hurling threats around like a two year old throwing his toys out of his pram. How about a little humility and, here’s a thought, pitch up to a council meeting now and again.

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    Melanie commented on iharrow.com:

    Hey Stoodley! And my Dad’s bigger than your Dad! Where did you get a faceboom account?!? Your privacy settings are pathetic, my goldfish logged on! I don’t think that Paul is shaking in his boots, although “you will be found”, reads like a threat to me. Still like the rest of your party, when faced with the truth of your poor performance, you start hurling threats around like a two year old throwing his toys out of his pram. How about a little humility and, here’s a thought, pitch up to a council meeting now and again.

  5. Morepowertothepeople

    Melanie you are hysterical Lol!
    Cllr Stoodley if you don’t want to court bad press then get on properly with the job in hand!

  6. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    i dont count this little tuppney hapeny website as “press”! & i think that after our massive 48% poll of the total votes cast in west harrow yesterday it seems that the good citizens of west harrow appear to feel that my labour party chums & i are doing what they want from us…

  7. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Dear readers what Paul ISN’T telling you is that I resent my emailed reply to his survey request to him so he could see that it went to several others who ALL received it and replied to me. Also what he isn’t telling you is that he used a DIFFERENT email! Paul – check your inbox for paul@iharrow.com I bet its been in there all this time…coz it never bounced back!

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