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    rightway wrote:
    chrisdemeanour wrote:
    freemantlegirl2 wrote:
    rightway wrote: Like or dislike him, the fact is he is a 72 year old man. If the roles, and ages were reversed there would be a public outcry with demands for his immediate prosecution and resignation, but because he is a man gracious enough to accept her apology the matter will be dropped. The police should investigate this assault with a view to prosecute. Although I have no doubt the one rule for one and another rule for others will apply. Her dismissal from holding any public office should be immediate, of course this will not happen, she is after all a Tory. Resignation is not a word Tories understand.
    I agree, but as they were 'friends' beforehand I think it may have been easier for there to be an apology rather than be some fracas in the courts. I hope she also offered to pay for his dental treatment! but the dignified thing would have been to resign and apologise to everyone including her party for her behaviour, which is clearly totally unacceptable!
    Why use this as a stick to beat up the "Tories" it gets so boring, what is your view of that nice gentleman John Prescott, he of the flying fists! he beat up a member of the electorate and got away with it!
    Was that the electorate member who attacted John Prescott "who was in his mid sixties" by throwing an egg at point blank range just to saddle up to his Tory masters.
    Nearly 40 years his junior and still got a slap from the pensioner.
    Prescott wasn't a pensioner in 2001 as he was 63 and the egg thrower was 29 so 'nearly 40 years his junior' is actually 34 years his junior."
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Tory Lymington councillor Penny Jackman slaps UKIP candidate Mike Beggs

First published in New Forest Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

A town hall by-election ended in violence when a 72-year-old candidate was slapped by a Conservative councillor.

UKIP member Mike Beggs was attending the count at Lymington Town Hall when he was struck by Tory Penny Jackman, a member of the district council and the New Forest National Park Authority.

Mr Beggs, of Lymington, said the blow broke the four-tooth bridge in his upper left jaw and had caused him sleepless nights.

Cllr Jackman took exception to Mr Beggs's election leaflets, which mentioned the controversial attempt by the town council to evict Lymington cricket Club from the town centre ground it has occupied for 175 years.

The leaflets cited one meeting at which Cllr Jackman clashed with the cricketers and told a fellow councillor: “Let's shut the buggers down.”

Mr Beggs said he was subjected to a “tirade” of abuse by Cllr Jackman at the count and was suddenly slapped in the face.

He added: “I have had a full apology from Cllr Jackman in which she is most apologetic. She has assured me it will not happen again.”

In a statement Cllr Jackman said: “I have known Mike Beggs for about 14 years since our children attended Hordle Walhampton School together plus various parties, clubs and other out-of-school gatherings over the years. I considered him a friend.

“I deeply regret the incident that occurred at the Lymington and Pennington Town Council by-election count.

“I apologised the following day and Mike was gracious enough to accept my apology. I have no further comment to make.”

The by-election, caused by the resignation of Jean Vernon-Jackson, was won by Conservative candidate Michael White.

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