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    Torchie1 wrote:
    British asian wrote:
    This woman seems very arrogant and must think she above the law. How can she now sit on a council to make decisions on behalf of the people of Lymington when she has demonstrated that she has no self control. If she were on the licensing committee how can she then tell a licensed doorman, a publican or a taxi/private hire driver that they are not a "fit and proper person" to hold their respective licences????? When she is not a fit and proper person herself! She should be reprimanded by the Chief Executive and then removed. This woman is synonymous with a 19th century gin drinking loose woman from Whitechapel. Was she one of those who wanted to reduce the hours of a late night pub as it was creating violence ?? I wonder if her husband is in a violent relationship - it should be looked into.
    She should go stick to drinking cheap beer.
    After making assumptions you work yourself in to a frenzy of supposition before introducing total nonsense and finally a rather idiotic conclusion. Are you related to Southy by any chance?
    It would seem she is your weakness?"
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Slapping New Forest councillor Penny Jackman at centre of new row

Penny Jackman

Penny Jackman

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

AN outspoken councillor who sparked a furore by slapping an elderly political opponent is in hot water once again.

Penny Jackman is at the centre of a new storm after posting a letter on her Facebook page which praises her for striking Mike Beggs, 72, and says she should have hit him harder.

Last night the 47-year-old Tory was facing fresh calls to resign after displaying the message on the internet.

The letter says: “I feel I must write to you congratulating you on your actions. It’s a shame it wasn’t a harder slap.”

The letter goes on to say: “Just desserts”.

Cllr Jackman sits on Lymington and Pennington Town Council, New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority.

Cllr Chris Harrison, leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition group on the district council, said he was shocked that she had displayed the letter on her Facebook page.

He added: “She appears to be something of a loose cannon and needs to consider her position as a councillor.

“She has brought the role of a councillor into disrepute.

“People in local government have arguments – sometimes heated ones – but physical violence is not acceptable.”

Mr Beggs, of Broadmead, Sway, was a UKIP candidate in a recent town council by-election.

He attended the count and came face to face with Cllr Jackman, who criticised him for attacking her in election leaflets.

Mr Beggs was struck on the left cheek and said the blow broke his dental bridge.

Last night he issued a statement saying: “I am informed that Cllr Jackman has placed a copy of a letter to her on a public website.

“The anonymous letter congratulates her on slapping me and suggests she should have slapped me harder.

“That Cllr Jackman should publish the letter seems to call into question the sincerity of the apology she made to me after her attack.”

Cllr Jackman said she published the letter because it was representative of the messages of support she had received.

She added: “I stand by my apology, which was made – and meant – most sincerely and which Mike Beggs had the grace to accept at the time. I have no further comment to make.”

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