HALIFAX Conservatives have suspended election candidate David Ginley while they investigate a complaint of possible “unethical” practices.
The controversial Tory had been chosen to stand in Warley for the May council elections.
But in a statement, chairman Roger Simpson said: “The association has decided to suspend David Ginley from membership of the party, pending the investigation of a complaint against him.
“He will no longer be our candidate in Warley and the association has approved Christopher Pearson instead.”
Mr Ginley – who landed in court in 1993 after voting twice in a council election – was unavailable for comment.
Mr Simpson said a complaint had originally been made to Calderdale Council’s election office.
He said: “It was passed to the association because, while there appeared to be nothing illegal, it concerned activities in relation to the forthcoming election that could be considered unethical.” In recent weeks, Mr Ginley sent letters to political opponents and others, warning them against reviving stories about his chequered past that might have damaged his election campaign.
Despite Mr Ginley’s track record, Mr Simpson said that until the latest complaint, the association had had no grounds not to approve him as the Warley candidate.
Mr Ginley represented the ward from 1998 until he lost his seat in 2004.
He was voted back on the council in 2006 with a wafer- thin majority of 80 votes.
In 2007, Mr Ginley was nominated by the Conservatives to be Mayor of Calderdale.
He said it was an honour and a challenge he was looking forward to.
But he was dropped at the last minute.
In 1993, Mr Ginley was ordered to do 200 hours of community service and told to pay £35 costs after voting twice in a council election.
He claimed that as he paid poll tax on two properties he should be entitled to two votes.
In 2003, Mr Ginley appeared before Calderdale magistrates and admitted two charges of forgery.
A court heard the offences carose from a dispute over an unpaid plumbing bill.
At the time he was warned he could face a jail sentence as he tried to deceive a district judge with a forged technical report.
The magistrates sentenced him to a 18-hour community punishment order for each offence, to run concurrently, and ordered him to pay £60 costs.