A former Pencoed town councillor who is standing as a Conservative candidate in the Bridgend constituency was booted off the town council last year after he failed to attend a single meeting for six months in a row.
But Jamie Wallis said he had resigned by letter when he’d left the area, and presumed it had been received by the authority.
Mr Wallis was elected as a town councillor for the Hendre ward in May, 2017, but in August, 2018 the town council had to advertise the position because he didn’t attend any meetings for six consecutive months.
Pencoed Town Council clerk Geraint Thomas said Dr Wallis’ last recorded attendance at a council meeting was in February, 2018, and the council had not received any notification in advance of his absence.
Dr Wallis said the reason he didn’t attend was because he had moved away from Pencoed, to Cowbridge.
He said: “The relationship between myself and some of the Labour councillors on Pencoed Town Council had deteriorated to a point where I didn’t want to communicate by email or telephone.
“I sent my resignation letter by post, I assumed they had got it – I had no contact from them whatsoever except for six months later when they sent me a notice saying I was no longer a town councillor because of my non-attendance.
“By that stage I had taken up a position on Cowbridge Town Council.”
Dr Wallis, who has a PhD in planetary astronomy and science according to his LinkedIn profile, said he couldn’t recall exactly when he left Pencoed because the moving process had taken a few months with work being done on the new home.
He said: “I lived in Pencoed for a fairly long time from 2008 up to when I moved.
“I wanted to be a Pencoed town councillor because I lived there and my business is based there as well.
“I joined the town council of Cowbridge where I served as a town councillor until I resigned when I was selected in August this year to fight the seat of Bridgend for the Conservative party.”
Asked what he would say to electors who might be worried about his lack of attendance, he said: “During my time as a town councillor, and up until I made the decision to leave, I fulfilled my obligation.
“I was an enthusiastic and passionate member on both town councils.”
Mr Wallis’s businesses comprise the Fields Group, a group of businesses involved in IT and digital marketing, and the law firm, Endeavour Law.
Mr Thomas said the town council ended up co-opting someone to fill the vacancy.
Also standing in the Bridgend constituency in the 2019 General Election are:
Alex Harris – Green Party
Leanne Lewis – Plaid Cymru
Madeleine Moon – Labour
Robert Morgan – Brexit Party
Jonathan Pratt – Lib Dem