The trial of Aberdeen’s Renee Slater, formerly Ron, for entering dummy Helena Torry in election
So. Will Helena Torry stand in city’s Airyhall, Broomhill and Garthdee constituency? No.
Returning Officer Valerie Watts said back in April:
“It has been brought to my attention that Helena Torry, for whom a nomination paper was submitted for the Hazlehead, Ashley and Queens Cross ward, does not exist. I am, therefore, republishing the Notice of Poll for that ward, deleting the reference to the fake candidate. This is a very serious and unusual step to take but is necessary to ensure that the interests of the genuine candidates and voters are protected, and that the election can take place on May 3. The nomination paper for Helena Torry was submitted shortly before the close of nominations on March 3 and contained all the information required by statute for a valid nomination. In this case, it is clear from public statements from the purported election agent that the information on the form was inaccurate to the point of rendering the nomination a complete nullity, which can be disregarded for the purposes of the election.”
Renee, who was known as Ron Slater until a sex change, denies the charge. Her trial is due to take place in January.
The Daily Record adds:
Renee, when she was Ron, was a Labour councillor with Aberdeen District until 1985 until being convicted of defrauding the council of £300.
This one might be interesting – especially if Helena starts talking. But why areest her? Why not let Helena stand. What are the officials afraid of – that the taylor’s dummy will win?