Cllr Clive Goddard & Russell Tillson interviewed under caution for Alleged Electoral Violations

Screenshot from 2019-10-17 14-06-04Cllr Clive Goddard (Con) (pictured) was first elected to the then Shepway District Council – now Folkestone & Hythe District Council – in 2007. He was elected in the Lydd ward with 964 votes. Over the last three local elections, 2011, 2015 and 2019, Cllr Goddard has been returned to office, with a sizeable majority.

Cllr Goddard is the Chairman of the Planning Committee and represents the people of Walland and Denge Marsh Ward.

We understand that Cllr Goddard was recently interviewed under caution at Folkestone Police Station in respect of an allegation that he supplied false information to the Folkestone & Hythe District Council Returning Officer, Dr Susan Priest, in relation to the 2019 Local Government Elections, held in May of this year. We stress being interviewed under caution does not imply guilt.

A variety of sources inside and outside the Council say that the allegation was that he was not qualified to be nominated as a candidate for Walland & Denge Marsh Ward, as he resided in Hastings and not Lydd, as we understand.

Well placed sources inform us a file is now being prepared to be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service for them to review and decide if Cllr Goddard should face a formal prosecution.

In a telephone call with our public face, earlier today, Cllr Goddard would neither confirm or deny the allegations.

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Cllr Goddard is not the only Cllr to have been interviewed for alleged election violations. Back in April the then Cllr Russell Tillson (pictured above) was also interviewed by Kent Police for alleged electoral violations.We stress being  interviewed under caution does not imply guilt. However, advice was sought from the electoral commission and their advice to Kent Police was that although Mr Tillson had technically committed an offence in relation to his qualification to stand as a Candidate in a particular Ward, that as he was not elected for that Ward, then it was not in the public interest to pursue a formal prosecution.

We understand that Mr Tillson was given a formal warning by way of letter and told that if he were to commit a similar offence again then formal proceedings would be considered.

Lest we forget, former Cllr Tillson was also investigated for his expenses and the report made clear the Council would not pursue him for any expenses, as he was not in office.

Mr Tillson is currently the Chairman of the Local Folkestone & Hythe Conservative Association.


As we understand one of the complainants against former Cllr Russell Tillson was the now Labour Cllr, Ray Field(pictured) who is both a District and Town Cllr in Folkestone.

What with Cllr Treloar being arrested recently in London, the number of potential criminals in the Folkestone & Hythe Chamber is beginning to rack up.

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3 Comments on Cllr Clive Goddard & Russell Tillson interviewed under caution for Alleged Electoral Violations

  1. Quite incredible the basic underlying thinking of these councillors!! = How this must extrapolate out in to their civic and public duties?

  2. doggerbank56 // October 18, 2019 at 09:17 // Reply

    They should have taken legal advice from returning officer, Dr Susan Priest, or her Deputy if they had any doubts about their ability to stand for election in their respective wards. Their failure to do so demonstrates either ignorance of the law (for which there is no excuse) or, a cynical disregard for the law. They should both remember that over weaning pride is often a precursor to a dramatic fall from grace.

  3. Tillson should be suspended from all involvement regarding decision making and not allowed to come back until he is cleared of all suspicion. This is what would happen if he were a council officer. Also maybe you could find out who the 10 people were who proposed and seconded his nomination form?

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