Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Don Ransom: UKIP Regional Organiser/Drunk Driver
One of our contacts in Lincolnshire has kindly sent us the following report from The Boston Target.
A LEADING member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been caught drink-driving in Boston.
Donald Ransome, who is UKIP’s East Midlands regional organiser and has also stood unsuccessfully for seats on Boston Borough Council on several occasions, was stopped by police in London Road at about 3.30am on December 12 after his Ford Mondeo car was seen straddling the central line.
He failed a roadside breath test, was arrested and taken to Boston Police Station where he recorded a breathalyser reading of 57 micrograms of alcohol.
This was more than one-and-a-half times the legal limit of 35 micrograms.
Ransome, 52, of Clarke Court, Wyberton, admitted a drink-driving charge when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.
He was banned from getting behind the wheel for 16 months, fined £500 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim’s surcharge.
Representing himself in court Ransome, who spearheaded UKIP’s European election campaign in the East Midlands last year, said on the day of the offence he had been at a Christmas party and had "misjudged" how much alcohol he had drunk.
He revealed he had a net weekly income of £800 and agreed to pay his financial penalties within 14 days.
Magistrates were told Ransome had three penalty points on his driving licence from a speeding offence in 2007 but had no previous criminal convictions.
An UKIP spokesman declined to comment on Ransome’s conviction or future with the party.
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End of article.
We bet UKIP declined to comment!
One can only speculate on Mrs Sue Ransom's reaction to this!
One can only hope that she does not decide to try to sell the family home behind his back and seek pastures new - again!
But then again over £41,000 a year at the taxpayers expense is a BIG incentive not to go!
So what does UKIP intend to do about Mr Ransom? His position in UKIP is clearly untenable.
We would advise them to tell hapless Don to return to his taxi and start earning an honest wage. He could even start working with honest people!
Derek Clark OLAF Case Number: D/007/033/04.09.08
Derek Clark OLAF Investigation Number: DD/FD-D2008.A1/7133/OF/2008/0240