• Desperation Stakes

    Whoever is elected to the seat previously held by the late Councillor Ruth Pentney for well over a decade, in Clifton with Maidenway, has a very tough act to follow. As the line-up for the by-election on 5 November crystallises, the early talk is all about the candidacy of our former MP Adrian Sanders who has announced his intention to stand for the Lib Dems. The most obvious question raised by the news is not whether he could do the job, but why would he want to?

    In thinking about why Mr Sanders wants to be a councillor, one possible reason leaps out at anyone who follows local politics at all closely. Perhaps the Lib Dems realise that, in the current political climate, with the Lib Dem brand so out of date, he is the only candidate the local Lib Dems think could hang on to the seat for them.

    But even given that these are truly desperate times for the Lib Dems, why would Mr Sanders want the job? He is surely on a hiding to nothing. If he loses, that will put the final seal on the Bay’s disillusionment with the yellow party and be personally humiliating for the erstwhile parliamentarian.

    If he wins, Mr Sanders faces three and a half years without any power whatsoever, in much more modest surroundings than the House of Commons. The council’s budget for expenses certainly does not stretch to dry cleaning!

    I suppose the one bright spot on his horizon, should Mr Sanders win, would be that he would be swapping his former leader Nick Clegg for the highly competent Councillor Steve Darling.



Julien Parrott, UKIP

Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, 2007 to date
Executive Lead for Adults and Children
Torbay Borough Council Unitary Authority

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11 November 2017

A brief update ...

I realise that I keep apologising for not maintaining this website! I really hope that I will be able to do something with it in the near future, but I know that my fellow Ellacombe residents understand that my priority is with my ward work and with my work for children and adults across the Bay as Executive Lead councillor.

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