Political

Adrian Sanders to run for council

Good to see former Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders wanting to get back into the political fray and running for the local council, though the circumstances of the by-election he’ll be fighting are tragic:

The Liberal Democrat, who was Torbay MP for 18 years until losing his seat at the general election, hopes to win a bye-election at Torbay council next month.

If successful he would replace long-standing Lib Dem Ruth Pentney who died last month, at the age of 62, after battling motor neurone disease.

Dubbed Torquay’s “yellow iron lady” she was a for 13 years, representing the Clifton with Maidenway ward…

The 56-year-old denied the move was a step down from Westminster, insisting he had “never been a career politician” and was simply hoping to represent a ward in his home town.

“It is going back to my roots – I was first elected to office in 1984 to represent Maidenway, which is now part of the constituency,” he told the Western Morning News. [Western Morning News]

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