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]