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The biggest political turncoat in Britain?

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Councillor Ian Proud, Newcastle upon Tyne
Councillor, from South Tyneside, constantly changing colours

Please let me introduce Councillor Ian Proud, who represents the Denton ward on Newcastle City council I believe that he has featured in this blog somewhere in the past. Ian is originally from Jarrow and is a former work colleague of mine in South Shields, and I even photographed his wedding! I think he may now be described as a political chameleon, he changes his disguises at every election by the looks of it.

Having started his political journey as a member of the Conservative Party in Jarrow, he left South Tyneside to take up residence in Newcastle some years ago and from that point he has “re-invented” himself regularly, four years ago he was elected as a Lib-Dem, then he crossed the floor to the Labour Party, latterly he sat as an Independent, and now news reaches the Corner Shop that he has now joined UKIP!

No wonder he wears a coat of many colours – is he the best example of being Britain’s biggest political turncoat councillor? Do you know of any others with such a strong claim?


Luke Akehurst has turned up a damned good challenger over at Bob Piper’s place

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Written by curly

April 4, 2008 at 10:03 am

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  1. What a shame his name isn’t Joseph Andhismulticoloureddreamcoat…


    April 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm

  2. Andrew Wragg, Stoke on Trent. Independant,Labour, people’s party,Potteries Alliance,Conservative/Independant alliance and now standing in this May’s elections as a Conservative.All within six years 2002-2008.

    I claim this as Great Britain’s biggest turncoat.

    Incidentally, each party he stands for, did well (for someone else) previously. In other words, he follows the vote.

    Gary Elsby

    April 5, 2008 at 11:42 am

  3. He was also a Labour activist in S Tyneside and Newcastle before he joined the Lib Dems


    April 5, 2008 at 12:04 pm

  4. I would start by saying that I don’t know much about this specific case but does it matter about his lack of fidelity to anyone party?

    Winston Churchill was a Liberal and a Conservative at various points during his political career.

    Also, aren’t you being a bit nasty to someone who was clearly a friend of yours at some point (I’m assuming you photographed his wedding because you liked the guy).


    April 7, 2008 at 3:40 am

  5. What about the Independent candidate for Cleadon Park?

    Labour in the late 1990s

    stood for the Hard left independents in Boldon in 2006

    then left to support the Progressives in Harton in 2007

    then left to join George Elsoms soft independents to stand in Cleadon Park in 2008

    makes one wonder what party he will be in 2009….

    …and before the wisecracks, his opponent Alex Donaldson being a former Tory is well documented – his was a journey on the road to Damascus – the Cleadon Park guy seems to be supporting any party that gives him a cuddle at any given time.

    Iain Malcolm

    April 7, 2008 at 12:04 pm

  6. Tim Perkins:

    Lib Dem
    Pro European Conservative
    Lib Dem
    Progressive Conservative
    Possibly now UKIP

    Steve Cooke

    April 7, 2008 at 8:53 pm

  7. […] The biggest political turncoat in Britain? […]

  8. I think Churchill only changed party twice. He was originally a Tory, but he disagreed with the protectionist policies they adopted, and left to join the Liberals in 1904. He remained a Liberal until he lost his Dundee seat in 1922. He was elected Tory Mp for Epping in 1924. He realised that changing parties was risky and famously said “Anyone can rat, but it takes class to re-rat!” Whether Proud has class is open to question.

    Today (2nd April) Proud was defeated trying to hold on to his seat as a UKIP candidate. He received 135 votes out of a total of 3435 votes cast, and came bottom of the poll out of five candidates.

    Bill Schardt

    Bill Schardt

    May 2, 2008 at 8:59 pm

  9. […] this story about Ian Proud, the South Tyneside man who has tasted six political flavours so […]

  10. Ted Owen, former member of Stoke-on-Trent City Council (lost his seat May 2008)
    Beats even Andrew Wragg

    1995 Member of the Labour Party
    1996 Stood as an Independent
    1998 Stood for the ‘Stoke-on-Trent Alliance’ Party
    1998 Set up the ‘Independent & Alliance’ Group
    2002 Stood as an Independent
    2003 Stood as a ‘No Party’ candidate
    2004 Stood as an Independent
    2006 Joined an alliance led by the Conservatives
    2006 Joined the ‘Peoples Party’
    2007 Set up the ‘Potteries Alliance’ Party

    Martin James

    May 12, 2008 at 1:13 am

  11. According to today’s (17th May) Evening Chronicle, Ian Proud has now applied to rejoin the Labour Party!

    In view of his previous record and that (according to the Chronicle of the 31st March) he has joined a “bigoted internet group”, it will be interesting to see how his application is received.

    Regarding this internet group, the Chronicle says “Martin Davies and Ian Proud, who are standing for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in Newcastle Central and Newcastle North have joined a group called “Chop Terrorists’ Big Toes Off So They Can’t Wear Their Flip Flops” on the social networking website Facebook.”

    Try as I might, I have difficulty in regarding this man’s actions as those of a sane individual.

    Bill Schardt

    May 17, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    • I never cease to be amazed by his “fantastic” life story Bill, thanks for bring this to our attention!


      May 18, 2010 at 8:18 am

    • The latest news is this sad man is working to help children.

      You all need to be aware that Mr Proud made another facebook comment a short while ago to which i believe is more serious than him joining the facebook group “Chop Terrorists’ Big Toes Off So They Can’t Wear Their Flip Flops”.

      This post references one of the largest fast food chains which my children go to can be somehow related to what i hope is a non existant child abuse club. For someone who is now working with children we need to look into this as a serious matter and try and distinguish how this man thinks.

      I hope the media get wind of his facebook posts and drag him out for the person he really is.

      May i suggest the media interview a representitive of the fast food chain and see whast they say about his thoughts.

      Sandick Mahmood

      April 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

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