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Strong rumours of a weakened field

Phone calls and texts within the last hour strongly suggesting that one of the seven candidates in the Westoe by election in South Shields on Sept. 10th has suddenly withdrawn on the day after nominations had closed.

One party leader in South Tyneside told me that “it smelled suspicious”, another suggested that the candidate “might have been approached” by one of the other candidates, rumours flying around like wildfire.

Confirmation expected soon, normal Twitter sources very quiet.

Update

George Crozier the Progressive Association candidate has officially withdrawn from the election as of last Friday, Jim Capstick the Progressive’s leader appeared to be totally unaware of the situation when I spoke to him by telephone a few minutes ago.

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Written by curly

August 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

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  1. Curly, do you think that the Branleys are so desperate that they might have cobbled some deal with the Progs? If the Progs went ahead in Westoe the Indies might have threatened to stand in West Park and Harton you know, it could have gone that way.

    Whats to say that old Jim Capstick isn’t keeping his cards close to his chest?

    I haven’t heard a single voter yet who has said they will 100% support the absentee Branley.

    Elephant Ears

    August 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

  2. The Conservatives must work their socks off to claim the Progressive votes if this is the case, at least Mr. Dailly is not tainted by any of the politics and shenanigans that go on in the Town Hall.

    H. Watson

    August 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm

  3. The Alliance already has a candidate on the cards for Harton. Perhaps you may be close to the truth Elephant.

    rossinisbird

    August 17, 2009 at 8:21 pm

  4. am telling you the daft indies have lost it – no one – and i mean no one – in the county or westoe are voting for them

    vicki

    August 20, 2009 at 9:05 pm


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