Primrose by election – Jarrow
Six candidates will contest South Tyneside Council seat
This should be an interesting by election on February 25th, although it is not one where I expect to see the seat change hands (stranger things have happened, of course), I say that because Cllr. Khan reveals on his Twitter pager that Ken Stephenson, the Labour Party candidate was not really the man they wanted to field. Whether or not the voters in Primrose, Jarrow prove to be that much bothered by the choice of a Low Simonside (which is virtually South Shields country) man to represent Labour will be far more interesting to watch, along with the size of the turnout as we get closer to a general election, and the effect of the two Independent candidates fighting to mop up votes along with the Conservatives, Lib-Dems, and the BNP.
The list of candidates with valid nominations at the close, noon today is:
Pete Hodgkinson – British National Party – Protecting British Jobs
Anthony James Lanaghan – The Conservative Party Candidate
Aaron Luke – Independent
David Alan Rice – Independent
Ken Stephenson – The Labour Party Candidate
Susan Heather Troupe – Liberal Democrats
The BNP were the first out of the starting blocks some weeks ago in Primrose so one would hope and expect that the other parties counter the arguments between now and the election date , to prevent the racist message being perceived as acceptable. Other than the two Independent candidates all of the others have previous experience in door knocking and facing the electorate in South Tyneside.
David Alan Rice has been in touch with the Corner Shop and sent me this delightful (cough, splutter) picture of himself alongside Cllr. Steve Harrison who is backing his bid to succeed. Mr. Rice had this to say:
I was born in Jarrow, Prudhoe Grove, Primrose 1960 and educated at Jarrow Central School after which I joined the armed forces, served with distinguished service during the Falklands war and in jungles of Central America.
I have been married to my lovely wife Carol since 1986, I have one son Aidan who coaches and plays Rugby, and I am a firm believer of charity within the community and the care and respect due to older residents of the borough who like my mother are suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s.
At present I am self employed doing Domestic and Commercial surveys.
I am truly Independent not aligned to any group unlike the ‘Alliance’
Any other pictures of candidates with large “stones” will be gratefully received(….err…. perhaps the Stones in pint glasses might look better though).
The election has been called to fill the vacancy in the Primrose ward following the sad and untimely death of veteran Labour councillor Barrie Scorer.