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Alliance councillor to stand down

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Vic Thompson not to seek re-election in Westoe

The South Tyneside Alliance deputy leader Cllr. Ahmend Khan has quietly announced that his colleague Cllr. Victor Thompson will not be seeking re-election to South Tyneside Council following his one term as a member for the Westoe ward in South Shields.

Cllr. Thompson, a man of few reported words, said:

“Being a councillor is quite time consuming and I have now decided to give it up to concentrate on running my business.”

Cllr. Khan thanked Victor Thompson for his contribution adding:

“We all wish him well and although he has taken the difficult decision to stand down, I am certain that Victor will remain an active member of the Alliance for many years to come.”

The Independent Alliance have been swift to appoint a candidate who hopes to win the ward for the Independent Alliance group at the May elections, he is David McBride (apparently not related to the Labour arch spinner Damien)

David has lived in the ward for over thirty years and attended local schools and South Tyneside College before leaving to work in Liverpool and Ibiza. His occupational background is in the construction industry and he is currently taking a part time course to become a trainer in construction skills. David is the proud father of Jack and they both share a passion for football watching both Newcastle and Sunderland at home.

Now, watching just one of these teams play at home isn’t a cheap pursuit when taking children along, but to watch both must be a financially crippling way of getting splinters in the backside from your fence sitting!

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Written by curly

February 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

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  1. Is he some relation to Jane Branley? This boy wonder.
    As for poor Victor he always looked like he’d rather be anywhere else than attending Council meetings. I hear they forbade him to claim his allowances so he was probably losing money by being there. No wonder he looked miserable.

    I spy

    February 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

  2. Yes its her son


    March 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

  3. Bloody great is that right Curly. I thought it was Labour that kept sticking friends and family on the council. Just shows that the Indies are even worse its like going back to the 70s man.How old is this kid Ispy?

    Doctor Feelgood

    March 1, 2010 at 10:25 am

  4. Cllr Jane Branley has worked with David politically for a number of years and said, “David has done everything from stuffing envelopes to canvassing, and not just in Westoe, he has been an active member of the Independent Alliance campaigning team working throughout the borough.”

    Cllr Allen Branley added, “It is good to see a young person getting actively involved in local politics.

    “If David is elected he will bring the average age of a councillor down by many years!”

    From the Indies website

    See how open and honest she is about this “young person”, she can’t even bring herself to tell everyone that he’s her son. What sort of funny psychology sees a mother/son relationship as a “working” one? Christ it’s going to end up looking like a right family business at Westoe effing Towers!

    Vicki from Binns

    March 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    • Unbelievable,

      lets have a variety of different views and opinions…………………………………..or not as the case may be……………………i hear the cat is up for the west park ward,the dog is candidate for beacon and bents and the amazon parrot , although not living in the ward is candidate for the biddick/all saints .


      March 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

  5. Can you`s not give it a rest.
    This man deserves to be a candidate in the westoe ward. With all the hard work he`s put in over the years. He deserves it more than most.


    March 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

  6. A ‘young person.’ He’s thirty five year old for Gods sake!

    I spy

    March 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

  7. Robert said “the man deserves to be a candidate in Westoe ward”, well I’d be interested in hearing from anyone with the knowledge just how the Independent Alliance go about picking their candidates for elections. Just what procedures do they use and what sort of regulated decision is required before the candidate is announced on their website.

    Hang on, this is beginning to sound like an organised political party, I forgot that independent people just decided on their own to stand and then somehow join in an alliance, or have I got it all wrong somewhere?

    If it looks like a party, smells like a party, behaves like a party, publishes like a party, has a website like a party, spends cash like a party, then it is a party, and should have the decency to register with The Electoral Commission.


    March 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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