An election for all of the family!
South Tyneside Political Parties aim to carry on the family business.
Not sure if we are some sort of special case in South Tyneside, or if membership of political organisations is so low that when it comes to the election of our councillors they are reduced to asking family members to fill the breech.
At the local government elections on May 6th we will see the Independent Alliance fielding Jane Branley’s brother and Allen Branley’s sister, the Liberal Democrats will field Bill Troupe, Carole Troupe, and Susan Troupe, Labour will field husband and wife team Joan and Arthur Meeks, June Elsom the wife of Real Independent George Elsom will fight in Cleadon Park, and Quintin Smith is also attempting to follow in his father Stan’s footsteps in Cleadon Park.
We have already had a number of family business teams on, or wanting to be on, South Tyneside Council in past years (Nancy Maxwell and Eddie McAtominey, Jane and Allen Branley, Bill and Mavis Brady, Ann and Alan Madsen, Joan and Arthur Meeks, Elizabeth and Murtagh Diamond, Ken and Elizabeth Scrimgour to name just a few), then there were the siblings and children of the Malcolm family, Billy, Iain, Eddie and an uncle whose name escapes me right now, other siblings and children included Harry Marshall and his daughters Enid Hetherington and Marjorie Robinson, Ahmed Khan and his daughter Laura, George and Stan Smith, Don and Frank Dixon, and there have probably been others that don’t immediately come to mind.
Isn’t it about time that these political organisations that supposedly aim to represent the wider community pulled themselves into the 21st Century and widened their appeal? If they were ALL more active in the community (and I do mean ALL) then perhaps they would have a larger membership and be able to offer a more diverse selection of candidates without resorting to sisters, brothers, aunts uncles, sons, daughters and the in-laws!
Kindly chip in with those I have missed who have represented or sought to represent us, my memory isn’t as good as it should be.