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An election for all of the family!

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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.

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Written by curly

April 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

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  1. Doreen Dixon wife of Don

    Truly Independent

    April 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

  2. Thanks for that,
    and there was Vi and Ken Webster?
    Was Gladys Hobson’s husband Wal ever involved in fighting elections (instead of Labour Party bouncers)?


    April 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

  3. You have missed Seppy & Pat Robinson from Whitburn. Also omitted are the 3 Doneghans, Jim & Evelyn and their son Stephen who all represented the Marsden/Harton area but at different times.

    Currently father and daughter team Peter Boyack & Tracy Dixon represent Whitburn.


    April 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    • Thank you, told you my memory wasn’t that good. Now you’ve reminded me of Seppy’s brother Walter too, as well as Stephen and Peter Hepburn!


      April 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm

  4. I don’t think my memory is much better. Jane Branley was of course Jane Long in a previous marriage and she and her then husband Martin were Council members in the late eighties come early nineties.


    April 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm

  5. seem to recall that martin long was another one that went awol and stopped attending his meetings. is it something in the tap water in westoe village curly?


    April 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm

  6. Hi Curley
    I’m in total agreement with you. A healthy democracy will only flourish with a majority of it’s citizens informed and involved. Where everyone feels that their voice is heard and that their views can make a difference. At local level a quick flick through the marked electoral register shows that this is not the case. People are not voting. Now we can argue and speculate about why not till we are blue in the face, but for whatever reason people are’nt interested. We have done as you suggest. But it isn’t working people sometimes get involved for single reasons, but that’s the extent of their interest.
    I’m not running to keep it in the family. The simple truth is that our two most suitable candidates have been frightened off by the personal attacks which have become a feature of public life in South Shields. Anyone who dares to challenge either Branley or Khan is gauranteed to be vilified and lied about. This group should not be the political enemy. We should be fighting the Labour Party. However this group have seized the agenda- I don’t agree with you incidentally about their left wing tendencies this strategy in my view is nihilism , maybe by default, but destructive never the less and it’s working. The Town is dying on it’s feet.
    The reason that I am running this time is that I have no intention of allowing their candidate a clear run in this ward and I will do my utmost to win it.
    Regards June

    June Elsom

    April 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    • June is correct in that there is nothing intrinsically left wing about the Indy Alliance.
      Just recently Curly, you referred to them as Marxists which couldn’t be further from the truth.


      April 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

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