Ian Proud turns his back on turncoat politics
Former South Tyneside man turns back on local politics
I had accused him of being the biggest political turncoat in Britain, but it seems there were a few others around the country with a record for swapping parties that would make them proud.
Former Newcastle City councillor Ian Proud hails from Jarrow and used to work with me at one time in South Shields, he used to support Sunderland too but I’m not sure if I can trust that he still does. It has been rumoured that the former Denton councillor was about to stand as a candidate in the local elections for yet another party, the fledgling Newcastle First group formed around a couple of disgruntled Tories. Great, what a story, how many parties could you represent in a short political life?
What a shame he decided to change his mind.
Word of warning t councillors in South Tyneside (and quite a few of them have swapped horses over the years) if Proud returns to Jarrow and comes knocking on your door asking to join up, try and find that elusive “temporary membership card”.