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Potts is a recovering alcoholic

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David PottsFormer South Tyneside Tory Leader is battling personal problems, also leaves Conservative Party.

In a statement today, the councillor says that he is a recovering alcoholic.

“It is with a deep sense of both relief and regret that I resign with immediate effect from South Tyneside Council, the Conservative Party and frontline politics.

“It will come as no surprise to many of you that I am a recovering alcoholic. I recognise that public life is of no benefit to my recovery, and in turn I am of no benefit to public life. I must step aside.

“I’ve fought many opponents in my political career. Alas, the biggest one was always staring me in the face. I have always failed to beat alcohol.

“I have represented the people of Cleadon and East Boldon since I was 21 years of age. I will always have a great passion for our villages and, indeed, our borough.

“However, it is now my focus to concentrate on saving my life and helping other alcoholics within our region to deal with this evil illness in a constructive way. There is hope for all of us.

“If you have found yourself in the firing line of my disgraceful behaviour, then I apologise unreservedly.”

Apparently his decision has nothing to do with the mounting furore caused by his Tweet describing South Shields MP David Miliband as a w****er.

One of his latest Tweets was an attack on former Conservative Party member Ian Galletley who was the party’s candidate in Stockton North at the general election last year, describing him as a moron.

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This cannot have impressed the party hierarchy, or his local colleagues.

Picture courtesy of South Tyneside Borough Council

Update 13:42

Hebburn Liberal Democratic Councillor Joe Abbott “wishes David well for the future”.

Independent Alliance deputy leader Councillor Ahmed Khan gloats on three separate Twitter sites at once, proving that he writes them all.

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Written by curly

January 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

David Potts resigns

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South Tyneside Council Conservative Leader resigns seat

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January 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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