The Thorpe Bay councillor who claims to be local to Eastwood

There is an annual contest to see who can claim to be most ‘local’. This contest, between competing candidates, often reaches (or plumbs) new heights (depths) during election campaigns.

It really is a nonsense; to stand in local elections one must have a local connection. This can be electoral registration, ownership or tenancy, work, or residence.

Cllr Andrew Moring has revealed himself at odds with the rest of his local party. His description on the ballot paper this year with be ‘Local Conservatives’. The other seventeen Conservative Party candidates will have ‘The Conservative Party Candidate’ beside their name on the ballot paper.

I think this allows us to describe the other Conservative candidates as not Local Conservatives.

Perhaps Andrew is running a one-man protest about his party’s predilection for selecting candidates who reside outside of the borough (three Tory councillors can currently claim this distinction).

Cllr Moring is also being somewhat disingenuous. He is an Eastwood Park councillor and is seeking re-election there. It is a matter of public record that he actually lives in Thorpe Bay. I do not think it matters, but he clearly does. Are there double standards at play here?


One Response to The Thorpe Bay councillor who claims to be local to Eastwood

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