Friday, January 05, 2007

More Tory Trouble

Kings Norton is a ward in Birmingham where the Tories have high expectations of doing well in May - evicting the single remaining Labour councillor, Laura Ross. They actually had a good candidate in place who had put a lot of work into the ward over the past few months, but just before Christmas, all that changed.

The Hack understands that Ken Axford has now resigned as candidate in Kings Norton over differences with the sitting councillors - the upwardly-mobile husband and wife team of Geoff and Margaret Sutton.

12 comments:

Praguetory said...

What do you mean by upwardly-mobile? Do you mean snobbish or successful?

Anonymous said...

I'd like to hear your views on the current leadership of the birmingham labour party. who do u think shud take over from albert? and when do u think he shud go?

Anonymous said...

Upwardly mobile! The Suttons have always seemed like a pair of ageing Tory dead weights to me.

Praguetory said...

I know. I went to check their photos expecting to see a couple of hyperactive yuppies. Don't understand PH's working at all. Are you older than you're letting on, PH?

PoliticalHack said...

Yup. I'm well into my eighties now.

There's just a rumour that the formally local-living councillors are no longer quite such local people any more.

Anonymous said...

You didn't answer my question about leadership of the Labour party in Birmingham?

PoliticalHack said...

Albert leads the Labour Group on the City Council, not the Birmingham Labour Party - a wholly different beast.

At the moment, I'm content with his leadership - he's head and shoulders above Whitless or Tilsley in terms of his competence and has a far better understanding of the city than either.

As to a successor - we'll see.

Anonymous said...

Who would you like to see as a successor to Bore?

Anonymous said...

The Suttons have a history of annoying their fellow Tories. At the all up elections they refused fellow Tory Tony Ward a recount when he was only one vote behind Margaret. I understand that the relationship had broken down well before this - they even had different election agents...

PoliticalHack said...

Anonymous: I've not given the post-Bore Labour Group any thought at all. Sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

Well Ithink a post-Bore era will be coming much quicker than your letting off, if what I've heard is true!

Anonymous said...

I used to live in the same ward as the suttons, and the sad truth is that in electing two married torys who spend about as much time in the ward as farther Christmas, the residents of Kings Norton have not gained two councilors but possibly one third (and thats being generous). Even admitting that I was a historical life long Tory, my vote will be going to Lara Ross, who at least turns up to meetings and answers phone calls or E mails.




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