Wednesday, April 23, 2008
My Macavity MP
Sorry if this post seems a bit partisan, but been out campaigning with Frank Torrens tonight. All very odd. Frank is standing as a Conservative candidate for election to Powys County Council in Newtown. His opponent is Richard Noyce, who is standing as a Liberal Democrat. Its a straight political fight between the Lib Dem incumbant and a Conservative challenger. One of the houses we called at gave us one of Richard's campaign leaflets. It carried a nice photo of him. I've posted before about the almost total absence of Montgomeryshire's Liberal Democrat MP, Lembit Opik from any of the Lib Dem campaigning material being used in next week's local election. Sure enough. The leaflet was plastered in endorsement by Alex Carlile, who was Montgomeryshire's local MP until 1997 - but not a glimpse of Macavity. Its clear that Montgomeryshire Lib Dem Council candidates have decided that their only chance of success next week is if they dissociate themselves completely from their own MP. This must be unprecedented. And Frank is a very good candidate who would be a committed Councillor if he were to be elected.