Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Lib Dem Melt Down In Katesgrove: Epps Not To Stand (Now It's Official) & Is Swaine's Ban 14 Weeks (*)
Gareth Epps (second left in the picture) has finally confirmed that he will not stand for the Lib Dems in Katesgrove in the council elections in May. Here's his official confirmation.
I did originally post this back in November 2010 when it was quite clear that Cllr Epps was moving further out of step with the local Lib Dems. At the time he denied it so I was happy to repeat his assurance a few days ago.
So he has now come clean about not standing: with a national position within the Lib Dems, it would have hurt his political reputation if he had been defeated in Katesgrove, as was looking very likely.
Meanwhile it is being suggested that Warren Swaine has been suspended by the Lib Dems for 14 weeks - and not the 14 days originally reported. (*) Updated: See Dead Man Walking
However, Kirsten Bayes and the local Lib Dem leadership have kept an embarassing silence on the matter. If true, it would mean that Cllr Swaine would be out in the cold until well past the local elections in May ... would he still be allowed to canvass on the Lib Dems' behalf while suspended?