LETTER: The politics behind Clitheroe Town Council

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It was gratifying to see such a strong and overwhelming vote for the Conservatives throughout the Ribble Valley, including Clitheroe Town Council, in the local elections on May 5th and rather disappointing to read in your paper last week some griping from one of the minority parties.

In answer to the comments you so widely reported, I would like to clarify first of all that Clitheroe Town Council is the only parish or town council in the borough elected on political grounds.

Up to 2007, the Conservative Party did not put up candidates backed by the Party and members always stood in their own name only and not as the Conservative Party Candidate. And up to 2007, the Conservatives had no seats on the Town Council.

Liberal Democrat members, on the other hand, always stood as Lib Dem candidates under the Party name, and, holding all the seats, gave a firm indication they would continue to do so.

In 2007, somewhat reluctantly, we did the same and subsequently obtained one seat. This time we got three seats and Simon Entwistle lost out.

Obviously it was disappointing for him, but as Clitheroe Town Council is “politically” elected, these things will happen. As for “local”, our two St Mary’s borough and town councillors have far more of a local connection, with businesses in the ward and town, than a previous St Mary’s councillor, Frank Dyson, who was leader of the Liberal Democrats for years and lived in Bolton-by-Bowland.

I must also point out that, while last week Mr Rush was on the one hand pontificating about “non political” and “local”, on the other he had a letter published in his capacity as Chairman of his Party thanking people for their support for his (unsuccessful) party candidates, including the candidate for Billington, who just happens, by the way, to live in Whalley.


Vice Chairman, Ribble Valley Conservatives.