Yet more claims that Southport Tories are united came from the beleaguered Chairman of Southport Tories Cllr Terry Jones. They have little credibility as there are now more 'unofficial ' Conservative Councillors in the town than official ones!
Lady Lesley Watson, wife of Sir Ron(former Leader, LGA bigwig and by some margin the most impressive of Tory councillors) spoke out on behalf of her husband.
She said: “To suggest the actions of Cllr Jones and a few others are for the good of the residents of Southport is a travesty of the truth. They are inflicting huge damage on the party".
But Councillors Jones persisted:
"This is about many issues over many years".
“If they are willing to serve their suspensions and wish to come back agreeing to the rules then we will accept them with open arms.”
The Liberal Democrats in Southport have prospered over the last decade, making inroads into previous Tory strongholds in Ainsdale and Cambridge wards ( and they might have added the amazingly strong vote in Dukes Ward last May).
and (bless him) he kept digging:
Cllr Jones said: “The Lib Dems have taken too many seats because we haven’t been united.
“If people aren’t prepared to step in line and represent the Conservative Party in Southport, then they should look at other options.
“We didn’t want it to end up going this way, but the party is now solid – we are now a united association.”
Personally I would like to hear what former Southport Tory Char Jackie Glover thinks