Support for deselected candidates

PUBLISHED: 02:01 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

REGARDING the de-selection of councillors Roger Boote and Barry Nicholson in days gone by party politics had no place in local government. In the main, elected councillors lived in the area they represented, were approachable, had experience and were k

REGARDING the de-selection of councillors Roger Boote and Barry Nicholson - in days gone by party politics had no place in local government. In the main, elected councillors lived in the area they represented, were approachable, had experience and were knowledgeable about the history and needs of the particular ward.It is with dismay that I learn that Honiton and Tiverton Conservative Association have balloted, as per the constitution of the Conservative Party, to determine that Sara Randall Johnson and Paul Diviani shall stand as official candidates in the St Michael's and St Paul's wards of Honiton in the next county election. Neither seem to meet the criteria.I fear the motivation behind the Leader and Chairman of EDDC making such application has more to do with party politics, and their own political aspirations, than dedication, or consideration to the electorate of the respective Honiton wards.Of course, de-selection does not prevent either Roger Boote or Barry Nicholson seeking re-election.They won't have the party machine behind them it is true. One lives in hope that they will not bow down under the considerable pressure that will be put upon them not to split the assumed Conservative vote.It would certainly help to restore my faith in democracy and local government to see them go to the electorate asking to be returned as county councillors. They are worthy to stand - be it as Independent or Independent Conservative candidates. That would be entirely up to them.Gillian HillmanPine Grove, Honiton


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