Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 9, 2017

West Lancashire Conservatives Link To Suspended Parish Councillor?

The West Lancashire Conservative Association states “The northern wards of West Lancashire are served by borough councillors and county councillors from the neighbouring South Ribble Association. The details are to be found on the South Ribble Association website”.

And here we see that the Deputy Chairman (Membership and Fundraising) is Alan Pearmain. “South Ribble Conservative Association have appointed former military communications professional Alan Pearmain alan_pearman as their new campaign manager. Alan will be responsible for the co-ordination of the Association’s campaigning activities throughout the calendar year.

“After retiring in 2008 following a career overseas, which included time at Serco Aviation in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bermuda Airports, Alan successfully completed a Politics degree at the University of Central Lancashire. During this time, the avid local football referee, took on the role as a Parish Councillor for Farington Parish Council which has seen his Conservative campaigning snowball from there on in.

“Not content at being an integral part of Lorraine Fullbrook’s 2008-2010 campaign team, as well as assisting other local councillors, Alan volunteered to become campaign manager to escalate his involvement with the Association. Alan, who displays a clear passion for the local area, is driven in helping to give South Ribble a better tomorrow under Conservative leadership. His enthusiasm and support will not only add to the Association’s already determined and experienced team but will help shout about the numerous successes in and around the constituency. And what’s reassuring from the publics’ perspective is that Alan will be helping the area’s elected Councillors ensure they deliver the best possible service! Like South Ribble’s MP, Alan is a strong supporter of the Fresh Start Group to help give our citizens more control over their own lives”.

The Guardian and the Daily Mirror both state “Conservative [parish] councillor has been suspended after retweeting a “completely unacceptable” message which portrayed Diane Abbott as an ape wearing lipstick. Alan Pearmain, the deputy chairman of the South Ribble Conservative Association, shared a picture of an Orangutan which included the strapline “get the Diane Abbott look”. He added a comment to the original post which said: “Nice lips kid. But a shade too much rouge”.

A Conservative spokesman said “His comments are completely unacceptable and he has been suspended from the party, pending an investigation.” In his Twitter profile, Mr Pearmain describes himself as “positioned slightly to the right of Attila the Hun”. He denied that the tweet, first reported by the Lancashire Evening Post, was racist. He told The Guardian: “I’m almost 70, I’ve been asked to apologise on many, many occasions. Sometimes it warrants apologising, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes you have to stand up for your principles. “Can you tell me what’s wrong with the tweet? I thought it was her size and her appearance, nothing to do with colour”.

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