The £11.99p Independent Halsall Candidate

What Can You Buy For £11.99 Today? A half decent bottle of Merlot at the Co-op and keep £2 in your pocket?

Or how much does it cost to be a candidate for election? Neil Campbell tells us what he paid. £11.99!

“Being called an “unusual independent campaigner” is quite a badge of honour in my book, perhaps Mr Westley doesn’t like the publication of negatives or “truths” as many of us deem them to be!

“I’m sorry but I didn’t know there was a candidate campaign “rule book” that I had to stick to, perhaps that’s the joy of being an independent rather than being stuck in an old style political rut.

“Mr Westley should reflect on why the “Independent” movement in local politics has such momentum and votes in these troubled times instead of making jibes. With no campaigning, leaflets or assistance, I received 20% of the votes in Halsall!

“My election costs were £11.99 in total and this will be declared in my submitted Candidate Return of Expenses form. Would Mr Westley like to disclose how much his party spent?

“I stood as an independent knowing there was only a small chance of victory and accept the outcome with no grudge or remorse and wish our newly elected councillor the very best of wishes in her new role. However by standing I have the moral position where I can highlight the failings of local government and hold them to account and as the leader of the party you should welcome this and you should remedy accordingly.

“The major issue for West Lancashire for the next 4 years is that with no overall control by one party, the excuse that West Lancashire will fall backwards is a fallacy. All party leaders must now work together for once, leaving aside their political views and be proactive in championing our county.

“I have no problem calling out any party or council, whether it’s at Borough or County level when promises of investment and improvements have been taken away, I have even offered an olive branch to work with our County Councillor to gain the much needed drainage upgrades to prevent further flooding, and awaiting a reply.

“Now that Mr Westley is back at County Hall, perhaps he may choose to support this project for which the capital investment funding has been mysteriously withdrawn, why not do something positive and get it reinstated?

“Conservatives who state they are passionate about protecting the environment yet happily apply for permission to build luxury houses on greenbelt land have a rather large “whiff” of hypocrisy and definitely display double standards.

“The past has a funny way of catching up and catching out people. After the embarrassment has passed, is the new Borough Councillor willing to work and support residents helping to prevent further unwanted development in Halsall?

“We will watch with great interest when the new planning committee is announced soon, and it will be quite interesting to see whether our newly appointed councillor becomes a committee member. And whether they are prepared to speak up for Halsall in regards to planning matters or will the whipping boys display their power over the newbies!

Neil Campbell

“Unusual but Independent £11.99 Candidate for Halsall”.

I thought he was bloody good value for money? I doubt any Westley choice can deliver that?

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