It seems as though it isn't just the Labour party who are making a hash of the local elections for the new, all powerful Northumberland unitary council. I am pleased to bring you news of a big falling out in Tory ranks on Tynedale Council, one of the authorities about to be axed under Labour's abolition of local government policy.
Michael Walton, leader of the Conservatives on Conservative controlled Tynedale, has gone independent. “I just want the chance to represent my people," he told the local newspaper. (Presumably his people no longer includes Conservative people!)
Councillor Walton will have an official Conservative standing against him in the elections on 1st May.
More news of the self destructive tendencies of the Con Labs in Northumberland to follow shortly......