The Liberal Democrat PPC for Weston-Super-Mare, Mike Bell, has resigned from that role, although he will continue as a councillor. The Bristol Post reports:
Dad of two Mr Bell, who lives in the town, posted on social networking sites his decision to stand down as parliamentary candidate for the seaside resort with immediate effect.
Mr Bell thanked his supporters said: “I have resigned as Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Weston super Mare due to work and family commitments.”
Mike was the party’s candidate at the last General Election in 2010, increasing the Lib Dem vote by nearly 3,000.
HIs full statement on his public Facebook page said:
Hi everyone, just to let you know, I have resigned as Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Weston-super-Mare with immediate effect due to work and family commitments. I’ve enjoyed the role over the past few years but just cannot commit the time needed to the job at the moment. I remain committed to working to improve Weston and North Somerset – and to getting regime change at the Town Hall!
Weston-Super-Mare was held by Liberal Democrat Brian Cotter from 1997-2005.
In other news, Conwy Council Cabinet Member Mike Priestley has defected to the Labour Party:
Wales Online says:
Mike Priestley, a Cabinet member on Conwy council, said in a letter to residents that he had been “struggling personally” with the Liberal Democrats nationally since they went into coalition with the Conservatives four years ago, finding himself becoming more distant from their policies.
He said: “I am a former trade union branch chairman and I feel like I am coming back to my roots.
“As both a councillor and a Cabinet member, I have had the privilege of working alongside the First Minister Carwyn Jones. Under his leadership, Labour in Wales is delivering real help for Conwy. Working alongside Ed Miliband as Prime Minister in 2015 there is real hope for the future.”