It has finally been confirmed that Robin Coombes will not be standing in the Whiteleas ward election this year. After discussions with the current incumbent Terry Haram, it was felt that two” independent” candidates in the ward would split the vote and allow Labour to take the seat. Robin has done the honourable thing and stood aside to allow Terry a straight win. However, the two will work closely together after the election on issues that affect the ward, with a view to Robin standing unopposed in two years time.
This pragmatic approach deserves praise – we want an opposition in the Council Chamber, not Labour members voted in by default.
Well done Robin – so much for “independent” standing against “independent”.
I am currently collating significant quotes from the Independent Alliance sources, and will update this post later today.