The saga began last year when a Liberal Democrat County Councillor in Waterside defected to the Conservatives – refusing to stand down for a by-election. He is now the Conservative candidate in the Waterside District Council by-election after the local Liberal Democrat District Councillor stood down.
Since the election was called Norman Lamb’s Liberal Democrats have named two different people as their candidate. The official candidate has been nominated by the former councillor on official documents.
If that wasn’t confusing enough, the wife of the former Lib Dem councillor (and a former Lib Dem candidate herself) is now running as an independent – even though her husband stepped down because he was busy with other commitments, suggesting it was nothing to do with national politics.
Denise Burke, Labour’s candidate for the Waterside by-election, said: “This has turned into a game of political musical chairs for the coalition parties with nobody knowing where they stand. Unlike the other candidates, my priorities for Waterside are clear, and with Labour you know where we stand”.
With four weeks to go until the Waterside by-election, who knows what twist this ConDems saga will take next.
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