The fall-out from the revelation that Cllr Steven Jones signed the BNP's North Road candidate's nomination papers continues.
Most people I've spoken to think that Cllr. Jones gave a credible account of himself here on this blog and indeed in his Echo piece, and did the right thing when he conceded that he had been incredibly foolish.
In the dock now however are the LibDem hierarchy in the town, who need to answer the following questions;
(1) Why did they sit on the information that one of their candidates had signed the BNP's papers for over a week?
(2) Had the information not been released to the press by Labour, when exactly did they intend informing the residents of North Road?
(3) The Darlington LibDem website is regularly updated (most recently to remove the items about this sorry saga - there's transparency for you). So how come the site still pretends that Steve Jones is an official LibDem candidate? Isn't that an attempt yet again to mislead local voters?
I've been passed a copy of Steve Jones' first leaflet as an independent candidate. It would be easy for me to take a few cheap shots, but in fact he's done very well to get a leaflet out under his own steam in such a short period of time. I wonder how happy the official LibDems will be that Steve is still cheekily using the LibDem logo...?
Finally, a campaigning snippet from North Road. Labour canvassers report that a few residents have pledged their support for LibDem Councillor Fred Lawton, "because he told us that he secured the money to rebuild North Road Primary School." (sic) As always with the Fibs, the bigger the whopper the better.
Needless to say, Labour's campaigning team have been putting people straight.
UPDATE - Sunday 29 April 20:10
Presumably prodded into action by this post, the LibDem hierarchy have finally corrected the candidate information regarding North Road.
If only getting them to tell the truth in their leaflets or on the doorstep were so simple....