Friday, 9 April 2010

Bernard Theobald Stands for Local Council in Referendum on His Record

The former Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Bernard Theobald, Independent (Wold View Ward), together with his wife, Mrs. Deborah Theobald, are both standing for election for seats on the district council.

Cllr. Theobald is hoping to be re-elected as councillor for the Wold View ward on Thursday, 6th May 2010. He stood down from leading the authority last December, blaming an investigation by the Lincolnshire Echo into a planning application he submitted for his decision.

Cllr. Theobald faces stiff competition from Conservative candidate Mr. Tom Regis with Mr. David Kitchen for standing for the Liberal Democrats - who was kicked out of his seat by Deputy Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Burt Keimach, Conservative (Market Rasen Ward) in the 2008 local elections.

Mrs. Theobald has thrown her hat into the ring in the Market Rasen ward against current Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Adam Duguid, Conservative (Market Rasen Ward), who called for her husband to resign following the publication of the paper's article.

The Mayor of Market Rasen, Ken Bridger, who was kicked out of office last year by voters as the area's County Councillor, has also been nominated as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Market Rasen Ward.

Also joining the poitical battle at this election is Mrs. Cheryl Shore, the wife of Leader of the Opposition, Cllr. Reg Shore, Liberal Democrat (Stow Ward) - who is tardily engaged as the Liberal Democrats Candidate for the Parliamentary seat of the Lincoln Constituency. Mrs. Shore will contest the Scampton ward as a Liberal Democrat against local parish councillor Mr. Roger Patterson. the Conservative candidate. In a ward which was left vacant by the previous Liberal Democrat councillor who resigned in such a way that the ward has been without representation for six months.

The ruling Conservatives hold 19 seats, the Liberal Democrats have 13 seats, Cllr. Theobald's Independent Group has 2 seats and there is 1 unaffiliated Independent (and one vacancy).

A third, twelve in all, of the seats will be decided at the ballot box on Thursday, 6th May 2010 and Cllr. Theobald told the Lincolnshire Echo he was confident he had worked well for his constituents.

"We need to look very carefully at the use and misuse of public money.
"I think I have a very good track record which stands me in good stead. I think I have served the public very well in the last 11 years.
"It's the first time my wife has stood and she feels very strongly, again having stood on the sidelines, about what has gone on. She is horrified by what she sees as the misuse of position within councils"

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