Last week an email was delivered to the Burgess Hill Uncovered inbox, the content of which was rather distressing. Anne Jones (don't forget the) MBE has decided to ditch her independent status on Mid Sussex District Council and has aligned herself with the Conservatives.
For years Anne had represented the Liberal Democrats whilst sitting on various councils during her long career in local politics. Sadly, things went sour for Anne and the Lib Dems. It was reported that differences on party policy led to her departure. I think that's technical speak for 'Didn't like the cheap biscuits at the local party meetings'
After going it alone for a while, she's decided that her lone voice wasn't effective on the District Council, hense why she's joined the Conservatives. Is this move about to backfire on her?
She'll be up for re-election in May 2010. In 2007 she was voted onto the council as a Lib Dem, the other successful candidate was the Conservatives' Pru 'I think the refuse collectors did a great job in the snow' Moore. The 2007 data suggests that Leylands Ward is split between the two parties. It may be the case that only one of the two women will be re-elected.
The other factor to consider is that the Conservatives keep cocking up at local level. In 2007 people stupidly re-elected many of the same Conservatives that were doing such a bad job in the previous term, will the voters make the same mistake twice?
The term 'Squeaky bum time' seems rather appropriate to use for both Anne Jones and the rest of the Conservatives serving on the District Council. They have a year to enhance their reputation. Can they do it?