‘Vanity project’ jibe over Morecambe Town Council by-election

ELECTION ROW: Roger Dennison.
ELECTION ROW: Roger Dennison.

An upcoming by-election is a waste of taxpayers’ money, claims the leader of the largest political group on Morecambe Town Council.

Roger Dennison said his Morecambe Bay Independents (MBIs) will not be standing in the Heysham North by-election because they don’t believe it should even take place.

The by-election was called after Paula Kerr, an independent, resigned from the town council.

David Brayshaw, chairman of Morecambe Carnival committee, will be standing for Labour against David Porter, the UK Independence Party’s candidate.

But eyebrows were raised when the MBIs did not put a candidate forward.

Councillor Dennison said: “We don’t want to charge the rate payers £5,000 for a vanity project. It will make no difference to the overall balance of the council.

“There will be another election six months from now.

“The costs of this by-election are directly payable by the people of Morecambe. It seems wholly inappropriate in times of public expenditure crisis, to spend money on an election.”

Councillor Darren Clifford, a town councillor for Labour, said: “If anyone is going to talk about wasting taxpayers’ money, it’s the MBIs.

“They have given up on Morecambe but we’re not going to.”

The by-election will be held on October 30. It will be paid for out of a council tax precept awarded each year to Morecambe Town Council, but the cost of the council elections in May will be borne by Lancaster City Council’s purse.