Maryport pub landlord pulls election surprise
Last updated at 19:54, Thursday, 12 May 2011
Maryport landlord George Kemp said he was overwhelmed at the support which saw him gain the highest number of votes for the town’s Netherhall ward in the Allerdale council elections.
Mr Kemp, 55, who runs the Lifeboat Inn on Shipping Brow, stood for election without a political party behind him.
He said he was looking forward to doing what he could for Maryport.
He added: “It is the only reason I stood. I don’t believe in party politics and I will not be working with any party. I will be voting on issues, especially when they affect Maryport.”
He also runs a small sawmill but recently sold his bakery shops on Senhouse Street and Grasslot.
He said he has been concerned in the past about a decline in services in Maryport.
“People coming into the pub told me I should stand for council so I did. I am going to do my best for Maryport,” he added.
Mr Kemp gained the seat held by Labour councillor Jeff Gardener for the past 10 years.
He said it was the first election he had lost.
Mr Gardener added: “I am sad to not represent Maryport. I hope the winning candidate can make good on his promises. I am still on the town council so I have plenty to keep me busy.”
All Maryport’s other sitting councillors kept their Allerdale seats.
The only other new face is Ashley Moore, 65, a former police inspector. He has taken the Labour seat vacated by Carl Holding, who now represents Workington’s St Michael’s ward.
First published at 19:25, Thursday, 12 May 2011
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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Worked in Cumbria for 10 months in 2008 and used the Lifeboat most nights during that period. George Kemp is one of the nicest men i've come across. Good luck with everything you do George. All the best, Mick Bellerby.
Is this the same G Kemp that was the Worlds Biggest Liar Champion ? seems apt then he is now in Politics .
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