New LD, same old bull
The LibDems never change do they? No sooner has the brilliant Harriett Baldwin been selected as a Conservative candidate in West Worcestershire than the LD cheap attacks begin.
The great irony is that their own candidate isn't from anywhere near Worcestershire himself. Not only has Richard Burt already been rejected by local Lib Dems let alone the wider electorate - they rejected him as their candidate before the last election - but he comes from the Midlands conurbation - he's a councillor in Dudley, where he stood as a candidate for Parliament before - and his wife is MP for Solihull.
Indeed, further examination is even more revealing.
Lorely Burt MP, is described on her own website as "local" to Solihull. Indeed she is described as local to Solihull no fewer than 39 times in her own press releases. Richard "Dirty Trick Dick" lives in Solihull himself. His address is 20 Ashborough Drive, Solihull according to the West Midlands LD website. How can she be local to Solihull and yet her husband is local to West Worcestershire; or is he not?
What is more Mr Burt betrays his rank hypocrisy on his own website. He criticises Harriett Baldwin (most unfairly) for being a "part-time" candidate - something which is particularly amusing given she has not been selected a week - on the basis that she has a job in London.
Check out this link, though. What email address can you contact him at? burtrNOSPAM@parliament.uk I'm intrigued as to how he can get a parliament.uk email address without having a job at Parliament, which as we all know is in the heart of London. Doesn't that make him a "part-time candidate not fit to be MP"?
Indeed, further sleuth work reveals this to be the case. The Register Of Interests Of Members' Secretaries And Research Assistants (HERE) reveals that Mr Burt is either Mrs Burt's (MP for Solihull) secretary or a rsearch assistant for her and notes he is a Councillor in Dudley. Perhaps, to be fair to Mr Burt he can commit full-time to West Worcs, but if that's the case he would have to be neglecting those he represents in Dudley, or failing to do work to justify his parliamentary pass. Is he a taxpayer-funded member of his wife's staff or does he do it out of love or for his local Solihull? And why is he using his taxpayer-funded email address for personal promotion purposes?
What's more, how exactly is Dirty Trick Dick local to anywhere in Worcestershire?
Talk about pots and kettles! West Worcestershire is a fine seat in a fine part of the country. It deserves better than this LD charlatan: Cheap Trick Dick?
UPDATE: Today's local paper makes it quite clear just how inaccurate Cheap Trick Dick's cheap trick is.