Party Political Candidate
night the Conservative Association met to finally choose
their new PPC. The
final choices were Les Byrom, previous PPC and long time
member of the conservative party, Alf Doran Formby’s councilor,
Mark Stuart Bigley, also a young member, although tied to
politics for most of his adult life.
After a long and hot session Mark Bigley, who was
considered the outsider, won and he is now the new PPC.
There had been 10 candidates originally and they went
through a three-interview process, so the choice was not
is 33, supports
Liverpool FC and is engaged to be married to Alison next
when asked whether she realized what she had let herself in
for replied, “Marks been involved with politics
throughout the time I’ve known him, and I will be
supporting him all the way, my own Marketing and Management
skills will help with the campaigns to come”.
to date, include, Sefton Chamber of Commerce Advisory
Council member, Investment Manager for Wigan Borough
Partnership, Town Centre Manager Wigan Borough Partnership,
Town Centre Manager for Southport TCM Enterprise Scheme,
which includes the building of the Princess Diana Memorial
Gardens. He is also a Managing Director of a company called Upshots
and partner in Stubbs Enterprises.
day after, we were invited to the press conference that this
at. The first
question asked was how he felt to have been picked, and in
reply, he said, “That it was a privilege to
represent his home party in his home town”.
He was also asked which platforms he would
campaigning with, and he replied with the usual Education,
Health and Transport, but when asked if he was for Southport
withdrawing from Sefton he replied “I believe that
Southport should be able to determine it’s own future
and finances, if this means that we should withdraw
from Sefton then so be it”.
He was also asked whether he thought the Southport
party were a threat, and he replied that only in that they
have given the people of Southport a platform for Southport.
He hopes to focus on Southport as part of his own
forum and this should negate the Southport Parties main
asked about his youth with comparison to other parties or
previous candidates, he replied “Politics is still
important to younger people and they should be involved in
politics, but also maybe it’s time to have younger view in
politics for the country.
Anyway age should not be an issue”.
he has only been a member of the Conservative party for 12
months he has been involved with politics most of his life,
and when asked whether he was Left or Right wing within the
party he replied, “I don’t want to be pigeon-holed
I am a conservative. You decide whether I’m left or right
wing I don’t think like that”.
He also pointed out that robust political debate
within the party is healthy and helps to sort out policy and
keeps it representative of the public.
only reason I have only recently joined the party is that
previously I have had little opportunity or time, to do so.
His political hero is Michael Heseltine because he
stood up for himself, was not a sycophant and actually got
some things sorted out, such as urban renewal, and the city
view on Europe is not to go with the single currency, but to
have a free trade economy.
Keep the pound. Cannabis should not be legalised because this sends out the
wrong message to the youth in this country, if you make
Cannabis legal, you move the line of what is acceptable,
where do you draw the line.
punishment should be bought back for certain crimes,
multiple murders, and child killers that sort of thing, but
only when proved beyond a doubt.
Corporal punishment as well should be bought back, as
in his opinion teachers have lost control of the classroom
and the kids now rule there, after all “They had the
cane when I went to school, and we were far better behaved
than the kids are today”.
response to the railways, they should be privatized, after
all businesses have more resources now than the government.
We need better integration of transport to bring more
money into Southport therefore improve transport further.
to the question of Asylum seekers, “Those who are
legitimate seekers then they should always be granted
asylum, but those who are abusing the system, the fakers if
you will must be kept out.
As to the Euro Police force that is to keep illegal
asylum seekers out of the country, patrolling the waters
around Britain and Europe, they are a good idea”.
our final question which of course was about the internet,
and it’s place in business and politics.
He said “The internet is as much a
part of business as the telephone or the fax, and all
businesses, should they be solely on the net or unconnected
to the net, should be treated the same way and by the same
all the risks are identical, although some of your overheads
by E G Lyon-Taylor, Photographs by Patrick Trollope.