Brimingham Lib Dems withdraw support from their candidate
City Liberal Democrat activists
have withdrawn their support for candidate Nicola Davies in next
Thursday's by-election. Some members are refusing to deliver leaflets,
stuff envelopes on the streets of Hodge Hill because she works for the
mobile phone industry.
The Erdington branch leadership, which is running a
campaign against phone masts in the local area accused the party of
Charles Kennedy predictably gave his party's candidate
a ringing endorsement, and called on activists to unite around Nicola
Local election candidate for the Lib Dems, Tony Foley,
told the local paper "
We feel it would be hypocrisy to
involve ourselves in a campaign to elect a person associated with the
erection of mobile phone masts when, across this city, Liberal Democrats
have been fighting to stop them from being placed in residential areas.
"We feel like we have been betrayed
by our party. How can I look people in the eye and ask them sign our
petitions when we have this candidate?"
The selection of Ms Davies -
nicknamed "Nokia" by opponents - has already been slammed by the
influential Birmingham Residents Against Masts lobby group. Members
heckled Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy during a campaign
walkabout at the Fox and Goose shopping centre last week.
The group, which claims masts are
linked to ill-health, say that two years ago she actively pushed for
Orange to win consent for a mast next to St Nicholas School, in
Bold-mere, Sutton Coldfield and are holding a demonstration this
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