Former mayor will stand for UKIP in Horwich by-election
A FORMER mayor who has previously been a member of both the Liberal Democrats and Labour will now stand for the controversial UK Independence Party (UKIP) in a by-election.
He was the Mayor of Horwich from 2000 to 2001 and stepped down as a town councillor in 2010.
But after briefly joining the Horwich Labour group earlier this year, he will now represent UKIP in the election for the vacant Church Ward seat.
Mr McGeehan, who previously stated he “did not fit in” with the Labour group, said: “I joined UKIP because all of their national policies fall in line with my beliefs, and that has not been the case in the past.
“But I think at this level party, politics are quite irrelevant — it should all be about the personality and I believe I am the best person for the job and have the most experience.”
Mr McGeehan, who runs a sweet shop in Horwich town centre, said he has “a lot of respect” for the town council and hopes he can join it once again. If successful, he would become the first UKIP councillor in the borough.
Mr McGeehan will go up against Liberal Democrat candidate Doug Bagnall in the election.
Mr Bagnall, aged 43, who also lives in Horwich, said he had “no problems whatsoever” with Mr McGeehan’s move to UKIP, adding that “he is just doing what he feels is right.”
“I am not afraid to say what I think and I think that for the tax we pay, we get very little of it back in Horwich — I’d like to see more money given to Horwich and then we can do things with it,” Mr Bagnall said.
He also believes the Labour group wants to get rid of town councils, adding: “If people want to keep their town council — they shouldn’t vote for Labour and should vote for the Liberal Democrats.”
As reported in The Bolton News yesterday, Anne Galloway will represent the Conservatives, Keith Cocker will represent the Green Party, and Andrew Morley will represent Labour.
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