Perhaps one of the most prominent members of the Tameside Mafia is Sean Parker-Perry, and today he is standing for election in the Longdendale Ward.
Local blogs No Mottram Bypass & Active Longdendale (a parody and expose of Sean's own Active Longdendale blog) have recently been publishing a series of articles on this most interesting of Councillors:
Questioning the motives and necessity of the touted 'environmental clean-up' group Active Longdendale
Revealing the previous role of Stalybridge and Hyde MP James Purnell in Active Longdendale, and the removal of material linking him to it from his website
Revealing Sean's dabblings on the internet and general shit-stirring from his computer in Purnell's office
Noting his failure (up until last week) to campaign on the Bypass issue
Looking at the funds raised - but not noticeably spent - by Active Longdendale
Sean may well win tonight - Longdendale is a very 'safe' seat indeed - but the evidence accumulated by these blogs has surely strained the relationship between Sean and his employer Purnell. By removing information about Sean's pet project from his website, Purnell has begun to distance himself from Sean. It will be interesting to see just how long Sean can last, even if he is elected for another term later tonight.
(Thanks to No Mottram Bypass for use of the image above)
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