Tory councillor joins Labour to ‘sabotage’ vote

Alan Pearmain
Alan Pearmain

A senior Tory councillor has admitted joining the Labour Party to sabotage its leadership election.

Councillor Alan Pearmain, who has also been criticised for use of offensive language on social media, bragged online that he’d signed up to “vote for the biggest w*****”.

Local Labour party members slammed his actions as “completely dishonest and woefully unacceptable” and have called on the council’s chief executive to look into the matter.

But Coun Pearmain, a Farington Parish Councillor and deputy leader of the South Ribble Conservative Association, told the Evening Post he is “very right wing and anything goes”.

On Twitter he wrote: “As an ex-military person have subscribed to Labour Party at one £ a year. Whoopie! Can vote for biggest w*****. Is Ed putting up again?”

When asked about his actions, he said: “It’s not naughty, I’m quite happy to do it.

“If I can stop someone who wants to ban Trident, leaving the country without any nuclear weapons, who wants to stop fracking, then I will try to sabotage it. I have no issue with it. Are you trying to say that none of them (Labour) have never done anything like this?”

The Labour Party has said Tory councillors will be identified and prevented from having a vote.

Coun Phil Smith, chairman of the South Ribble Conservative Association, said: “If Alan has made some personal comments on Twitter, then they are personal to him.

“If Alan has made inappropriate comments on behalf of the Conservative Party, I’m sure the party will take appropriate action.”

The Conservative Party nationally declined to comment. South Ribble and Farington Parish Councils both said they had not received a complaint.