Letter: Politics got a lot nastier since David Hennigan turned up again
Date published: 07 January 2017
Politics has just got a lot nastier in Rochdale now Lib Dem spin doctor David Hennigan has turned up in town - again.
I can’t understand why local Lib Dems, most of whom are quite nice people, put up with him. Mr Hennigan isn’t even a Rochdale resident. He lives in Manchester. Perhaps he should stick to peddling his nasty brand of personal and offensive politics to the big city.
He’s hardly a success story, is he?
He was the Lib Dem agent for former MP Paul Rowen - and look what happened to him. He lost his seat to Labour after just one term.
Mr Hennigan then turned his talents to getting Lib Dem councillors elected in Manchester. They promptly lost every single seat they held on the council.
He slinked back to Rochdale to try and help get Andy Kelly elected to Parliament at the last general election. What happened? Kelly slumped from a close second to Labour to a pathetic fourth place. The Lib Dem vote dropped from 15,800 to a paltry 4,600. Labour won with the biggest majority ever held by any MP since the constituency was created under the Great Reform Act of 1832.
Last May, in one of the dirtiest Lib Dem local election campaigns seen for a long time in the town, Mr Hennigan boasted they were going to take seven seats from Labour. They won just a single seat while Labour won 16 out of the twenty up for grabs.
Rochdale and the Lib Dems deserve better than Mr Hennigan’s nauseating type of gutter politics. It’s about time they sent him packing again.
Councillor Allen Brett
Deputy Leader of Rochdale Borough Council
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