Save Cllr Andrew Curtin: Petition launched to rescue popular councillor from political axe
PUBLISHED: 09:02 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:02 27 November 2013
An impassioned petition to save the political career of one of Havering's most popular councillors has been launched by residents this week.
Conservative Cllr Andrew Curtin, cabinet member for culture, towns and communities, was struck from the 2014 local election candidature list by the Romford Conservative Association in a controversial purge to the group.
The Romford Town ward councillor was one of 13 prominent Tories - including other cabinet members and past and present mayors - to have been de-selected by their own party.
But the petition, created by anonymous “community” supporters of Cllr Curtin, is calling for Cllr Curtin’s immediate reinstatement.
“This is a fight for a man that has worked hard for his community for over 15 years,” the petitioners write. “Andrew is not only a key figure within Romford but has done inspirational work for the artistic community of Havering. He has paved the way for innovation and grassroots activities whilst protecting traditional values.”
They added the petition was not created by Cllr Curtin or his “affiliates”.
When the de-selection was announced in July, Cllr Curtin said he had “raised very serious concerns about Romford Conservative Association with the national Conservative Party” - but refused to be drawn into any mud-slinging.
In the weeks after the announcement, the Recorder was inundated by letters from residents objecting to Cllr Curtin’s de-selection.
The culture and nature enthusiast has overseen a number of admired initiatives in the borough including protecting the borough’s libraries during rounds of council spending cuts.
Visit the petition at www.ipetitions.com/petition/reinstate-andrew-curtin/