Decades of tradition at Harborough District Council is set to be broken this spring after the Tories decided to dump a Fleckney councillor – the council’s vice-chairman – ahead of the upcoming local elections.In the accompanying photograph Mr Smith appears badly pixelated (come to think of it, that may be why he was deselected), but it is possible to make out that he has a magnificent handlebar moustache. We are talking Sir Gerald Nabarro or Jimmy Edwards here.
For many years, convention at the council has dictated that the vice-chairman will always take on the chairmanship the following year.
But news emerged this week that Harborough Conservative Association had deselected Cllr Smith ahead of the May 5 polls.
What can it all mean?