Today a reader kindly sent me a link to a story about a Labour candidate in the same ward who has admitted that he was once jailed for a drug offence. That story is in the Derby Telegraph and you can also here the Labour candidate, Balbir Sandhu, interviewed on BBC Radio Derby (at about 7:15 a.m.)
I suspect that reader intended to demonstrate that Labour are as bad or worse than the Tories, at least in this corner of Derby, but the picture is not so clear. Because Sandhu's conviction took place 27 years ago and he appears to have owned up to it quite freely.
Is someone with such a conviction fit to be a councillor? Ultimately that is up to the people of Normanton, but if the circumstances are as reported in the Derby Telegraph I would not rule the idea out.
So I cannot agree with the Liberal Democrat candidate who is quoted as saying:
"If we are talking about honesty in politics, the whole point is to clean up politics. I believe that anyone convicted of a serious crime should not have the opportunity to represent the people of our city. The candidate should immediately stand down.