'Make or break time' for Independents

MANSFIELD businessman Stewart Rickersey has launched a campaign to crack the Labour stronghold on the town.

MANSFIELD businessman Stewart Rickersey has launched a campaign to crack the Labour stronghold on the town.

In a hard-hitting message he told Chad this week: "We have an opportunity that I don't believe will come along again. It's make or break time."

Mr Rickersey the driving force behind last year's mayoral referendum which provided the springboard for mayor Tony Egginton's historic win claims he has identified 19 'winnable' district council seats that could wrestle power away from the ruling Labour group on 1st May.

And he urged residents across the town to stand as independents in their local areas in May's council elections.

"If we can find 25-30 real candidates - and perhaps a few more to field 46 - what you could see is a complete revolution," he said.

But this week defiant Labour group chairman Coun Don Hales said he was confident his party would hold off the latest challenge despite October's mayoral defeat which Mr Egginton won on a second count via the Supplementary Voting System.

Said Coun Hales: "This time it's first past the post and I am sure the Labour voters will come out and support the Labour candidates as they have done in the past."

But Mr Rickersey believes that if his campaign is successful it could ultimately change the town's political landscape.

He said: "My personal vision is to go to a council meeting after May and for 46 people knocking seven bells out of each other, fighting for their areas bringing 46 different problems to Tony. It would be a huge benefit to the town."

Anyone who would like more details about standing as an independent candidate should call Stewart Rickersey on Mansfield 469469 or 07813 103909. Alternatively email stewartr@globalnet.co.uk.