ST ALBANS MP Anne Main has survived a bid by party rivals to oust her from her Parliamentary seat.
The under-fire Tory, currently under investigation for allegedly abusing her expenses, came through a vote by Conservative Party members in London Colney in the last few minutes.
The meeting followed allegations that she allowed her daughter to live rent-free in the St Albans flat she claimed as a second home at taxpayers’ expense.
The point with this case is that her expenses claims have dogged her for years. Finding out that she let her daughter live rent free in her second home was simply the icing on the cake.
She should have been booted out. Her survival has resulted in the local Tory chairman resigning. And opens the door to the Lib Dems. Which of course means you never know if you're going to get a liberal or socialist.
And Lib Dem candidate Sandy Walkington seems to personify this very problem...
One journey took me walking through Transylvania and I saw the impact of the Ceausescus on Romania. Seeing the bitter effects of communist rule first-hand had a profound impact on my political thinking, as did subsequent journeys into eastern Turkey, Iran and the former Soviet republics in the Caucasus.
I joined Friends of the Earth in the 1970’s at the same time as I joined the Liberal Party and I have always belonged to one or other of the major environmental campaign groups ever since.
The Tory party have really let themselves down here. And for little benefit. Because unless the people of St Albans are completely stupid/ignorant there is no way Maine is retaining her seat.