The Eccentric Party gains a seat on St Ives Town Council...and there could be more to come

St Ives Town Councillor Deborah Richardson, has become the first ever Eccentric Party of Great Brita

St Ives Town Councillor Deborah Richardson, has become the first ever Eccentric Party of Great Britain councillor, with (left) Lord Bungle, and (right) Lord Toby Jug, - Credit: Archant

The Eccentric Party of Great Britain will be represented on a council for the very first time.

St Ives Town Councillor Deborah Richardson, has become the first ever Eccentric Party of Great Brita

St Ives Town Councillor Deborah Richardson, has become the first ever Eccentric Party of Great Britain councillor, with (left) Lord Bungle, and (right) Lord Toby Jug, - Credit: Archant

Deborah Richardson, otherwise known as Lady Jezebel Fortescue Luxury Yachts, was elected four years ago as an independent councillor on St Ives Town Council, but announced this week that she would be switching to the controversial party.

“I like the honesty of the Eccentric Party,” she said.

“It’s a lot of fun and engages young people in the political process and shows that politics is for everyone.”

The party’s policies include draining swimming pools once a week for non-swimmers, fighting obesity by adding super glue to lip balm, and making shoppers wear clown outfits to cheer people up.


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Lord Toby Jug, party leader, said: “It’s a massive achievement for the party. It’s a great step forwards, great step sideways and a great step backwards; we’re a very confused party.”

Despite her switch, Ms Richardson, who is also treasurer of the party, is not concerned about losing her constituents’ support.

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“I think the constituents are quite aware that the independents are all a little eccentric anyway,” she said.

“I’m sure they will be more than happy that I’ve shown my true colours.”

Lord Jug added: “We get lots of smiles, lots of support. People come up to us and say we are doing a good job. I’d rather have a thousand smiles than a thousand votes.”

In fact, he says he has had emails from two other councillors who are considering switching in May.

In the meantime, Ms Richardson has been focusing on the new Wetherspoon development in Market Hill.

“There’s a real lack of power at the town council to prevent the arrival of the monolith of alcohol purveyors Wetherspoon, to ruin the picturesque, historic and unique ambience of beautiful St Ives,” she said.

“We don’t want bland and boring Wetherspoon; we want historic, traditional eccentric pubs in St Ives. Not a pub super chain.”

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