Shirley_bowes_2One of the most quoted anecdotes on election night and in the press the next day was that the Conservative candidate for Tony Blair’s own ward in Sedgefield didn’t get any votes at all. Shirley Bowes doesn’t live in the ward and hadn’t even told her son she was standing but she would have at least needed ten nominations from local voters to be an eligible candidate.

This may have been the first time that someone has had no votes so it was a great little story for Blair in his last election as leader… but was it true?

Several people have now come forward claiming to have voted for her, and the Borough Council can’t use the Scottish defence of the votes being voided by machines!

Deputy Editor

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