Former Worcester Mayor dumped by Tories

Councillor Aubrey Tarbuck: not fighting St Peter's for the Conservatives

Councillor Aubrey Tarbuck: not fighting St Peter's for the Conservatives

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards Exclusive by , Political Reporter

A FORMER Mayor of Worcester is dumping his membership of the city's Conservatives - after being told he will not be allowed to re-contest his council seat in May.

Councillor Aubrey Tarbuck, one of the city's most outspoken politicians, has been "de-selected" for his safe city council seat of St Peter's.

The veteran Tory, first elected to the council in 1964, has hit out at a selection panel and claims the party thought the 83-year-old was "too old" to stand again.

Worcester Conservative Association has refuted the allegations and insists the process was entirely fair and above board.

Cllr Tarbuck was attempting to defend the seat again but was told several days ago he'd missed out during a hotly contested selection process.

He says he will allow his membership of the city's Conservative branch to lapse at the end of March and has not ruled out standing in St Peter's as an independent.

"I told them at the first selection meeting that I thought they'd de-select me and that's what happened," he said.

"I got to the executive stage and I didn't like the questions they were asking me, it was quite abrasive and the feeling I got was 'you're too old'".

"They didn't want to know, that's the way I see it. Some of them have only been there five minutes."

He says in recent days the party has asked him to reconsider his membership, and offered him the chance to stand in the safe Labour seat of St John's.

"They've been asking me to stand there instead and reconsider my membership but right now I'm not inclined to do that," he said.

"They haven't been kind to me. I'm sticking with that."

Cllr Tarbuck's selection process was handled by a six-strong panel of members, including former veteran councillor Mary Drinkwater and current politician Marc Bayliss.

Councillor David Tibbutt, chairman of the association, who was also involved in the procedure, said: "Everyone was handled fairly, it was all above board and the process followed was entirely correct.

"Everyone who reaches the end of their term either gets selected again or not, there's no such thing as being 'de-selected'.

"He's been a fantastic councillor for 40 to 50 years."

Councillor Roger Knight, a fellow St Peter’s politician, said: "After so many years associated with the city council dating back as far as the 60s, I sincerely wish Aubrey health and happiness for the future and if he does decide to retire may he thoroughly enjoy it."

The new Conservative St Peter's city council candidate is Mike Johnson, a retired former NHS worker and chairman of the Friends of Power Park group.

Cllr Tarbuck, who attended the Royal Grammar School in Worcester, used to work in the county council's audit department and at Lloyd's bank as a senior officer.

First elected in 1964 to Nunnery, he lost his seat in 1971 before re-joining the council in St Peter's in 1998.

He was the Mayor of Worcester in 2005/06.

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9:51am Mon 10 Mar 14

green49 says...

The usual stab in the back when the CONservatives have no further use for you.
The usual stab in the back when the CONservatives have no further use for you. green49
  • Score: 3

11:44am Mon 10 Mar 14

BrownSauce says...

I hope that he fights back and stands as an Independant, just to show these Tory dictators that it is the public who have the last say.
I hope that he fights back and stands as an Independant, just to show these Tory dictators that it is the public who have the last say. BrownSauce
  • Score: -2

11:48am Mon 10 Mar 14

CJH says...

Glad he's going. Let's hope whoever replaces him actually lives on St Peters, not over the other side of the river. We need someone who knows what it's like to be here for more than just the odd visit.
Glad he's going. Let's hope whoever replaces him actually lives on St Peters, not over the other side of the river. We need someone who knows what it's like to be here for more than just the odd visit. CJH
  • Score: 4

12:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Party statement CJH.
I have known Aubrey Tarbuck for many years, and he has been known as a political loose cannon. And yes the CON-servatives using all sorts of tricks have been trying to get rid of Aubrey for years, since he doesen't fit the snug Tory mantra, or he actually dares to disagrees with some of their political actions, and while not being like other puppet Tory Councillors Aubrey has actually been a true representative of his wards.
Perhaps St Peters will have yet another CON-servative yes man parachuted into their ward as they did when Marc Bayliss and George Cowley (now CON-servative yes men) after their miraculas political conversions from New Labour, Marc not having the political B...s to stand for re-election in the Arboureetum, was then pushed into St Peters Safe Ward. And George now sees all the CON-servatives do as wonderful as long as they pay his rent, Council Tax and give him benefits of £200+ per week. Some good values there then. I feel that George might think differently if he were in Sheltered accomadation and being threatened by huge cuts by his new CON-servative friends?
Party statement CJH. I have known Aubrey Tarbuck for many years, and he has been known as a political loose cannon. And yes the CON-servatives using all sorts of tricks have been trying to get rid of Aubrey for years, since he doesen't fit the snug Tory mantra, or he actually dares to disagrees with some of their political actions, and while not being like other puppet Tory Councillors Aubrey has actually been a true representative of his wards. Perhaps St Peters will have yet another CON-servative yes man parachuted into their ward as they did when Marc Bayliss and George Cowley (now CON-servative yes men) after their miraculas political conversions from New Labour, Marc not having the political B...s to stand for re-election in the Arboureetum, was then pushed into St Peters Safe Ward. And George now sees all the CON-servatives do as wonderful as long as they pay his rent, Council Tax and give him benefits of £200+ per week. Some good values there then. I feel that George might think differently if he were in Sheltered accomadation and being threatened by huge cuts by his new CON-servative friends? Jabbadad
  • Score: 2

2:25pm Mon 10 Mar 14

The Villan says...

He has been a councillor for 50 years and has to be applauded for serving the electorate. However, isn't it about time 'new blood' is introduced into local politics with a finger on the pulse for the interests of younger generations, who are the future of the city.
He has been a councillor for 50 years and has to be applauded for serving the electorate. However, isn't it about time 'new blood' is introduced into local politics with a finger on the pulse for the interests of younger generations, who are the future of the city. The Villan
  • Score: 6

3:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

The villan, it would be the case if that is how local politics are played out, and since nothing could be further from the truth, it is better to have someone who's first loyalty is to the Ward not the Party.
The villan, it would be the case if that is how local politics are played out, and since nothing could be further from the truth, it is better to have someone who's first loyalty is to the Ward not the Party. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

5:31pm Mon 10 Mar 14

grumpy woman says...

He is never seen round St Peters, unlike Roger Knight who works so hard. And he failed to protect the residents interests because his priority was west of the river.
He is never seen round St Peters, unlike Roger Knight who works so hard. And he failed to protect the residents interests because his priority was west of the river. grumpy woman
  • Score: 7

5:52pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

I agree about Roger Knight, however Aubrey Tarbuck was voted in by the St Peters electorate time and time again, and it was up to them to get rid of him not the Tory machine. Like I said they, the so called democratic Tories have been trying to get rid of Aubrey for years, while being happy with the EX-Labour councillor who never used to have a good word to say about the CON-servatives..
I agree about Roger Knight, however Aubrey Tarbuck was voted in by the St Peters electorate time and time again, and it was up to them to get rid of him not the Tory machine. Like I said they, the so called democratic Tories have been trying to get rid of Aubrey for years, while being happy with the EX-Labour councillor who never used to have a good word to say about the CON-servatives.. Jabbadad
  • Score: -3

9:19am Tue 11 Mar 14

reflector says...

A fine record of service by Aubrey and although I don't share his politics, I do have some sympathy with the Tories on this one. If re-elected, I guess he would be 87 when his term of office is up and, with the best will in the world and however fit and alert he may be, that is quite an age to be dealing with the complexities of Council business in this fast moving world.

A bit like giving up driving, judging when to retire is difficult for all of us. Until last year, I chaired the governing body of a school just outside the county boundary. Although only a chicken compared with Aubrey (I am only 71), I judged that that the school needed someone who could summon more vigour and clear thinking in these challenging times and, although I was urged not to, I decided it was time to give up the chair and also not seek re-election as a governor to give my successor a free reign. After 23 years as a governor, it was quite a wrench but hopefully, I will be remembered as someone who knew when it was time to go rather than hang on passed my sell by date until I was pushed.

I am sure it was the right decision for the school and for me, too, as I can now devote more time to the various voluntary activities with which I am involved.
A fine record of service by Aubrey and although I don't share his politics, I do have some sympathy with the Tories on this one. If re-elected, I guess he would be 87 when his term of office is up and, with the best will in the world and however fit and alert he may be, that is quite an age to be dealing with the complexities of Council business in this fast moving world. A bit like giving up driving, judging when to retire is difficult for all of us. Until last year, I chaired the governing body of a school just outside the county boundary. Although only a chicken compared with Aubrey (I am only 71), I judged that that the school needed someone who could summon more vigour and clear thinking in these challenging times and, although I was urged not to, I decided it was time to give up the chair and also not seek re-election as a governor to give my successor a free reign. After 23 years as a governor, it was quite a wrench but hopefully, I will be remembered as someone who knew when it was time to go rather than hang on passed my sell by date until I was pushed. I am sure it was the right decision for the school and for me, too, as I can now devote more time to the various voluntary activities with which I am involved. reflector
  • Score: 7

9:44am Tue 11 Mar 14

denon says...

Perhaps it has sometning to do with the fact that he doesn't even live in worcester city
Perhaps it has sometning to do with the fact that he doesn't even live in worcester city denon
  • Score: 4

3:09pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Well thats never worried the CON-servatives before.
Well thats never worried the CON-servatives before. Jabbadad
  • Score: -4

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