Lib Dem to step down from Worcester City Council

Worcester News: The Guildhall: Ken Carpenter is not standing for re-election The Guildhall: Ken Carpenter is not standing for re-election

A WELL-KNOWN Worcester councillor has revealed he is quitting next month - after taking a parting shot at the city's Conservatives.

Ken Carpenter, a Liberal Democrat who played a huge part in dumping the Tories from power last May in favour of a new Labour administration, says he will walk away from the Guildhall with his head held high.

The 68-year-old, who represents Claines, has a busy day job working on specialist systems which prevents planes from crashing, and says work and family reasons are behind his decision to step down and not stand for re-election.

Back in 2012 the Liberal Democrats agreed to back a minority Conservative administration in a pact at the city council.

But last year the group stunned the city's political scene by switching sides, saying they no longer had confidence in the Tories.

Mr Carpenter said: "When we decided to support the Conservatives it was a matter of arithmetic.

"As the year went on, we saw the way the Green councillor behaved (Neil Laurenson, who sided with Labour) and it became clear that there was a choice.

"We could not see ways in which the Conservatives were actively planning for a council which could promote Worcester in four or five years time.

"We had more confidence Labour would make decisions the way we'd prefer them to be made, they had much more energy, it's been much more congenial, it's much better."

Mr Carpenter is also a former Malvern Hills district councillor for eight years in the 1980s, and at the time led the town's Lib Dem group.

A mathematician by trade, he spent a chunk of his life working at the Met Office on climate change modelling before moving into air traffic management.

"There's a long list of reasons why I'm stepping down but the main one is the demands on my time," he said.

"I still have a day job and I have grandchildren."

Worcester's Conservative group, which has attacked the Lib Dems by claiming they talk "in riddles", say they are "disappointed" he is not defending his seat.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Tory group deputy leader, said: "I'm disappointed he's running away from the electorate.

"Due to what he did last year it's a shame he's not facing the voters."

The local elections take place on Thursday, May 22.

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11:01am Wed 23 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

WHAT A "B........Y" AUDACITY from Marc Bayliss even from a CONservative

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Tory group deputy leader, said: "I'm disappointed he's running away from the electorate.
"Due to what he did last year it's a shame he's not facing the voters."
Marc must also have a bad memory since he ran away from the voters in the Arbouretum when he jumped ship and joined the CONservatives, who when as a labour Politician he had politcally slagged them off.
WHY didn't Marc stand in the Arbouretum as a CONservative?
Why did he get parachuted by his buddy Simon into ST Peters a very safe CONservative ward?
How can he criticise any other councillor?
WHAT A "B........Y" AUDACITY from Marc Bayliss even from a CONservative Councillor Marc Bayliss, Tory group deputy leader, said: "I'm disappointed he's running away from the electorate. "Due to what he did last year it's a shame he's not facing the voters." Marc must also have a bad memory since he ran away from the voters in the Arbouretum when he jumped ship and joined the CONservatives, who when as a labour Politician he had politcally slagged them off. WHY didn't Marc stand in the Arbouretum as a CONservative? Why did he get parachuted by his buddy Simon into ST Peters a very safe CONservative ward? How can he criticise any other councillor? Jabbadad
  • Score: 5

11:22am Wed 23 Apr 14

marthajones says...

The nasty party have been given extra venom by Bully Bayliss. Who's motto is the best form of Defence is attack , not a good word to say about anyone , they are getting desperate and it shows in their comments in this rag of late. how rich Well done Ken for all your hard work. The Monster Eyed loons will breathe a sigh of relief once your gone.
The nasty party have been given extra venom by Bully Bayliss. Who's motto is the best form of Defence is attack , not a good word to say about anyone , they are getting desperate and it shows in their comments in this rag of late. how rich Well done Ken for all your hard work. The Monster Eyed loons will breathe a sigh of relief once your gone. marthajones
  • Score: 4

2:50pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Shropshirelad says...

Who on earth is Ken Carpenter, I have heard about him today for the first time and I have lived in Worcester from the year dot. He is quite obviously a ball of fire but can anyone tell me what his accomplishments as a Lib Dem councillor have been - that is, apart from playing a part in getting the Tories dumped. At least now, he has got his name in the paper.
Why can't we get rid of the whole sorry lot on the council and start again from fresh with UKIP calling the tune, they cannot be any worse than the present lot or those in the past.
Who on earth is Ken Carpenter, I have heard about him today for the first time and I have lived in Worcester from the year dot. He is quite obviously a ball of fire but can anyone tell me what his accomplishments as a Lib Dem councillor have been - that is, apart from playing a part in getting the Tories dumped. At least now, he has got his name in the paper. Why can't we get rid of the whole sorry lot on the council and start again from fresh with UKIP calling the tune, they cannot be any worse than the present lot or those in the past. Shropshirelad
  • Score: -5

3:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

CJH says...

Shropshirelad wrote:
Who on earth is Ken Carpenter, I have heard about him today for the first time and I have lived in Worcester from the year dot. He is quite obviously a ball of fire but can anyone tell me what his accomplishments as a Lib Dem councillor have been - that is, apart from playing a part in getting the Tories dumped. At least now, he has got his name in the paper.
Why can't we get rid of the whole sorry lot on the council and start again from fresh with UKIP calling the tune, they cannot be any worse than the present lot or those in the past.
If you've lived here from the year dot why are you called Shropshirelad? So you've never been to any of his lectures, never read his books (about Worcester), never read about him in the WN? Have you been down a hole in the ground?
[quote][p][bold]Shropshirelad[/bold] wrote: Who on earth is Ken Carpenter, I have heard about him today for the first time and I have lived in Worcester from the year dot. He is quite obviously a ball of fire but can anyone tell me what his accomplishments as a Lib Dem councillor have been - that is, apart from playing a part in getting the Tories dumped. At least now, he has got his name in the paper. Why can't we get rid of the whole sorry lot on the council and start again from fresh with UKIP calling the tune, they cannot be any worse than the present lot or those in the past.[/p][/quote]If you've lived here from the year dot why are you called Shropshirelad? So you've never been to any of his lectures, never read his books (about Worcester), never read about him in the WN? Have you been down a hole in the ground? CJH
  • Score: 0

5:26pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Paul Griffiths says...

@CJH

I suspect you may be thinking of Jeff Carpenter.
@CJH I suspect you may be thinking of Jeff Carpenter. Paul Griffiths
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5:44pm Wed 23 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Tory group deputy leader, said: "I'm disappointed he's running away from the electorate.

I suppose Marc doesn't see the irony in his comment? After his overnight conversion form Labour to Conservative wasn't he running away from his electorate when he failed to stand again in Arboretum?

Perhaps such hypocritical comments only reveal the unprincipled and self-serving nature of some of our local politicians.
Councillor Marc Bayliss, Tory group deputy leader, said: "I'm disappointed he's running away from the electorate. I suppose Marc doesn't see the irony in his comment? After his overnight conversion form Labour to Conservative wasn't he running away from his electorate when he failed to stand again in Arboretum? Perhaps such hypocritical comments only reveal the unprincipled and self-serving nature of some of our local politicians. i-cycle
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Thu 24 Apr 14

High Time says...

CJH wrote:
Shropshirelad wrote:
Who on earth is Ken Carpenter, I have heard about him today for the first time and I have lived in Worcester from the year dot. He is quite obviously a ball of fire but can anyone tell me what his accomplishments as a Lib Dem councillor have been - that is, apart from playing a part in getting the Tories dumped. At least now, he has got his name in the paper.
Why can't we get rid of the whole sorry lot on the council and start again from fresh with UKIP calling the tune, they cannot be any worse than the present lot or those in the past.
If you've lived here from the year dot why are you called Shropshirelad? So you've never been to any of his lectures, never read his books (about Worcester), never read about him in the WN? Have you been down a hole in the ground?
You have got the wrong Carpenter. Jeff Carpenter was a past Mayor of Worcester who wrote books and gave lectures and was a member of the Labour Party. And the question is have you ever been to any of his lectures?
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shropshirelad[/bold] wrote: Who on earth is Ken Carpenter, I have heard about him today for the first time and I have lived in Worcester from the year dot. He is quite obviously a ball of fire but can anyone tell me what his accomplishments as a Lib Dem councillor have been - that is, apart from playing a part in getting the Tories dumped. At least now, he has got his name in the paper. Why can't we get rid of the whole sorry lot on the council and start again from fresh with UKIP calling the tune, they cannot be any worse than the present lot or those in the past.[/p][/quote]If you've lived here from the year dot why are you called Shropshirelad? So you've never been to any of his lectures, never read his books (about Worcester), never read about him in the WN? Have you been down a hole in the ground?[/p][/quote]You have got the wrong Carpenter. Jeff Carpenter was a past Mayor of Worcester who wrote books and gave lectures and was a member of the Labour Party. And the question is have you ever been to any of his lectures? High Time
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