Pits’n’Pots In Conversation With – Stoke-on-Trent North Conservative PPC Andy Large

In our ‘In Conversation’ General Election Special Series we bring you this 3 part video interview with the Conservative PPC for Stoke-on-Trent North Andy Large.

Andy gives us his open and honest views on his chances against stalwart Labour MP Joan Walley.

We also hear how, in Andy’s opinion, the regeneration of Stoke North is key to the future and the aspirations of the electorate.

Andy also tells us of his battle with cancer and how coming through a disease that has devastated so many lives, has made him a stronger person and how he hopes that it has made him a better politician.

MPs expenses, the recession, David Cameron, bankers bonuses, education are all featured in this in depth 3 part interview.

David Jack Resigns As PPC For Stoke-on-Trent North And As Chair Of The Local Lib Dems


In a shock announcement this evening, I can confirm that David Jack, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Stoke-on-Trent, has resigned.

Mr Jack has also resigned as Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent Liberal Democrats.

He had cited professional and personal issues as the reason for his decision. But more details are now emerging.

Mr Jack is known to be locked in a legal dispute with a number of companies after exposing a story on his Stoke North Liberal Democrats website.

It seems that Mr Jack has been embroiled in an email exchange with another party where racist and abusive language was allegedly used by Mr Jack.

Mr Jack denies that he sent the emails. Tonight he claimed that he ‘was out on the lash’ with twenty other individuals at the time when the alleged emails were sent.

He also claims that he is a victim of a smear campaign in relation to a upcoming court hearing to be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice on March 24th.

Mr Jack claims that there are a number of companies that have acted illegally with regards to consumer debt.

He said that he makes no apologies for protecting the interests of consumers.

Mrs Christine Grocock is likely to replace him as local party chair. There has been no further announcement regarding who will replace Mr Jack as PPC for Stoke-on-Trent North.

According to Channel 4 news’s Political Reporter, Cathy Newman, the Liberal Democrats have launched an investigation into the matter and are not ruling out further disciplinary action at this stage.

Stoke Libdem’s turn to Jack!

Exclusive Audio Interview Now Online!

Stoke-on-Trent Liberal Democrats have today entered a new era with the appointment of David Jack as Chairman of the party.

Jack is also the Perspective Parliamentary Candidate for Stoke-0n-Trent North.

He takes over from Christine Grocock who retires from the post having served for three years. She will now revert to the role of Vice-Chair. Paul Billington will takes on the responsibility for press and media.

Jack faces a considerable task to expand the party membership over the coming months. He will also co-ordinate the party election campaigns for both City Council and the General Elections.

Earlier today I caught up with David and put several tough questions to him about his appointment and the task that faces him in turning the Libdems into a force in the political scene of Stoke-on-Trent.

Listen to this exclusive Audio Interview: