Pier star’s Town Hall mission

New Tory candidate Joey Blower with group leader Coun Tony Williams at Blackpool Town Hall
New Tory candidate Joey Blower with group leader Coun Tony Williams at Blackpool Town Hall
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A popular entertainer has vowed “not to bring any more comedy” to Town Hall after being chosen as a candidate for next year’s local elections.

Comedian Joey Blower has officially been endorsed by the opposition Tory group for the 2015 Blackpool Council elections.

However, he says the party he’s standing for is not important and has even called for people satisfied with incumbent councillors to vote to keep them in.

Joey, who is best known for his show on North Pier and whose real name is Mike Simmons, decided to stand for the Conservatives after chatting to group leader Tony Williams.

Explaining his decision to run for the Conservatives, Joey said: “I’m from a Conservative background and it would be my preferred party from a voting stance because I agree with more of their policies than any others.”

However, when it come to local politics he believes personalities matter about party allegiance.

He added: “We’re very like-minded, me and Tony.

“When it comes to local politics it shouldn’t matter what party you are and if your rosette’s red, blue, yellow, purple or even pink.

“And if people are satisfied with a councillor they should stick with them. Don’t judge them on Tory or Labour, you need to judge them on what they’ve done for the past four years.

“I think (the council) needs more high profile people who run businesses in the town that have a better understanding of how it all works.”

Joey, a former Illuminations Switch-On compere, says he would push for more sponsorship for the spectacle if elected, as well as calling for tourist zoning areas to direct families and night-time revellers to the right areas of the resort.

When asked by The Gazette what the feels he can bring to the council, he said: “I can’t bring any more comedy, but I’d like to think I could bring a slightly new approach.”

Commenting on how the role of councillor might clash with his work commitments, Joey added: “I’ve got an awful lot of commitments.

“I’m probably putting myself up to be slaughtered but I really want Blackpool to go in the right direction, so I’m prepared to sacrifice some of my free time.”

Neither Joey or the Conservatives have revealed which ward he will stand in yet, although Coun Williams says he aims to find a “strategic seat” for him.

Coun Williams said: “Joey and I have been discussing the issues facing Blackpool for some time and we agreed on so many points of what should be happening and where this council were failing.

“I am delighted that he has now decided to fight for those changes.

“Joey will be joining lots of new Tory candidates who have real vision and energy.

“The face and ethos of Conservatives in the town has changed.”