Former mayor quits politics

Robert Wynne
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LONG-serving councillor and former mayor Robert Wynne has announced he is pulling out of politics.

LONG-serving councillor and former mayor Robert Wynne has announced he is pulling out of politics.

After 20 years on the council, Coun Wynne will not stand for re-election for the Squires Gate ward in May bringing to an end 75 years of town hall service by the Wynne family.

The Liberal Democrat followed his father Edmund into politics and the pair are the first father and son to have been mayors of the town.

Coun Wynne, who raised an unprecedented £500,000 for charity during his year as first citizen, said he had become “disenchanted” but still hopes to serve the town in other ways.

He said: “I want to remain very active in all the exciting things that are happening in Blackpool and I also want to be active in local charities. I just don’t want to do it as a councillor any more. I will always be passionate about Blackpool.

“I am disenchanted with party politics, especially at a local level and want to see if I can find a more constructive way to be involved in local affairs.

“My year as mayor really opened my eyes to all the good work being done outside the world of party politics and made me realise most of the arguments between political parties are silly, irrelevant and false and generally do no good locally whatsoever.”

During his years in office Coun Wynne spent seven years as chairman of Sandcastle Waterworld which now generates a substantial income, campaigned against the £1m subsidy to the Winter Gardens and for better sea defences for the town.

As mayor in 2007/08 he became famous for his unique tangerine jacket and raised £500,000 for an MRI scanner for children at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

He owns a number of local businesses including West Coast Rock Cafe in Abingdon Street.

Following the death of Bloomfield ward’s Lib Dem councillor Doreen Holt last month, it leaves the group with only one incumbent councillor – leader Douglas Green – to fight the May local elections.

Coun Green said: “I am sorry to see Robert go but I understand his reasons for wanting to do other things. We will be fighting Squires Gate to win both seats, and are hoping to put strong candidates in Bloomfield to replace the excellent work done by Doreen Holt.”