Senior Eastbourne Tory quits in ‘frustration’

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A long standing politician has resigned as chairman of the Eastbourne Conservative Association due his frustration that a candidate has not been selected for any forthcoming General Election.

David Elkin, the current deputy leader of East Sussex County Council, quit this week citing his commitments at County Hall and his frustration at what he called “incomprehensible delays” in selecting a parliamentary candidate for Eastbourne and Willingdon.

Caroline Ansell lost the seat for the Conservatives earlier this year and Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd is the current MP.

The reason a Conservative candidate has not been being selected is believed to be down to potential changes to boundary changes which are looming.

But Mr Elkin said he had had enough.

In his resignation letter he said, “The fact we are not currently able to select a parliamentary candidate for the constituency frustrates me greatly, and the rumour that selection may not be possible until next summer is simply unacceptable and incomprehensible to me.”

Mr Elkin, who also represents Sovereign ward at the county council, said the coming months at the county council would be difficult and take up more of his time.