Father announces candidacy on Pointless show

The Northern Echo: John Hart John Hart

A FATHER has used his appearance on a prime-time gameshow to announce his candidacy in next year’s local elections.

John Hart found out he had been selected by the Labour party to stand for the Tow Law ward in the Durham County Council elections two days before he and partner Suzanne, 29, were due to appear on BBC 1’s Pointless.

The show, which is due to be aired tonight (NOV 26) at 5.15pm, was recorded in June and Mr Hart, 30, who lives in Stanley Crook with his teacher wife and their 13-month-old son Noah, said it was the first time he publicly announced his candidacy.

Mr Hart said: “I was very excited about being selected and when the host Alexander Armstrong asked me what I did in my spare time it just sprang into mind.

“If elected one of my main aims would be to raise the profile of Tow Law and the neighbouring hilltop villages and I can’t think of a better start then giving them a name check on a prime-time TV Show.”

Mr Hart, who previously helped to start a cinema club in his village, said a graffitied street sign made him want to stand for election.

He said: “I want to stand up for this area and be a strong voice for my community.

“A few months ago I saw a street sign in Stanley Crook that had graffiti on it but nothing was done about it for a long time.

“It made me realise that this area needs to be better represented and that’s what I want to do.”

In the gameshow Mr Hart and wife had to provide correct answers to questions that few other people had thought of, one of which was the area’s former MP Hilary Armstrong.

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2:51pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Voice-of-reality says...

By declaring his candidacy at this juncture he moves from being 'a spokesman' for the ward to 'a candidate'. Accordingly, he becomes liable from tomorrow for all expenses incurred in his 'pre-campaign' ie. between now and the declaration of the election as part of his election return. That should mean that the residents of the ward get substantially less unwanted mail from him between now and April.
By declaring his candidacy at this juncture he moves from being 'a spokesman' for the ward to 'a candidate'. Accordingly, he becomes liable from tomorrow for all expenses incurred in his 'pre-campaign' ie. between now and the declaration of the election as part of his election return. That should mean that the residents of the ward get substantially less unwanted mail from him between now and April. Voice-of-reality

1:07pm Tue 27 Nov 12

IanfromCrook says...

Good luck to him, hope he promotes growth and employment for the people in his ward. Hope he does not get dragged down into the vortex that seems to happen in local politics where inertia is the norm. Let the glass be more than half full.
Good luck to him, hope he promotes growth and employment for the people in his ward. Hope he does not get dragged down into the vortex that seems to happen in local politics where inertia is the norm. Let the glass be more than half full. IanfromCrook

1:07pm Tue 27 Nov 12

IanfromCrook says...

Good luck to him, hope he promotes growth and employment for the people in his ward. Hope he does not get dragged down into the vortex that seems to happen in local politics where inertia is the norm. Let the glass be more than half full.
Good luck to him, hope he promotes growth and employment for the people in his ward. Hope he does not get dragged down into the vortex that seems to happen in local politics where inertia is the norm. Let the glass be more than half full. IanfromCrook

5:36pm Tue 27 Nov 12

kuub33 says...

"Voice-of-reality" -- well aren't you just a ray of sunshine... You sound very sure of yourself. Why do you have a problem with him? He seems like a decent bloke.
"Voice-of-reality" -- well aren't you just a ray of sunshine... You sound very sure of yourself. Why do you have a problem with him? He seems like a decent bloke. kuub33

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