The party is over as ‘For Darwen’ folds

Stephen Potter

Stephen Potter

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THE leader of political group the For Darwen Party has announced it has folded.

Stephen Potter said the party was ‘no longer sustainable’ due to diminishing membership numbers.

Mr Potter and the rest of the party’s members will seek to form the Darwen branch of UKIP, capitalising on the party’s success at last month’s elections.

The For Darwen Party was launched in 2007 by businessman and former LibDem Tony Melia and was instrumental in the setting up of Darwen Town Council.

It also helped to oust the Labour-led Blackburn with Darwen Council when it entered into a coalition with the Conservatives and LibDems to take control. But a number of defections led to the party’s downfall and ultimately it lost all its seats on both the borough and town councils in 2012.

Former Earcroft town councillor Mr Potter, of Birch Hall Avenue, said: “It is sad that we have had to call time on the party and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in it over the years for their hard work and dedication.”

He said he had looked at a number of options before deciding to join UKIP.

“We looked at various parties and we have been in contact with UKIP for quite a while now. It is growing in Darwen. We will be putting candidates up in every ward in both the borough and town council elections and I reckon we could steal quite a few seats.”

Mr Potter said he would be attending a meeting next week of the Rossendale and Darwen branch of UKIP taking place in the town.

He is not yet a member of the party.

He said: “The response from the people of Darwen to UKIP has been good and it is not going to be a flash in the pan.”

Mr Melia said: “It is sad to see For Darwen go but it has achieved what it set out to achieve, which was a council for Darwen and to bring new things into the town.

“When you look at Darwen now compared to before the For Darwen Party, it is thriving. But I can’t say I am surprised the party is folding, although UKIP would not have been my personal choice.”

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11:38am Wed 4 Jun 14

hasslem hasslem says...

did that new stadium ever happen?
did that new stadium ever happen? hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 7

1:06pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

Once Ted Ward stopped funding the party it imploded. The planning permission for a link road from Darwen FC to the motorway followed by demolishing the Anchor ground for housing never materialised.

Strange that with all the weird and wonderful things For Darwen promised (anyone else recall the Planetarium?), they never actually put Ted Ward's reason for bankrolling the party in any of their leaflets.
Once Ted Ward stopped funding the party it imploded. The planning permission for a link road from Darwen FC to the motorway followed by demolishing the Anchor ground for housing never materialised. Strange that with all the weird and wonderful things For Darwen promised (anyone else recall the Planetarium?), they never actually put Ted Ward's reason for bankrolling the party in any of their leaflets. Excluded again
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

Excluded again wrote:
Once Ted Ward stopped funding the party it imploded. The planning permission for a link road from Darwen FC to the motorway followed by demolishing the Anchor ground for housing never materialised. Strange that with all the weird and wonderful things For Darwen promised (anyone else recall the Planetarium?), they never actually put Ted Ward's reason for bankrolling the party in any of their leaflets.
Ted Ward "bankrolled" the party with funds other than his own! Hence the demise of Darwen FC after 134 years.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Once Ted Ward stopped funding the party it imploded. The planning permission for a link road from Darwen FC to the motorway followed by demolishing the Anchor ground for housing never materialised. Strange that with all the weird and wonderful things For Darwen promised (anyone else recall the Planetarium?), they never actually put Ted Ward's reason for bankrolling the party in any of their leaflets.[/p][/quote]Ted Ward "bankrolled" the party with funds other than his own! Hence the demise of Darwen FC after 134 years. Ian the Beancounter
  • Score: 5

1:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Angusam says...

It's no wonder this folded, "For Darwen" didn't actually do anything FOR DARWEN thats why noones voted for them. What has this party actually done for Darwen?
It's no wonder this folded, "For Darwen" didn't actually do anything FOR DARWEN thats why noones voted for them. What has this party actually done for Darwen? Angusam
  • Score: 5

2:17pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Corsetmaker says...

What did the ForDarwen party do? well... the major thing the party did was massage their own ego's and pay themselves a nice wage...I remember the election leaflet i got through my door once which complained about the horrific traffic/parking issues on Pot House... when the picture clearly showed the road outside The Punch pub on Chapels and all the cars... were the residents cars.... Doh.
What did the ForDarwen party do? well... the major thing the party did was massage their own ego's and pay themselves a nice wage...I remember the election leaflet i got through my door once which complained about the horrific traffic/parking issues on Pot House... when the picture clearly showed the road outside The Punch pub on Chapels and all the cars... were the residents cars.... Doh. Corsetmaker
  • Score: 3

2:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Sue Lee says...

They called it For Melia in our local watering hole!

Can't think of a better job lot of numpties to form the nucleus for UKIP!
They called it For Melia in our local watering hole! Can't think of a better job lot of numpties to form the nucleus for UKIP! Sue Lee
  • Score: 1

6:30pm Wed 4 Jun 14

mark1024 says...

now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?
now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use? mark1024
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Wed 4 Jun 14

child44 says...

mark1024 wrote:
now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?
That's a good shout.
[quote][p][bold]mark1024[/bold] wrote: now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?[/p][/quote]That's a good shout. child44
  • Score: 0

8:03pm Wed 4 Jun 14

child44 says...

Didn't Michael Johnson have something to do with setting it up?
Didn't Michael Johnson have something to do with setting it up? child44
  • Score: 2

8:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

mark1024 wrote:
now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?
Not so easy, I'm afraid. The case would need to be made to government who are reluctant to remove an authority without a strong body of evidence.

At the very least it would require another referendum which is on no-one's list of priorities in to spend taxpayers' money on.

Darwen people were told clearly what powers a Town Council would have. But the majority preferred to either believe For Darwen's fantasies or could not be bothered voting at all. So Darwen is likely to have a Town Council for some time to come.
[quote][p][bold]mark1024[/bold] wrote: now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?[/p][/quote]Not so easy, I'm afraid. The case would need to be made to government who are reluctant to remove an authority without a strong body of evidence. At the very least it would require another referendum which is on no-one's list of priorities in to spend taxpayers' money on. Darwen people were told clearly what powers a Town Council would have. But the majority preferred to either believe For Darwen's fantasies or could not be bothered voting at all. So Darwen is likely to have a Town Council for some time to come. Excluded again
  • Score: 3

7:04am Thu 5 Jun 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Excluded again wrote:
mark1024 wrote:
now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?
Not so easy, I'm afraid. The case would need to be made to government who are reluctant to remove an authority without a strong body of evidence.

At the very least it would require another referendum which is on no-one's list of priorities in to spend taxpayers' money on.

Darwen people were told clearly what powers a Town Council would have. But the majority preferred to either believe For Darwen's fantasies or could not be bothered voting at all. So Darwen is likely to have a Town Council for some time to come.
four legs good - two legs better.

now labour have control - you are all in favour of it. total hypocrites
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark1024[/bold] wrote: now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?[/p][/quote]Not so easy, I'm afraid. The case would need to be made to government who are reluctant to remove an authority without a strong body of evidence. At the very least it would require another referendum which is on no-one's list of priorities in to spend taxpayers' money on. Darwen people were told clearly what powers a Town Council would have. But the majority preferred to either believe For Darwen's fantasies or could not be bothered voting at all. So Darwen is likely to have a Town Council for some time to come.[/p][/quote]four legs good - two legs better. now labour have control - you are all in favour of it. total hypocrites hasslem hasslem
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11:03am Thu 5 Jun 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

Let's be magnanimous. They gave us a few good belly laughs along the way - the massive football stadium which was to be built on Robin Bank, complete with a shopping mall, hotels and restaurants - the Planetarium which was to be built, I believe, somewhere in the vicinity of the Town Hall - the regular Morris Dancing displays (as an attraction to out-of-town shoppers!). Then there were the hilarious reports of infighting within the party - and who can forget Michael Johnson's comical attempts to distance himself from FDP when he didn't get his way! Oh, how we laughed!!
Let's be magnanimous. They gave us a few good belly laughs along the way - the massive football stadium which was to be built on Robin Bank, complete with a shopping mall, hotels and restaurants - the Planetarium which was to be built, I believe, somewhere in the vicinity of the Town Hall - the regular Morris Dancing displays (as an attraction to out-of-town shoppers!). Then there were the hilarious reports of infighting within the party - and who can forget Michael Johnson's comical attempts to distance himself from FDP when he didn't get his way! Oh, how we laughed!! Ian the Beancounter
  • Score: 5

2:41pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Progressive Penguin says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
mark1024 wrote: now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?
Not so easy, I'm afraid. The case would need to be made to government who are reluctant to remove an authority without a strong body of evidence. At the very least it would require another referendum which is on no-one's list of priorities in to spend taxpayers' money on. Darwen people were told clearly what powers a Town Council would have. But the majority preferred to either believe For Darwen's fantasies or could not be bothered voting at all. So Darwen is likely to have a Town Council for some time to come.
four legs good - two legs better. now labour have control - you are all in favour of it. total hypocrites
Can you read?! "In favour" is hardly an accurate reflection of the comments you've quoted
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark1024[/bold] wrote: now can we get rid of the darwen town tea meetings... erm darwen town council.... that they caused us to pay more council tax for... that has no power or use?[/p][/quote]Not so easy, I'm afraid. The case would need to be made to government who are reluctant to remove an authority without a strong body of evidence. At the very least it would require another referendum which is on no-one's list of priorities in to spend taxpayers' money on. Darwen people were told clearly what powers a Town Council would have. But the majority preferred to either believe For Darwen's fantasies or could not be bothered voting at all. So Darwen is likely to have a Town Council for some time to come.[/p][/quote]four legs good - two legs better. now labour have control - you are all in favour of it. total hypocrites[/p][/quote]Can you read?! "In favour" is hardly an accurate reflection of the comments you've quoted Progressive Penguin
  • Score: 1

2:42pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Progressive Penguin says...

Dregs of For Darwen going with UKIP - colour me shocked! Another bunch of liars who are in it for themselves rather than the benefit of the electorate they cliam to represent
Dregs of For Darwen going with UKIP - colour me shocked! Another bunch of liars who are in it for themselves rather than the benefit of the electorate they cliam to represent Progressive Penguin
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Thu 5 Jun 14

CapitaBackHander says...

I got my bum out and voted no. I never understood what it was for. If they were fighting for Darwen then you should just vote for the right councillor/MP who cared about Darwen. Bunch of Naïve folk voted - the type that pay a travelling salesmen upfront to do their driveway. The problem is that my council tax went up!
I got my bum out and voted no. I never understood what it was for. If they were fighting for Darwen then you should just vote for the right councillor/MP who cared about Darwen. Bunch of Naïve folk voted - the type that pay a travelling salesmen upfront to do their driveway. The problem is that my council tax went up! CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 1

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