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Councillor Jennie Dallimore disappointed to face pal Garry Mills in Podsmead election battle

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 28, 2013

By Michael Wilkinson

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Councillor Jennie Dallimore and Garry Mills will go head-to-head in the local elections

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Good friends have become political rivals in a race to win the Podsmead seat at next year’s council elections.

Conservative city councillor Jennie Dallimore, who is deputy leader of the council, has expressed her dismay at finding out that her pal Garry Mills will stand against her for the Labour party.

She said: “I was disappointed to learn that Garry was standing against me and to find that he had not felt he could tell me, despite five years of a working relationship.

“Clearly, I want the best for Podsmead and the electorate will decide who that will be. My only hope is that he will put the residents needs above political ambition.”

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After sharing her dismay with friends, Mrs Dallimore had a change of heart and tweeted her 920 followers to say: “I have learnt today that I have such an amazing support network in family, friends and my community who have more faith in me than me.”

Mr Mills, who is chairman of the Gloucester branch of the Royal British Legion, said he was ‘saddened’ by how his friend Mrs Dallimore felt.

He said: “I am very respectful of Jennie. She has done some really good work for Podsmead and I intend to fight a straight campaign.

“I hope that we can take the seat back for Labour. We should never have lost it in the first place.

“I still consider her a friend and it should make no difference although it will be difficult for her and I. I’m very saddened that she feels this way.”

Local elections will take place in May 2014. A seat in all 15 of the city’s wards will be contested. In total there are 36 councillors. European elections will be held on the same day.

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  • glosgirl23  |  November 28 2013, 8:02PM

    Jenni has shown her strength in her work for Podsmead...it would have to be someone that could match her determination and commitment for Podsmead to be a threat before taking anything else into account.

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  • RWT1203  |  November 28 2013, 2:46PM

    Jennie added: "I was disappointed to learn that Garry was standing against me and to find that he had not felt he could tell me, despite five years of working relationship". Why should he not stand against you? Your friendship is not the important factor here, ensuring your electorate have a good choice of candidate is! It seems to me that you see Garry as a big threat to your position.

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