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.”
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.