Old and new: Nigel Hanman say he has been 'dumped' in favour of Sinead Kennedy
SEVEN weeks remain until the city council elections and the Tories are in turmoil.Long-standing Conservative councillor Nigel Hanman, who has represented Grange ward for 12 years, revealed to me on Tuesday that he has been ‘dumped’ by his party ahead of the election.He will now stand as an Independent and hopes his previous electors will vote for the person, not the party.Mr Hanman admitted that he was annoyed by the decision to deselect him in favour of a younger Sinead Kennedy. He joshed: “They know I’m speaking to you and will probably try and take me back but I don’t want to be dumped like this again. That’s why I want to stand as an independent.”It doesn’t take too much digging to realise why Nigel might be a bit cheesed off. As early as October 26 last year Sinead started a new Twitter account called @Sinead4Grange – and her first tweet read: “Many thanks to those who joined me in Grange this morning for some leafleting!”On January 11 deputy leader Jennie Dallimore said that she had enjoyed canvassing Grange ‘with our fab candidate’.Interestingly my spies saw Mr Hanman being spoken to by senior Conservatives on Tuesday night.Meanwhile on the same evening, Conservative councillors Pam Tracey and Paul Toleman, who share the Westgate ward, also came to blows over the installation of new bollards in the city centre.Pam told me that she had reservations about the automatic bollards because it could create access issues for dray lorries and emergency vehicles, while Paul beamed that they were his idea.What a load of bollards!