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Labour Party founder’s great-grandson to stand in Flintshire council elections

THE GREAT-GRANDSON of a Labour Party co-founder is standing for election to Flintshire County Council.

Blair Smillie, who lives in Higher Kinnerton, is standing as Independent candidate on May 3.

After spending a year dedicating his life to a book about Robert Smillie, a 19th century trade unionist who he describes as ‘the unsung hero of the working classes’, Blair decided to try and follow in his famous ancestor’s political footsteps.

He said: “I have always been interested in politics, however I feel the representative of a small community should be apolitical and address the aspirations and concerns of all the people.

“I feel people are sick of politicians being more interested in their own personal advancement than the plight of the people voting them into office.”

Torquil Cowan, a retired headteacher from Halkyn who worked with Blair on the biography Labour of Love, passed away last month.

Blair Smillie (Ind) is standing in the Higher Kinnerton ward against Janet Axworthy (Con), Joanna Hobson (Lib), Paul Jones (Lab) and Phil Lightfoot (Ind).

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