Former Labour councillor bids to become Brexit Party MP

Posted On 03 Jul 2019 at 2:51 pm

A former Hove Labour councillor has been shortlisted by the Brexit Party to become one of their parliamentary candidates.

Tom Bewick was vocal in his support for Brexit while representing Westbourne ward, but quit the party two months ago, partly over the party’s reluctance to endorse leaving the EU. He had already announced he would not be contesting his seat.

On Sunday, Mr Bewick was one of 100 men and women who walked through a Brexit Party rally having been introduced as the party’s future candidates.

None of them have been named by the Brexit Party, and the tweet above posted by one of the 5,000 attendees has since been deleted.

Mr Bewick declined to comment and referred queries to the Brexit Party press office, which said: “Candidates are currently long-listed. At this stage no seats have been allocated.

“We will be releasing the full list of PPC names against the seats they will contest in due course.”

In 2017, he put his name forward to become Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown, but was beaten by Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who has been outspoken in calling for a second referendum.

Like the Brexit Party MEPS, he also has strong opinions about national anthems, having tweeted last year: “Watching the big cup final – national anthem playing, God Save the Queen.

“My six-year-old daughter says she doesn’t know it! That’s how anti-patriotic and PC our schools system has become. Shocking really.”

Mr Bewick had formerly been the council’s education spokesman, a role he stepped down from following the reversal of controversial cuts to the youth service.

He was previously the chief executive of Dragons Den tycoon Peter Jones’ academy, the National Enterprise Academy, but quit alleging financial mismanagement.

Mr Jones denied the claims, which an investigation found no evidence of, and said the pair had fallen out over a string of arguments, including the purchase of a leather sofa for Mr Bewick’s office.

Before that, he was an adult skills advisor to Tony Blair’s government.

Although most if not all of his local Labour colleagues were staunchly pro-Remain, including MPs Peter Kyle and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, last week, his local Labour group, the Hove Constituency Labour Party (CLP) passed a motion urging the party to honour the 2016 referendum result.

At the 2016 referendum, 68.6% of people voting in Brighton and Hove opted to remain.

  1. Gordon Reply

    I for one am astonished our schools do not teach six year olds how to sing God Save The Queen. This truly is political correctness gone mad. By the age of four I could sign God Save the Queen, Land of Hope and Glory, I Vow To Thee My Country and about 200 other patriotic tunes. If I got so much as a word wrong I was lashed with a wooden board. And it never did me, or Mr Bewick any harm. In fact, I am sure we both think about the days we were lashed with a wooden board as we recline on our leather sofas to the soothing melodies of God Save the Queen. When oh when will someone save us from this anti-patriotic nightmare?

    • John Reply

      Gordon. You sound a bit of an extremist. Why not start evening classes to teach the National Anthem?

  2. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    First he wanted to close down Hove’s Carnegie Library (and outraged residents by claiming that his children had run screaming from it), now this!

    When he quit the Council he left residents to infer that he wanted to spend more time with his money.

    I cannot see his getting anywhere in Hove and Brighton on this sudden Brexit return, although he might take botes from Labour in some areas.

  3. Chris P Reply

    Why should schools teach the national anthem? Surely if his 6 year old daughter doesn’t know it (and he feels its so important) that is more a case of bad parenting than poor education.

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