Its always interesting to read a story in the press about yourself, espcially to see the difference between what you think you said and what has actually come accross, but imagine reading a story telling everybody that your about to up-sticks and move elsewhere. That was how Parmjit Dhanda found himself this morning on reading the Citizen.
There are a number of by-elections coming up, and Parmjit has been linked with the seat in Leicester, but while he was asked if he would consider it, he very resolutely turned it down, however the press seem to have ignored this small fact and have been telling everybody he is off.
I must admit, when I saw the story, my heart sank as I have a lot of respect for Parmjit, I do see him as a Mentor figure as well as a friend and when I need advice on what to do in a given situation or even just a chat about progress in general then he has always been a great source of information and good sense. I could not blame him for considering other seats, he was a parliamentarian for a long while, and Leicester would be a much safer seat than Gloucester, and the opportunity to “have a crack” must have been tempting.
However, it would seem not. I’m very pleased to say that the whole story about him leaving is nonsense. He has lived in Gloucester for over 10 years, his two children were born here and he considers Gloucester as his home. I admire the fact that when he was asked if he would consider standing, his response was no. No If’s or But’s, he is determined to win back his seat, even if it means waiting a while for the next election.
Richard Graham must have felt tremendously relieved at reading the paper this morning, but I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he finds out the story is wrong!!!