Roland Spencer lives in a large house in a particularly affluent area, close to me in fact, and made his money in construction and property development. He's been a local councillor since the mid-80s, a former mayor and is currently the leader of the local council, and has been since 2006 and is the current Leader of the Conservative Group. Mark Spencer's political pedigree however doesn't end there.
NepotismHis mother Jennifer Jane Spencer is also serving on the local council, was also Mayor (15 years after her husband), and current 'Business Champion', whatever that means! With his parents, is it any surprise that he has been selected as the local Conservative Parliamentary Candidate?
Mark Spencer himself is no newbie to politics, elected to local council in 2003, and regional in 2005 (Nottinghamshire County Council), he's been at this for a while and is aiming for a hat-trick of local, regional and national seats.
I have met Roland Spencer and he's a decent and likeable enough chap, but you don't get out of the property development business during the boom years and into politics unless there's money in it, and you don't set your wife and son onto your career path, unless there's a decent living in it.
Perhaps it is because I am a staunch Monarchist, but there is something that I find distasteful about powerful families, or at least more than one in any nation, and for one family to hold all the power in one region is a little troubling. Should Mark Spencer be elected, the Spencer's would have the local council and constituency sown up.
PoliciesPerhaps this power and money explains why Mark Spencer's leaflet was on A3 paper, whereas all the others (Labour, UKIP, BNP, none from Lib-Dems yet) were on standard A5. The leaflet has the Conservative slogan of Change emblazoned across the top, but like the Conservatives and Cameron in general, it is eye catching and looks the part, but offers precious little in terms of substance.
But at least his leaflet was the right one, the BNP were kind enough to send me a leaflet for an area that I do not live in and for a candidate I cannot vote for. Hardly inspires confidence when everyone else has managed it correctly.
Like the other leaflets I've received, the Conservative one only further convinced me that politics in Britain is broken, full of corruption and nepotism and only really serving the interests of those elected, not the electorate.