Picture Past: February 17, 1967 – MP’s ‘gimmick’ makes Parliamentary history
PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:37 21 February 2017
A gimmick in Parliament made the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from February 17, 1967.
Weston-super-Mare’s MP David Webster made Parliamentary history when he took a short walk across the chamber from the opposition’s seats, and sat down in the Labour Government’s front bench.
Mr Webster had not changed party allegiance though.
His stunt was to make a point about the lack of Government support for the new 10am start time in Parliament, after only three senior Labour ministers showed up.
He said: “I know I may be accused of gimmickry but I wanted to make the strongest protest I could against the Government showing.”
* There was a hitch in the Carlton Street development project, where a petrol station, restaurant and flats were due to be built.
It was announced it may not be completed for another seven years, due to a disagreement between the landowner and developer.
* The cost of donkey rides on Weston’s beach was predicted to go up.
Weston Borough Council set the rates for the rides, but the proprietors said the cost of maintaining the equipment and animals had risen, and they wanted the price to rise to a sixpence.
* The Mercury was so popular it had to be kept ‘under the counter’ at Weston Library because otherwise the copies quickly disappeared.
* Weston had the most sunshine and the least rainfall in all of Somerset during January.
* A Liberal councillor said the apathy towards local elections in Weston was ‘shocking’.
Cllr DJ Walker said attendances at sport event and entertainment was also poor.