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BEATTIE THREATENS TO FCUK UP WOLVES ELECTION

16-02-2010

The leader of Wolverhampton Council and the city’s next mayor are both in the firing line as Trevor Beattie - the man behind the FCUK ad campaign - gears up to extract his revenge after being snubbed by the local authority last year. Beattie's offer to keep open Underhill House – the home of 106-year old Louisa Watts – was rejected out of hand.

The Brummie born former Wolverhampton student, has talked ever since about launching a “name and shame” campaign against the 32 Tory and Lib Dem councillors who voted to close the home - but in fact only seven are up for election this May.

They do, however, include some of the city’s highest profile politicians.

The biggest scalp would be Council chief Neville Patten (Bushbury North) and his wife Patricia Patten (Penn).

Also up for election is the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Malcolm Gwinnett (Spring Vale) who is due to be Mayor – if he survives.

The Tory deputy leader Barry Findlay (Tettenhall Regis) and Cabinet Member for Leisure Matthew Holdcroft are also standing, along with Christine Mills (Merry Hill) and Andrew Wynn (Tettenhall Wightwick).

Beattie hasn’t yet revealed how he’ll launch his challenge, but sources close to the advertising executive confirmed last night that he is serious about the idea, having been outraged by the decision to evict some of the city's oldest residents at the height of a bitterly cold winter.

Louisa Watts’s son Derek is also planning to challenge as an independent in Wednesfield North.

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