Veteran Lib Dem could return for May elections

Malcolm Jevons pictured with his wife Jill Arkley-Jevons.
Malcolm Jevons pictured with his wife Jill Arkley-Jevons.

FORMER Mexborough councillor Malcolm Jevons MBE could be about to make a dramatic return to politics and stand in the May local elections.

Mr Jevons, 67 today, was a Liberal Democrat councillor for Mexborough for 13 years before stepping aside in 2008.

He confirmed this week that he wants to take a more high-profile role within the party, amid rumours that he is considering putting himself forward as an electoral candidate.

He said: “It’s a little bit up in the air at the moment and I would not like to say yes or no to wether I will stand at this stage.

“But I am looking at taking a more active role.”

Should he stand for the Lib Dems, he would be contesting the Mexborough seat currently held by Labour councillor Sue Phillips.

Mr Jevons and coun Phillips were involved in a public row last year when she announced that she was defecting from the Lib Dems to the Labour Party.

He said she was “wrong” to state that the Lib Dems had changed their beliefs.

But coun Phillips hit back and claimed the party had “deserted” their principles by supporting the programme of cuts.

Mr Jevons said this week that if he decides against standing for election, he may instead put himself forward as the agent for the party’s candidate.

He said: “It would be up to the candidate to decide who they want as their agent but it is something I would consider doing.

“I was not all that happy with how the last campaign was run so I think it would be a good idea to have someone experienced as the agent.

“As far as I’m aware the list of candidates has not yet been drawn up, but I would think that is something that will happen very soon.”

Mr Jevons’ wife Jill currently serves as Lib Dem councillor for Mexborough.

The other ward member for the town is Labour councillor David Holland.

Mr Jevons was awarded the MBE in 1996 for his dedication to public and political service.