Tory councillor spotted on Question Time when he should have been at committee meeting

A true blue Tory councillor and parliamentary candidate has been caught red handed skipping his council duties to watch Question Time.

West Lancashire Borough councillor Sam Currie was due to be at a meeting of the authority’s ‘corporate and environmental overview and scrutiny committee’ last night.

Currie sent his apologies to the committee, which discussed important local issues like crime, public services and the Labour administration’s plan to mitigate Tory austerity.

His fellow committee members no doubt presumed that there was a good reason for his absence.

But the rising star of the local Tories, who was was pictured campaigning alongside Theresa May when he stood unsuccessfully at the general election, has been caught out.

‘Soundbite Sam’, as he has become known locally, was spotted by in the audience of last night’s edition of Question Time by one eagle-eyed viewer.

After trying and failing to get Dimbleby’s attention, this Tory TV star wannabe might reflect that his time would have been better spent asking questions that mattered to residents of the ward he represents.

We suspect they might now have a few questions for him…

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