Fitzy issues ‘come and get me’ plea to Conservative party in Northampton

Councillors David Mackintosh and Jonathan Nunn working on Eamonn Fitzpatrick's market stall. ENGNNL00120121029154856
Councillors David Mackintosh and Jonathan Nunn working on Eamonn Fitzpatrick's market stall. ENGNNL00120121029154856

Popular Northampton market trader and political campaigner Eamonn ‘Fitzy’ Fitzpatrick says he is considering joining the Conservative party.

The 64-year-old, who has stood as an independent candidate in the past two General Elections, said he was feeling “a bit of a lost soul” and was willing to join the local Tory party as he thought they were “doing a good job”.

Fitzy, who is due to retire as a market trader in March, said: “I’ve stood as an independent twice but it’s so hard on your own.

“I don’t think the Conservatives are doing a bad job. I think they are the only party that seems to listen and they have really helped out the market traders. I think the free parking in the town centre has been a great idea.

“If they approached me, I would be wiling to join them.”

Fitzy said he would “never” join the Labour party as he had “not forgiven them” for the Iraq war. He said he had been approached by the Liberal democrats on a number of occasions but said he had no interest in joining them.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Concil, said it was good to hear that Fitzy was pleased with what the Conservatives were doing to help revitalise the town centre.

He said: “There is still much more to do to make the town centre the place we would all like it to be, but measures such as these are making a difference to local traders and making the town centre a more attractive place to shop and do business.”