WITH 382 first preference votes, first time General Election candidate Liam Dumpleton said “it could have all been so different.”
Mr Dumpleton who had hoped to secure the Labour Party nomination said he does now know if he is still even a member of the party, after the party selected John Whelan.
“I don’t know. They have never contacted me ever. They are here today in front of me, they haven’t spoken to me. They’ve never let me know if I’m in the party or out of the party. They left me I didn’t leave them. This whole situation was so unnecessary. It could have all been so different. If Labour had listened to people it could have all been so different. I have no idea I could be in I could be out,” he said.
Mr Dumpleton told the Offaly Express despite the low number of first preference votes, his head is still held high.
“I’m proud of it, I’d do it again in the morning time. With politics definitely a bug has bitten and I wish whoever is elected here today, the five TD’s I wish them the best. Who knows I could be back here again in three years time,” he said.
Mr Dumpleton said going it alone was difficult. “It just shows independents are on their own. You are up against money you are up against people. You have just got to trust that people will take you message. I’ve no regrets I’m very very happy. I’m very proud of the fact I ran. The results didn’t make a difference I knew I wasn’t going to take a seat. I am a realist. I wanted to test the water to find out what it would be like as a candidate. It was an amazing experience I recommend it to anybody,” said Mr Dumpleton.
He said while he intends to return to his job as a reporter with Midlands 103 politics will definitely feature in the future. “Where and how? I don’t know. There could be another General Election in two years time there are local elections in 2014. It hasn’t gone away, I certainly wont go away. I’m very proud of the fact that I put my name out there.
It takes guts for anyone to put their name forward. I have no regrets whatsoever,” he said.