This has absolutely nothing to do with the name calling and featuring in the Daily Mail though, it's because he's a recovering alcoholic and the timing is purely coincidental, honestly, truthfully, seriously, would I lie to you? Look.....
It is with a deep sense of both relief and regret that I resign with immediate effect from South Tyneside Council, the Conservative Party and frontline politics.I think that might his way of saying "I was pissed when I did it". He called the former Tory PPC for Stockton North a moron on Twitter once too it seems.
It will come as no surprise to many of you that I am a recovering alcoholic. I recognise that public life is of no benefit to my recovery, and in turn I am of no benefit to public life. I must step aside.
I’ve fought many opponents in my political career. Alas, the biggest one was always staring me in the face. I have always failed to beat alcohol.
I have represented the people of Cleadon and East Boldon since I was 21 years of age. I will always have a great passion for our villages and, indeed, our borough.
However, it is now my focus to concentrate on saving my life and helping other alcoholics within our region to deal with this evil illness in a constructive way. There is hope for all of us.
If you have found yourself in the firing line of my disgraceful behaviour, then I apologise unreservedly."
Hat Tip: Curly's Corner Shop Blog