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Councillor on Hanover and Elm Grove election trail bitten by pet dog
We've all heard of a postman bitten by a dog but what about the one with a councillor on the election trail?
Brighton and Hove city councillor Rob Jarrett, pictured below, found out that sometimes those you meet on the doorstep do not always respond well to canvassing when he was attacked by a Rottweiler.
The dog bit his finger as he was delivering leaflets in Pankhurst Avenue, Brighton, ahead of the Hanover and Elm Grove by-election on Thursday.
Coun Jarrett said: “My initial reaction was shock and to get my hand out of the letterbox pretty quick.
“I don’t know which way the owner will vote. I did tell him he’d better vote Green after all of it.
“He was very apologetic and, to be fair to him, there was a warning sign on the fence.
“But there was another smaller dog in the yard so I thought that was to do with that.”
When asked about the injury, Coun Jarrett, who represents Goldsmid ward, said it did not require hospital treatment.
He added he was back in action delivering leaflets for Green candidate David Gibson the next day.
Coun Jarrett said: “It’s just one of the many perils of the election trail, along with slippery basement steps and letterboxes catching fingers.”
Graham Cox, chairman of Brighton Pavilion and Hove Conservatives, said: “It can be quite alarming when you’re out and about leafleting.
“What campaigning in the by-election has done for me is given me even more respect for our local post men and women.
“I wish Rob well.”
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Green councillor Matt Follett, who has moved out of the area.
The candidates are: Phil Clarke (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts); Emma Daniel (Labour and Co-operative); Lev Eakins (Liberal Democrat); David Gibson (Green); Robert Knight (Conservative) and Patricia Mountain (UKIP).
The Greens won all three seats in the ward at the 2011 local elections but Labour fancy their chances. If successful, it would be the first time they have regained a seat from the Greens in the city.
A Labour victory would not affect the running of the city.
The results are expected to be announced on Thursday at about midnight.
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