Now, he's decided to split the vote by standing as an Independent and potentially let in the Labour candidate as a result.
Why? Well, according to him:
He has spoken previously of his feeling of betrayal when he was ousted and never taken back in by the party he served for more than 20 years.It's not like they had much choice, though:
Mr Pelling was outcast from the Conservative party after the whip was withdrawn following allegations he assaulted his wife in September 2007.Whoops! Despite the charges being dropped, they never forgave him, it seems. And forgiveness is therefore in short supply all round.
“My attitude towards the Conservatives is entirely positive. People may get upset or concerned about what I am doing but I am standing because I want to win.Of course it is, dear boy. Of course it is...
“It’s about public service, not self-service.”