Labour councillor’s ‘real’ mother was a 9ft green alien

Simon Bard Parkes Of Whitby. His Mothers An Alien You KnowSimon Bard Parkes is now a well known and instantly recognisable character around town, he was recently elected to Whitby Town Council and we are led to believe he intends to stand for election to the Borough and County council at the earliest opportunity.

Recently Councilor Parkes shot to fame in the local and national press for his beliefs that his mother is an being from another planet.

With this in mind, one wonders if Simon can now reasonable expect to be elected to the other councils at the next election.

Given that a high percent of the electorate once, by their own admittance, refused to vote for Labour leader Niel Kinnock simply because he had “Ginger Hair”, I now fear that Simon going public about his mum being a 9 foot green alien has probably limited his chances.

Real Whitby has been informed that many members of the Labour Party now want him out, as a damage limitation exercise. Having said that, this is Whitby, so never say never. Maybe Councillor Parks aided by a whole host of inhabitants of the planet Naboo will descend to earth and finally lead Whitby to its much needed and desired independence from Scarborough Borough.

Joking aside, Real Whitby has noted that fellow new reporters at Johnson’s Press were quick on the story as early as last week, with their front page spread on councilor parks. The story is of such novelty value that we can quite understand the Scarborough Evening News wanting to break it first.

However, and very worrying for supporters of local council transparency. Simon’s article made front page news on a day when more significant news such as plans to sell our town hall, and the independents at the council being able to force a consultation on that sale, was sadly well down the reporters list for the day.

This is not the first time Real Whitby has noted the willingness of the local press to push significant news stories to the back pages whilst reporting on the trivial. Only recently we were told of Illegal Fishing prosecutions being passed to The Whitby Gazette, which then went unreported, whilst a full page spread was given to a story about a fisherman’s birthday. Real Whitby wonders if the local press are choosing to keep their news sources sweet (Save our fleet), whilst covering up more newsworthy stories.

Well, ok.. That’s something for you to chew over and I expect to see the comments section below busy as ever. In the meantime, here is what The Guardian Newspaper made of our local Councillor and his extra terrestrial mother.

Real Whitby will be giving Cllr Parkes, amongst others the opportunity to comment on our story. So as soon as we have anything back it will be added, right here.

Powered by article titled “Labour councillor’s ‘real’ mother was a 9ft green alien” was written by Martin Wainwright, for on Tuesday 27th March 2012 11.48 UTC

It’s fair to say about the Labour leadership, as our own Ed Jacobs has just done, that they’re taking time to enthuse the UK public with their proposals and personalities.

Nothing wrong with that. Easy come-easy go is a sound rule in politics as in much else. I wonder if it will apply to a completely different Labour phenomenon on the Yorkshire coast: local councillor Simon Parkes who has had no problem with attracting interest.

He says that he was adopted as a baby by a 9ft tall, green alien which explained that she was his ‘real, more important’ mother. Later, when he was 11, she took him on board her spacecraft and a deal was struck about contact between the two worlds.

The story has spread out in the last couple of days from media in Whitby, where he was elected on to the town council last month, to the Northern Echo, Yorkshire Post and websites interested in extra-terrestrials. But it has been around for over a year for those interested in such things. There are four long YouTube films of him explaining it all, calmly and unsensationally. The first one is below and they are all doing very well at the moment in terms of viewings.

Inter alia, he describes the view from his cot as an eight-month old:

Two green stick things came in. I was aware of some movement over my head. I thought, ‘they’re not mummy’s hands, mummy’s hands are pink’. I was looking straight into its face. It enters my mind through my eyes and it sends a message down my optic nerve into my brain. It says ‘I am your real mother, I am your more important mother’.

Coun Parkes is eloquent, too, on the way that none of this affects his council work and he has a nice line in wry humour. He says:

I get more common sense out of the aliens than out of Scarborough Town Hall. The aliens are far more aware of stuff. People in the Town Hall seem not to be aware of the needs of Whitby.

He is far from alone in Whitby in holding this view. Large numbers of people in each town regard the other as a different planet. Parkes continues:

For many people who don’t experience it, it’s very hard to accept. We are taught to only see and believe what we can touch, but it’s acceptable to believe in religion.

It’s a personal matter and it doesn’t affect my work. I’m more interested in fixing someone’s leaking roof or potholes. People don’t want me to talk about aliens.

His colleague in Stakesby ward member and former Mayor of Whitby, Councillor Terry Jennison, also has a light touch. He says that councillors have not discussed aliens in general or Parkes’ account in particular and adds: “I am completely in the dark about this.”

Here’s the first YouTube film, with a preliminary advert for Age UK which I found useful. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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13 Responses to "Labour councillor’s ‘real’ mother was a 9ft green alien"

  1. Side Snipe  March 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    So ok he may be seen as barking mad, but isnt half the town. Hes just the man for the job. Make him the next Mayor I say. He cant be any worse than any of the others.

    • Funic hunt  March 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      This is nothing out of the ordinary, the ex Mayor Broadley was an alien too.

  2. Stakesby Legs  March 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    He stood on my doorstep and promised to work for openess and against corruption. He is obviously very experienced in council regulations and knows a lot about how to get things done. Compared with Terry Jennison, a real genius. His personal beleifs are none of our bizness. More power to him, I say.

    “His colleague in Stakesby ward member and former Mayor of Whitby, Councillor Terry Jennison, also has a light touch. He says that councillors have not discussed aliens in general or Parkes’ account in particular and adds: “I am completely in the dark about this.””

    Right, Terry. As usual.

  3. Spaced Out  March 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Is that a picture of Mrs Parks Snr ? If so I think I saw her the time we ate them funny toadstools off the cricket pitch at Lealholm.

  4. Vanda Inman  March 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    “Real Whitby has been informed that many members of the Labour Party now want him out, as a damage limitation exercise” I cannot agree with this. Not one member of Scarborough Branch has suggested this to me. In fact, the only concern mentioned to me about the story was about his recovery following his recent road traffic accident last week leaving Simon with severe bruising and understandable shock. I think the author should reconsider his ‘generalism’ and perhaps name those many members. Its quite cosy to think the Tories leaked this convenient story to discredit Simon. Certainly it provided a brief giggle at the Town Hall Full Council meeting when the SEN published the story. Johnson Press is itself not totally unrevealing. I sincerely hope that Simon recovers well.

  5. admin  March 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    “Real Whitby has been informed that many members of the Labour Party now want him out, as a damage limitation exercise” I cannot agree with this. Not one member of Scarborough Branch has suggested this to me.

    Thankyou for that Update. My source did say he wished to remain anonymous so I will have to go with that. As a member of the party I’m sure your closer to the news than we are. I am glad to learn that he has the full backing of the party, afterall he has the right to believe whatever he chooses in this great country of ours. I am sorry however to hear that Simon had an accident, I did see him last night locally and he appeared well, so I trust he is making a speedy recovery, And not a sign of a UFO anywhere in the car park at Liddle.

  6. Vanda Inman  March 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Yeah OK admin, just to make it clear that many members is not ALL Labour Members, and in my own view, some members, obviously this is quite sensistive for the Labour Party, and even more so for Simon. As you know I am an activist both within and without the Labour Party, I also remain an individual and being human I can only feel that Simon and his family are having a rough time of it.

    By the way you know I will go back to answer my critics on the Sirius Minerals article – I’ve just been rather busy xx not on another dimension!

  7. Stakesby Legs  March 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Simon STARMAN Parkes has done more for Whitby in terms of millions of quids worth of free publicity than anyone since Dracula.

    Make him MAYOR for life!

  8. James P.  March 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I knew of Simon from when he were a councillor in Hackney.
    He was bloody amazing as a councillor when he was there, and he would definitely do well to stay on as a councillor and get re-elected.
    Best of luck to him, and I hope the public don’t get rid of him, he’d be a credit to Whitby.
    If he’s going to get the job done (which he seems to want to), it wouldn’t matter if be believed in faries at the bottom of his garden.
    In fact – Simon for Mayor!!!!

  9. DKP  March 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Whitby has suffered for want of councillors with imagination and experience. The present bunch couldnt blow out a candle. Give the man a chance, I say. He cant do any more harm than the gutless crew who have let SBC trample all over us for years. Put him in the hot seat and we will see what he can do. STARMAN PARKES for mayor!!!

  10. Dave Heselton  April 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    If anyone may be interested, this is what I think on this particular subject.

    I come from a Christian background, my partner comes from a Hindu family, I have a relative in Hull who is one of this countrys leading Pagans and is a renowned author on Pagan topics, I have friends who are Muslim and friends who are athiests.

    I would show as much respect to a priest as I would to an Imam or a Rabbi, I understand that some of our greatest Christmas customs and traditions are Pagan, and I understand that quite a lot of people believe in aliens and that God was an astronaut.

    May your God go with you and be tolerant towards others

  11. Nigel Ward  April 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Check out the next article in my “In My View” column from 6:00pm this Thursday 5th May:

    “More Things in Heaven and Earth”

    I hope it won’t alienate the readership!

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