Tommy Armstrong served on the Christchurch City Council between 1929 and 1935 and from 1962 to 1965. In 1929 Armstrong was successful as an Independent Socialist against the official Labour ticket. He believed the Christchurch City Council was neglecting the unemployed (Christchurch Press, 2 May 1929 & 18 May 1929). Armstrong did not mince his words about the labour leadership to a large meeting in Sydenham: "they are ready to cry and shed tears with the unemployed when deputations wait on them, but when asked to do something decent they are found wanting". (Christchurch Times, 29 April 1931). Though not returned as an Independent Labourite in the 1935 election, primarily because preferential voting had been abolished, Armstrong still got over 11,000 votes.
Armstrong was the son of Hubert Tim Armstrong.
Sole survivors 6,500 miles in the same old trainers; Feat of endurance: Tommy Armstrong has had the same shoes for 23 years Roman road: Mr Armstrong has run a total of 250 marathons.
Aug 11, 2007; Byline: Sarah Bruce THEY have pounded the streets of Britain and beyond for almost a quarterof a century, covering thousands of...