Neale’s a real schemer on TV’s cooking contest

Labour candidate for Walkley, Neale Gibson, second from right, with fellow candidates.
Labour candidate for Walkley, Neale Gibson, second from right, with fellow candidates.
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A LABOUR Party candidate in one of the party’s top target council seats starred in a TV reality show on which he was labelled ‘Sheffield’s finest schemer’ and made a fellow contestant cry.

Neale Gibson, an accountant, of Ecclesall, is standing in Walkley in tomorrow’s poll.

Mr Gibson appeared on Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me, in which four people compete with each other to put on the best dinner party for the chance to win £1,000. Contestants give each other marks and the highest wins.

Mr Gibson, described as ‘Sheffield’s finest schemer’ by the programme narrator, said: “My game plan on my night is to be very charming and very affable - the best host that I can possibly be.

“Once I’ve got the points out of them, the next night I will manipulate the rest of the group so that they’ll tear each other apart and I shall remain as the king.”

Mr Gibson, who finished second, upset fellow contestant Janine Fountain twice leaving her in tears after chastising her for having a cast of an old Army gun on a wall where her daughter could see it.

Paul Wood, chairman of Sheffield District Labour Party, said: “When you are on television the production team wants you to be outrageous because it makes great television.”

■ Other Walkley candidates: Diane Leek (Lib Dem), John Levick (Con), Chaz Lockett (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts), Calvin Payne (Green), John Ratcliffe (UKIP).