|Maurice Johnson pictured outside his home in Lytham.|
Responding to the announcement, Sir Norman said: "The TMB is a democratic organisation and of course people must be free to stand in opposition if they think the direction of the board is wrong. But I would like to point out that Mayor Johnson has already been criticised for allegedly making up quotes whilst working as a columnist for the Lytham Telegraph and for a number of illicit affairs with members of the Lytham & St Annes Tuesday Luncheon Club. And people won't easily forget the controversy in 2012 when he was pictured kicking a donkey on Blackpool beach".
Sir Norman said the proper response to such a challenge would be to redouble his efforts to make 2015 The Year of Tripe and that he would shortly be announcing the TMB's plans to achieve this goal.