Paul Scriven, leader of Sheffield City Council stars in a promotional video for Mercure Hotels, which has emerged online.
In the video he sings (or at least mimes to) the Lou Reed classic Perfect Day, but with the lyrics reworked to tell the story of a tired businessman arriving at the hotel after a Hectic Day.
The Mercure St Paul’s Hotel in Sheffield is set to act as a base for delegates to the Liberal Democrats annual conference in March.
It has played host to various council related events and conferences, most recently a leadership summit for Sheffield First Partnership, of which Mr Scriven is chair.
On his twitter feed, Mr Scriven has insisted that the video was “an internal training video”, and that he was not paid.
Thanks to @dentonmartin for bringing this gem to our attention, and to all who helped out with SheffieldPolitics’ recovery of the video, which was deleted by the original uploader this morning.
The decision by Sheffield City Council to close Abbeydale Grange School, which was met with some pretty bitter opposition, is bound to become one of the key local issues in this year’s general election.
Paul Scriven, currently leader of the council, will be standing for the first time as the LibDem party political candidate for Sheffield Central this year. As long time Labour MP Richard Caborn will be standing down*, Scriven will be up against another newcomer, Paul Blomfield, who you’ll be surprised to hear spoke out against the closure of Abbeydale Grange at every opportunity.
*Nothing to do with expenses, he announced his departure in 2007