So, we’re just over three weeks away from the elections to Greenwich Council (and all other London boroughs) on 22 May. Had you noticed the carnival of democracy filling the streets?
Nah, me neither. Here’s who’s standing…
|Labour||Conservatives||Liberal Democrats||Green Party||UKIP||Others|
|Abbey Wood||Denise Hyland
|Gerard Briody||Michael Glenister||-|
| Paul Morrissey
Laela Pakpour Tabrizi
|Jack Wheeler||Gary Port||-|
& New Eltham
|Dave Sharman||Peter Whittle||Cliff Adams (BNP)|
|Eltham North|| Linda Bird
|Rob Stead||Paul Butler||Roberta Woods (BNP)|
|Eltham South||Simon Christie
|David Turner||John Evans||Eileen Glover (Ind)
Thelma Peete (BNP)
|Eltham West||Bill Freeman
|Mark Stevenson||Ryan Acty||Paul Ramsey (BNP)|
|Janine Wilson||-||Lynne Chamberlain (TUSC)
Sian Stringer (TUSC)
Sara Kasab (TUSC)
|Greenwich West||Maureen O’Mara
| Gold Chudi Emmanuel
|Frances Hunter||Arthur Hayles||Barbara Ray||-|
|Roger Brand||Raymond Adams||Nick Scanlon (BNP)|
|Gillian Radcliffe||Terry Wheeler (Ind)|
|Sylvia Derrick-Reeve||Jo Lawbuary||Ronie Johnson||-|
|Shooters Hill||Chris Kirby
|Michael Westcombe||Les Price||-|
|Thamesmead Moorings||Olu Babatola
|Paul West||Susan Haroutunian||-||Freda McEwen (Ind)
Femi Solola (Ind)
|Peter Gwizdala||Purnendu Roy||David Warwicker||-|
|Elizabeth Angas||John Gill||Hamsa Yusuf (Ind)|
Ind – Indepdendent, TUSC – Trade Union & Socialist Coalition
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Real life’s meant things have been rather busy at 853 Towers lately, but the only sign of an election so far has been an underwhelming leaflet from the Labour party’s Charlton branch with a little survey to fill in and back. Nobody else has bothered so far.
(If you have any, it’s worth sticking them up on electionleaflets.org to share with the wider world.)
Of course, the electioneering continues unofficially in the pages of council propaganda weekly Greenwich Time, still being published during the purdah period, and this week leading on crime figures. All remains doubleplusgood in the self-styled royal borough.
If outgoing leader Chris Roberts can’t appear in his paper right now, he can still edit it (while also even hiding behind the council’s press office to slag off a Tory.) Heaven knows what’s going to happen in the council bunker when he finally goes – or if Eric Pickles finally shuts Greenwich Time down.
As for the politicians, and would-be politicians, the candidates list confirms that Chris Roberts’s deputy Peter Brooks was shoehorned into the outgoing Dear Leader’s Glyndon ward at the last minute, while there’s a fair number of UKIP candidates for the first time – the European elections could have a strange effect on the local ones. Lib Dem candidates drop to 40, the Greens are standing 19 candidates, while People Before Profit appears to have abandoned its push into Greenwich in favour of campaign hijacking in Lewisham.
The only party to have bothered publicly releasing a manifesto is the Liberal Democrats.
So far, so uninteresting. But things might be different around your way. There are some little stories in there that I’ll try to tease out at a later date, but how has the election been for you so far? Are you drowning in leaflets or being ignored by your candidates? And will you be voting?