There is an alternative?
Will need to stick an imprint on this post as it relates to the council by-election where I'm agent - Stoke Newington Central.
Nominations have now closed and there are 5 candidates:
Matt Hanley, Green (who is on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MattHanley proclaiming that "I'm well chuffed - over 15 Hackney Green activists out, leafleting ward almost complete, SNC canvassing putting the shits up Labour!". Interesting language for a candidate for public office, and er... no you didn't. (main theme of leaflets - Greens are second in this ward)).
Patricia Napier, Conservative (main theme of leaflets - printed on green paper - Tories are second in Stoke Newington area, if you happen to include 2 wards from Stamford Hill)
Karelia Scott, Lib Dem (main theme of leaflets - Lib Dems are second in this constituency)
Nusret Sen, Direct Democracy (Communist) Party (no leaflets so far but picture of Stalin on party website here: http://www.directdemocracy4u.org/ENG/index.php gives you an idea of general ideological millieu he's coming from, as do party slogans listed on the Electoral Commission website:
Achieve abundance - get rid of money
Defeat the bourgeoisie - present day barbarians
Fully automated-continuous production, transportation, communication
Make machines slave to men
Party of Direct Democracy - of abundance
Party of proletarians - of communists
Party of Stalin - of building communism
Party of World Proletarians - World Communists
Production, distribution, communication - owned in common)
However, he got 504 votes in Haggerston Ward in 2002 as an Independent, so not to be sniffed at.
And last but not least:
Louisa Thomson, Labour
It's looking like being a lively campaign, lots of posters up already from different parties, lots of activists of all parties out campaigning this weekend despite the bitter cold.
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