A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Recycled candidates and flags of convenience

I'm grateful to Lib Dem Voice (see even I can be nice to Lib Dems if I try hard) for spotting that the Hackney Greens are so into recycling that they even recycle their council candidates:

Paul Homer is standing in Hale ward, Barnet and also in Victoria ward, Hackney

Paul Martin Ingram is standing in Camberwell Green ward, Southwark, and Hackney Central ward, Hackney

As the LDs say "It’s perfectly legal (as you can qualify in different areas under, for example, the live and work qualifications) but it raises questions about how committed you are to either place – or how you would do the two jobs, representing different areas on different councils, if elected."

In the interests of balance I should point out that the LDs are such a two-faced, opportunistic outfit that they are running under different labels in the same borough.

Voters in wards in Hackney with a traditionally high Green vote will be presented with candidates listed on the ballot paper as "Liberal Democrats - For A Greener Britain". Voters in Hackney wards with less of a Green presence and a bigger council estate and BME population instead get candidates listed as "Liberal Democrats - For A Fairer Britain". I'd love to know what they run as in Surrey or Devon.

In other news, such is the vibrancy of the Hackney Lib Dem campaign, one of our volunteer activists this morning bumped into a paid commercial leaflet-deliverer distributing their stuff, and in Dalston (now part of Hackney North constituency), they are delivering leaflets intended for Hackney South.


Blogger Merseymike said...

The Tories are doing this in Liverpool and Sefton

12:19 am, April 23, 2010

Anonymous Justin Hinchcliffe said...

The Lib Dems' David Schmitz is standing as a local councillor in Harringay Ward (against Nora Mulready) and as the Member of Parliament for Tottenham (against Lammy). He knows he won't win either seat, but is telling people he wants both!

12:41 am, April 23, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my patch in Dalston we've now moved to Hackney North and Stoke Newington and we've had the correct leaflets from the Lib Dems and the Greens. The couldn't-organise-a-piss-up-in-brewery Tory Party delivered Hackney South leaflets just a day or so after the campaign started and haven't attempted to correct their mistake (tee hee). Today UKIP also delivered Hackney South & Shoreditch election material.

In our street we've had three lots of Labour Party literature, all relevant for this area (not that I would expect anything less) and including Jules Pipe's comprehensive manifesto AND councillors knocking on front doors. Can't say much fairer than that.

7:19 pm, April 23, 2010


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