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.