Introducing your new Councillors

As reader Now Then has spotted, the Lewisham Council website has been updated with the full list of new Councillors, complete with profile photos. It's searchable by ward. Enjoy.

38 comments:

name said...

Hmmm?

Headhunter said...

Good to see Darren Johnson survived the Green cull

sallykate said...

Just checked someone I know and she was elected "6 May 2009"

A minor point but that's the second time in a week that I've spotted silly date mistakes on Lewisham's website.

That's it. Pointless comment over!

mintness said...

Darren does look terribly worried, bless him. I suppose you would be too if you'd just lost all your colleagues.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, a face to a name.

Tressilliana said...

Ah! So the Helen Gibson elected in Ladywell is/was the Labour Students' National Secretary. I wonder if she too will be off campaigning for a General Election seat in the near future?

Anonymous said...

I'm not 100% sure it they were local or if they were actively deployed by Labour to win the council seats

Anonymous said...

Lets hope Tim Shand lives in Ladywell... http://tim4guildford.org.uk/home/

Hugh said...

Couple of fitties there.

Brockley Nick said...

In Dan Whittle, the voters of Telegraph Hill seem to have elected a spectral horde.

love detective said...

"Ah! So the Helen Gibson elected in Ladywell is/was the Labour Students' National Secretary. I wonder if she too will be off campaigning for a General Election seat in the near future?"

Vicky Foxcroft (brockley) is also an ex-chair of labour students and likely to go the same way as well

(she was at the centre of the charlie whelan/unite bullying allegations also)

TJ said...

do they all live in the ward they are representing?

Anonymous said...

Helen Gibson looks like Kate from NCIS before she got shot in the head obviously.

Anonymous said...

Mr Whittle obviously has no photo which is a refreshing lack of vanity for a politician

tj said...

..or an attempt to keep under the radar for the next 4 years or so..

tyrwhitt michael said...

or they didn't think they would get elected and didn't get one done.

Sorry Ladywell Greens I voted for you.

Sparrow said...

@tj I don't think so because you can see a pic of him quite easily if you google his name and look on the Telegraph Hill ward site.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon - when it comes to local politicians, I don't think a reluctance to let anyone know what they look like is a positive quality.

Now Then said...

@T.M. On another thread did'nt you promise not to tell us who you'd voted for. An election promise, broken already!!

TM said...

I'll come clean I'm an outright liar.

I'll even promise to buy you a pint in the Talbot next time I see you "Now Then"

That's if I'm telling the truth :-)

Sue said...

If the new councillors have any sense they will have refused the demands of the Council's media team to take their photo at 2am while the count was still underway, and insisted on either sending their own photo in for use on the site or making an appointment for a few days later. Back in 2006 we obediently had our photos taken at 3am as requested - big mistake as we then had these hideous photos of us all looking knackered on the council website for the next 4 years. When they tried to take my photo this time round, as we trudged towards electoral defeat, I stood my ground!

@mintness: that's a v old photo of Darren, at least 4 years old, if not 8!

I met Tim and Vincent several times during the campaign and they seemed nice. I haven't met Helen and she was unwell and not at the count. Vincent lives in Brockley ward, Helen lives in Ladywell ward and Tim lives in the Bermondsey bit of Evelyn ward. Both Vincent and Helen were selected as candidates at the last minute when it became clear that the two people they had previously announced as Labour candidates for Ladywell were going to be taking politically restricted jobs and would not be eligible to stand.

Thanks for all the kind comments from Green voters, yes, it’s galling to be beaten, but that was the will of the electorate, so let’s give the new councillors a fair chance. And please, those of you who supported us, join us, so we can build the party and win back seats at the next election!

yellowy-green said...

Well said, Sue - keep up the good work. I'm sure the Greens will be back on the council in greater numbers next time round.

Tressilliana said...

Sue, that's a lovely post and shows a beautiful nature. Thanks for giving us a bit more info about the new councillors and very best wishes for the future, whatever that may hold for you now!

TJ said...

I think which ward the councillor lives in ought to be included in the election papers. I voted for Darren, Dean and Patrick McGinley because they were local and involved in local issues. I find it strange (and ranking of career politics) when a councillor lives out of the ward and in some cases out of the borough.

Anonymous said...

Bring back Sue! Bring back Sue!

Vicky Foxcroft said...

Hello, I have to start this post by saying, I am new to blogging, so please excuse any errors.

I am writing to introduce myself as one of your two newly elected Labour councillors for Brockley. I am blogging, because we want to ensure that were accessible. We both live in Brockley and were currently working on websites and finalising surgery details. As soon as we have all of these set up, I will ensure I post these onto the website.

If you want to contact us, our details are on the lewisham website. I am also going to be at the planting today at Brockley common, so it would be nice to meet some of you.

I look forward to meeting many of you soon. Any questions, comments etc please get in touch.

Vicky

PS Sue, my photo was unfortunately taken at 3 in the morning!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Vicky and welcome,
When Labour had a large majority before on the council (2002-2006) many contentious decisions by the Mayor went unchallenged by councillors of his political party.

An elected Mayor is supposed to free councillors of voting along party lines.

YOU are NOT responsible for his actions and decisions, and should feel free to express your opinion in the council chamber and on record.

Don't be bullied into keeping your mouth shut if you disagree with the Mayor, don't be bullied into not asking questions of the Mayor, don't be bullied into ignoring your constituents for the sake of the Mayor.

Reading about you online I suspect you may have aspirations for a house in Westminster with views of the Thames?

Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued that the newly elected Labour councillor for Lewisham Central- Damien Egan- is also the same Damien Egan that stood as the prospective Labour MP in this very same election for Beckenham. What would he have done if he had won one both or is he a dab hand at being in two places at the same time? And is this even legal?

Tressilliana said...

Perfectly legal - Tim Shand in Ladywell was standing for the Guildford constituency. I expect if they had any realistic chance of being elected to Parliament they would not stand for a council seat as well. Usual next step would be to get a more winnable seat at the next election or the one after that.

Caroline Lucas was an MEP and has now resigned from the European Parliament. Alex Salmond was a MP and an MSP at the same time (now just an MSP).

Anonymous said...

Even if it's legal it still makes me question if someone is really commited to the local area, its residents and their concerns or it's just a step along the way to achieving a more high profile political career.There was no mention on his campaign literature that he was also standing for MP in Beckenham -unwinable seat for Labour or not- and I think that information should have been more widely publicised. Hopefully though he will be more visible than the previous Labour Councillor, Edward Mark .

Tressilliana said...

Completely agree about commitment, Anon. Let's hope for the best!

Anonymous said...

I believe Damien was as a candidate in the Downham 2009 by-election for a councillor.

And I think he stood as a candidate to be MP for Weston-Super-Mare at the 2005 General Election.

Yet another councillor who sees Lewisham as a stepping stone to greater things?

Tamsin said...

I think that in London the Wards are small enough for there to be some flexibility - it should be acceptable to be in a neighbouring ward. Nancy Sarre stood for the Lib Dems in Brockley but lives in Telegraph Hill. Chris Flood and (I think) Robin Cross served as councillors in Telegraph Hill but live in Brockley.

If people are required to declare where they live it would give rise to second home scandals and addresses of convenience, and overall less transparency. It would not make a difference where the local elections co-incide with a General Election and most votes are cast along party lines.

Now Then said...

I agree that requiring a councillor to live in their particular ward is too onerous. Well done to Vicky Foxcroft for introducing herself in this roomfull of negativity.

Anonymous said...

I thought their addresses were on the ballot paper? Or am I getting the wrong end of the stick?

Now Then said...

The addresses must be on the ballot paper according to The Electoral Commission, though I cant say that I noticed them. Must have been in tiny print.

Tamsin said...

Actually - I remember now! The addresses were on the full listing of the candidates, the "Statement of Persons Nominated", which went on the Lewisham website and was presumably also available in hard copy on request. And a quick look at the printed off copy I have in the office - everyone in Brockley, Ladywell and Telegraph Hill is relatively local (an SE postcode anyway and most SE4 & SE14) except, ironically enough, one of the Lewisham People before Profit candidates who is SW10! (Mark you, Tim Shand's "Flat P" might be just a bed-sit pied-a-terre. The sort of address of convenience I was referring to in my earlier post.)

Anonymous said...

Their addresses were certainly on my ballot paper, and not on that tiny print. I remember reading the roads and clocking how local many of them were (notably the greens, which is one reason they got my vote).

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