Cleggmania hits Lewisham

Bigger than Beatles thanks to his largely competent performances in the televised election debates, Nick Clegg is hitting Blackheath on Monday.

Prospective Councillor Max Calo reports that he'll be hitting Montpelier Vale on Monday 3rd May at 10am, Blackheath, Lewisham, SE3 0TJ.

Meanwhile, Max and Joan Ruddock have been having a frank exchange of views about the Iraq War on the Guardian's Comment is free website. Read Max's original article here and Joan's reply here.


Anonymous said...

Is the link to joan's article working?

John said...

It lead's to Max's artcle, from which you can see a link to her response.

It's fairly poor and, as you'll see from the comments that follow it, is slapped down pretty quickly as a further attempt at untruth. It's her voting record that's most interesting:


Voted moderately against the Iraq war.
Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war.
Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
Voted moderately for introducing foundation hospitals.
Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change.
Voted very strongly against replacing Trident.
Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests.
Voted strongly for introducing student top-up fees.
Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards.
Voted a mixture of for and against a transparent Parliament.

Brockley Nick said...

Link now fixed.

name said...

Joan Ruddock is a good MP. She didn't abuse the expenses too much. She's suffering from being an incumbent MP and the current vogue for giving Labour a kicking because of Brown.

And looking at the people standing, she offers by far the best package. Diplomatic, skilled, experienced, she is fine representative of this area offering the most broad appeal of any.

Rob Blackie said...

Please do come along.

Nick Clegg's campaign team are very clear that they want normal people there - not just political activists!

So everyone is very welcome. :)

Lou Baker said...

It's interesting Clegg's coming here at such a late stage in the campaign.

With him doing so well in the polls you'd have thought he'd have stuck to the marginal constituencies.

It suggests the Lib Dems think they have a shot somewhere in Lewisham.

Much as I'd love them to give Labour the kick it deserves the Lib Dems require such a huge swing that it's highly unlikely they'll get a Commons seat here.

Which means the Lib Dems smell a different kind of success, which means Sir Steve Bullock should start working on his CV.

Anonymous said...

That was my interpretation of the situation too, Lou. The voting system in use for Mayoral elections gives the Lib Dems a significant boost - I don't know anyone who's not putting Lib Dem as their 2nd choice.

Anonymous said...

If people stopped voting the mung bean parties round here they'd get in

Tressilliana said...

What does that mean, Anon 10:14? If you mean Green, why not say so?

Anonymous said...

OK, the Green Party. If people stopped voting the BNP of environment, a party like the Liberal Democrats might win.

Hugh said...

Anyone else voting Lib Dem in the perhaps vain hope of dislodging Ms Ruddock?

Anonymous said...


Tamsin said...

If that's the aim perhaps consider Ian Page and the Socialist Alternative? At the last Telegraph Hill Ward elections they got 35% and the Labour 33% and the other parties were no-where (OK, their own literature but presumably verifiable).

The trouble-maker in me also quite likes the idea of putting a maverick socialist cat among the fat Westminster pigeons...

Anonymous said...

The 2006 results in Telegraph Hill were indeed as follows!

* Socialist Alternative 35.0% (+9.8%);
* Labour 32.8% (+8.1%);
* Mung Bean Party 15.6% (+4.1%);
* Liberal Democrats 9.2% (-0.5%);
* Conservatives 7.4% (+3.2%);
* Local Education Action by Parents n/a (-24.7%).


Anonymous said...

Sooner Ian Page than the lightweight lib dem candidate.

Lou Baker said...

I believe Telegraph Hill is the only ward in London with socialist councillors.

I am sure they're nice people but they're stuck with an ideology which demonstrably failed.

Aside from the BNP and the few loony independents you get in places, Socialists are the least plausible of all the candidates.

I remember how things were said...

The first two minutes of this video is why I am voting LABOUR.

Anonymous said...

Yes hugh, I'm voting lib in the vain hope of getting rid of Ruddock.

Anonymous said...

But if your aim is to get rid of Joan Ruddock it may be that Ian Page is your answer given that they beat labour in the Telegraph Hill Ward. Or Green, since they won in the Brockley Ward. Could someone show us the voting patterns from 2006 in the various wards that now make up Lewisham Deptford.

Tressilliana said...

It's a bit complicated, Anon, as there are several elections to consider: general in 2005, council in 2006, Mayoral in 2006, council bye-elections since and European elections in 2008.

The BBC gives the 2005 result adjusted for the boundary changes here:

Anonymous said...

The european elections, although the latest are a bit too random - and too low a turnout. I also think the last general election is not really relevant either as there was no socialist alternative standing. So it is the ward councillor elections in 2006 that would be itneresting - and it seems that Lewisham Deptford comprises Evelyn, New Cross, Telegraph Hill, Brockley, Crofton Park and (?) Ladywell.

IMO the hard-core labour disaffected with what has been happening is more likely to veer left, however impractical the socislist ideas, than change to Green or, even more so, the Lib Dems.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 14:26
calling The Greens the 'mung bean party' is immature and ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:21
Ian Page hasn't a chance of ousting Joan Ruddock. Her seat is fairly safe. Only the Greens or Lib Dems have a chance of replacing her when she retires.
Voting Socialist Party/PbP/ is a wasted vote. John Hamilton is a nice guy though. He may just become a councillor but not mayor.

Anonymous said...

where is Max Calo standing?

Robert said...

A Green Party student knocked on my door today, looked me square in the eye and told me that the only party that can possibly knock Joan off her pedestal this week is Green. He seemed absolutely sure of this, and who am I to doubt him.

Anonymous said...

Max Calo is standing in Lewisham Central for the LibDems.

Anonymous said...

Im not a LibDem but I hope Max Calo get's in. Glad he isn't standing in a Green ward.

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