Lewisham's election candidates confirmed

Nominations for the local elections are now closed and Lewisham Council has published the full and final list of candidates at both Mayoral and ward level.

Here's the full list of lists.

The Mayor of Lewisham has very considerable powers, so it's worth us reporting the list in full in alphabetical order:

Steve Bullock - The Labour Party
Tess Culnane - The British National Party
Graham Dare - English Democrats - "Putting England First"
John Hamilton - Community Need Before Private Greed
Chris Maines - The Liberal Democrats
Simon Nundy - The Conservative Party
Dean Walton - The Green Party

Something for everyone...

59 comments:

BrockleyBiker said...

Good that the ED are standing. That'll split the far/loony-right vote.

Anyone reckon there is any chance of the useless waste of space Bullock being beaten?

BrockleyBiker said...

Culnane is a seriously nasty peice of work btw. Ex NF.

Anonymous said...

Its Graham Dare for me.

Anonymous said...

i really wish bullock was stepping down and heidi alexander was the labour mayoral candidate

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I think you will find Heidi Is heading for Westminster.

Check the Lewisham East list of candidates.

There needs to be a large slice of tactical voting if Steve Bullock is not to be returned.

Tamsin said...

Along with Darren Johnson and Ian Page - although they are not counting their chickens...

love detective said...

"Culnane is a seriously nasty peice of work btw"

bit of a profile on her here
http://savecatford.org/cblog/?p=45

"Its Graham Dare for me"

Vote Spiritualist! Vote Healer! Vote Loony!

BrockleyBiker said...

"
At 18:45 gmt 28/Feb/54, and 06:45 local time 1/Mar/54, the US dropped the 1st operational h-bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands near the international date line, at 600 times the strength of the Hiroshima a-bomb. On the other side of the world in London, at 18:45 gmt 28/Feb/54, Jean Marshall went into labour, and Graham Dare was born 06:45 gmt 1/Mar/54 (early) at Thorpe Coombe Hospital, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17, on the Greenwich meridian line. Graham permanently has heat radiating from his hands which was used for Healing to help patients for whom conventional medicine is not the answer. Graham has had no days sick since leaving university in 1975 due to his healing energy"

Oh. My. God.

Monkeyboy said...

Well he'll be able to sort out the drains then.

Anonymous said...

So the choice is the same old thing (Bullock - Labour) - what has he really done for Lewisham? - a nutter with radioactive hands, a fascist, the Tories who have no chance in Lewisham, a Trotskyite with no chance and pretending not to be the Socialist Party, the Lib Dems or the Greens. So if you don't want Bullock there is only 2 choices really - Lib-Dem or Green.

Anonymous said...

Green is never a choice

Anonymous said...

It is in Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park, Telegraph Hill, etc etc etc

Anonymous said...

Yes but it's also well reported that many people who live in those areas are somewhat away with the fairies and somewhat in need of 'a good shake'...

greens? nah said...

Has to be Lib Dems. Greens are great for keeping everyone in order and for making sure that the mainparties keep the more reasonable green issues in sight - but I would hate to see how they spent public money if they were in charge of the council.

Tamsin said...

I think the greens everywhere would do better if they did not field a full quota of three in each ward.

And Telegraph Hill is red not green (we've got Socialists).

Tamsin said...

Who - with a balance of someone from the inside, i.e. down the line Labour - make a great team to have as Ward Councillors.

Tressilliana said...

Thank you for that quote, BB, made my day. I see that Graham dare has this to say as well:

'Graham sends out about one unsolicited letter a year offering a free reading to avoid a future problem, see Media Clips Testimonials. Examples of those not responded to are Diana Spencer 28/08/97; Sally Ann Bowman 23/06/05, plus numerous celebrities.'

Take my free reading or take the consequences, is how I read that.
Nasty stuff, in my opinion.

Pete said...

I'm voting green all the way. Darren seems like a really decent chap and the green councillor's definitely have their hearts in the right place and work really hard.

Tressilliana said...

I'm voting Green too. Pity we don't have PR in the parliamentary election.

Pete said...

Well he is standing for the english democrats so what would you expect?

Pete said...

I actually think that with the threat of a hung parliament the possibility of Darren Johnson being elected in lewisham as MP is a really attractive proposition.

The greens have done well to bring green policy into the mainstream from outside parliament - imagine what they could do in a hung parliament with one or two MPs.

Tom said...

There really is something for everyone with Graham 'radioactive hands' Dare ...

"My Experience:

Medium and spiritualist healer. Croydon councillor 1998-2002, originally for the Conservative party but defected to the Liberal Democrats 2001. Contested Croydon South 2005 for Veritas, Barnet and Camden 2008 London elections for Veritas. Contested London in 2009 European elections."

Is there a party this man has not stood for?

Rewardtheresponsible said...

I voted Green last time and am quite dissappointed with them. I havent noticed much improvement to my immediate area (Brockley Rd) as a result of their policies. Brockley Road is an absolute disgrace and anything but green. Their own constituency office is ironically located on a litter strewn, car riddled, poorly paved armpit of a retail parade which nobody seems to be interested in improving. Think I will be giving the Conservatives a try this year. At least they seem to be promoting people taking responsibility and not just their taking hand-outs.

Tressilliana said...

That's a bit unfair, RtR. We now have six Green councillors in Lewisham but they're still in a minority and can't force the majority to vote money our way.

TJ said...

I don't think it is Tressilliana. A shop owner on that parade came to the Broc Society as he was experiencing anti-social behaviour issues. We paased him on to his Green councillor - who inquired whether the Broc Soc member wanted to run with it (!) I think the shop owner still feels that his issue hasn't been tackled

Pete said...

Well if you vote conservative don't expect any improvement in things like litter etc. How do you expect things to get better if there are drastic cuts in public spending?

Anonymous said...

By employing the right people, rather than just employing lots of people.

The problem with the public sector is that it assumes all workers are equal and thus offers equal packages to entice that 'talent'... therefore filling it with morons who really shouldn't be on the payroll.

It's not just a case of bums on seats as does a disservice to the minority of intelligent, polite and capable public workers to suggest that it is.

Tressilliana said...

I work in the public sector and I do not recognise that picture of the staff at my organisation, Anon. I'm also amazed that you think the public sector is offering equal salary packages to the private sector - not in my workplace, that's for sure! We are facing compulsory redundancies and I know it's the same in the NHS locally. Cuts are already with us.

Rewardtheresponsible said...

Pete public spending needs to be cut. We don't have an endless pit of money to do with what we want. for example we now have Civil servants earning more than the pm. The civil service traditionally had lower wages than the private sector however made up for it with higher pensions and better holidays. Now they have better wages than many similar private sector workers as well as the great pensions and holidays. It's not sustainable I'm afraid.

Rewardtheresponsible said...

Tressiliana - welcome to how the private sector has always been. If it's not economic, private companies take deep cuts to survive, whereas the public sector utopia gets propped up by increased public borrowing. Which is a ball and chain around all our necks.

Tressilliana said...

I'm no stranger to the private sector, RtR - I haven't always worked in the public sector. The public sector should be there to do work which needs to be done for the benefit of all of us and which it doesn't make sense for the private sector to do. If I had to run the country (terrifying thought) I would take an axe to many ill-conceived IT projects and I would also do my best to get rid of PFI, which is incredibly expensive and not very efficient. However, the cuts that are taking place now will hit frontline services, not the big project that eat up money, and that will fairly rapidly impact on the general public. King's College Hospital is looking to save 10% on its wages bill next year, I have heard, for example. That can't be done with natural wastage alone. It must mean ward closures and services being cut.

Brockley Nick said...

@Reward - the "some civil servants earn more than the PM" argument is a massive red herring. The PM's pay is artifically low, because there are huge benefits of being the PM, not least your future earning potential.

The senior people at places like TfL and the BBC manage organisations much bigger and more important to UK plc (not to mention people's quality of life) than many FTSE 250 companies, yet their rewards are comparatively low.

We should be to attract top talent. That is a different argument from whether or not there is waste. There is waste in the public sector of course, but so too is there a lot of waste in many large private companies...

Anonymous said...

If you live on Brockley Road you are wasting your vote if you vote Tory. The contest is between Labour and Green in both wards that include that road.

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Anonymous said...

Tamsin 16:09
Telegraph Hill may go Green this election just wait and see.

Tamsin said...

The downside of a hung Parliament is that it will probably scupper the very hard won Good Friday Agreement. It would also mean that the Scots and the Welsh could hold Westminster to ransom. Otherwise I would be all for it.

I rather doubt it that Telegraph Hill would turn green - they would have perhaps stood a chance with just one candiate, as I said - Ian and Chris have been Ward Councillors for quite a while and there are a lot of long established voters in the estates to balance the influx of green do-gooders.

Tamsin said...

@HH It's the BNP candidate for Mayor who is ex-NF - I don't think Simon Nundy every had any connections there.

Agree with Tressilliana that PFI and the creeping semi-privatisationof everything is the absolute money waster. Nothing in it for any but the lawywers and administrators.

Anonymous said...

Never got the assumption that the private sector is automatically the most efficient? Is it? Plenty of peeps coast along in the private sector belive me. And I agree with nick, this obsession with what the pm earns - why is that relevent?

Brockley Nick said...

Gawd HH, please check your facts before tarring candidates with the National Front brush. I've had to delete your erroneous comment.

Brockley Nick said...

As for Graham Dare, he has a better origin story than many comic superheroes, and a ready made electoral battle cry, courtesy of The Simpson's Radioactive Man: Up and Atom!

Anonymous said...

Tess Culnane (on the left if you're not sure):
http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/storage/Tess%20Culnane%20at%20NA%20meeting%20July%202005.jpg

Anonymous said...

i cant beleive the amount of stabbings and shooting in brockley so far this year somthing needs to be done this country is going mad, my daughter came out of her school on brockley road in january telling me about the stabbing that happened now another shooting this week , i think those bakerys and barber shops at brockley cross should be shut down there trouble hot spots lots of nasty people hang around there it scares me late at night, one of my neighbours whos 25 year old male was muged there on his way home from work by some guys who look no older than 18 about 5 of them.

Nick Ingham said...

As no-one has mentioned it I thought it worth reminding people that you have TWO votes for Mayor using the supplementary voting system.

Therefore you are able to vote for both your first choice candidate (e.g. John Hamilton) and then your second choice (e.g. Chris Maines).

In the event that your first choice is eliminated after the first preference votes are counted but your second preference candidate is still in the race, your second preference vote will be counted.

In the last election Chris Maines received 12,398 first preference votes but gained another 6,491 votes where he was second choice.

Second preference votes could well decide the Mayoral election.

Anonymous said...

Anon 00:11 14 April
You are off topic and what have bakeries and barber shops got to do with crime - that is bizarre!

crossinbrockley said...

Check out lewisham people before profit...John Hamilton is their candidate for mayor...they sound good, but it's confusing who their council candidates are

love detective said...

it's not that confusing, just look for anyone with a corny/shouty crack slogan next to their name - there's one in each ward

Tamsin said...

Lewisham for People Not Profit, Community Need before Private Greed and some odd ones with the additional strap-line "Hamilton for Mayor".

Two standing in Brockley (possibly a mistake on their part as it could split the vote) and in Telegraph Hill they are not standing at all as that is where there are serving Socialist councillors who are looking for re-election.

love detective said...

they still claim chris & ian as theirs on their website though

Anonymous said...

I'll be voting for the Green Party's Darren Johnson. I think we are in a pretty unusual and lucky position around here - and that we could really get a Green MP.

love detective said...

"we could really get a Green MP"

in this election?

Anonymous said...

I read on the Deptford Dame blog that there's a Parliamentary hustings tomorrow afternoon.
Saturday, April 17th, 5pm - Utrophia Arts Project, Tanners Hill, SE8 4QD Entrance opposite the Royal George pub.

patrick1971 said...

I was canvassed at my door by Cllr Addison today (Labour). She asked me if Labour would be getting my vote, and when I told her that I wouldn't be voting Labour, she said, "oh, but do you really think anyone else could do any better?". Rather negative campaigning if you ask me! She then asked me why I was unhappy, and I mentioned planning. She lit up at this point and said, "Oh, I'm the vice chair of the planning committee, maybe I can address some of your concerns." I asked her why Lewisham didn't enforce conservation area regulations, and seemed determined to destroy lots of historic buildings (Forest Hill Pools, Lewisham Bridge school, Gordonbrock school). I also said that I wasn't in favour of the Gateway. At that point she said, "oh, well none of that's Crofton Park, and I'm Crofton Park". Amazing!

Anonymous said...

So in other word Patrick, you're both a busybody and a green? Lovely. Remind me not to come round yours for tea.

Monkeyboy said...

I think you'll find the greens are surprisingly bullish about development, including gordonbrook. But don't let facts get in the way of your gormless rant.

Tamsin said...

Patrick wasn't saying here that he was green - just pointing out how useless some ward councillors can sometimes be.

patrick1971 said...

How is any of that a "rant" or being a "busybody"? The point I was making was how quickly she abandoned any hope of getting my vote, despite allegedly being the chair of a committee that dealt with a subject I was interested in talking about.

Monkeyboy said...

Patrick, to clarify you were not ranting. The anon assuming you were 'Green' and being unhappy to have tea or any other hot beverage with you was the ranted.

TJ said...

Patrick - Im glad to see that you take an interest in the whole of Brockley and not just your doorstep.Wish the councillors did.

Conservation Realist said...

People are getting tired about Conservation Area obsessives. The real answer is that the C Area rules need to be redrafted to better reflect post 2010 sensibilities. However even trying to engage in that sort of conversation would have the same brigade engage in more whining and moaning. It's easier to ignore both them and the odd sattelite dish in favour of real issues.

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