Would you call this democracy?

Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

I’m just about to enter my 15th (and final, one way or another!) campaigning month as a candidate for Coldharbour & New Eltham ward in the local elections – in which I’m also the Election Agent for all of our 51 Conservative candidates in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  Both roles have kept me, alas, away from this parish – but I’ve been moved to revisit the blog to share a sorry tale from nextdoor Bexley, that I think deserves a wider airing.

(I should say from the beginning that I know none of the people involved, of any party, and this blog has been written entirely on my own initiative…)

It seems the Labour Party has nominated three candidates to stand in the ward currently served, amongst others, by the Leader of Bexley Council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill.  That’s quite right and proper.  What’s less right and proper is the fact that all three Labour candidates have the surname O’Neill…

The statement of candidates nominated for Brampton Ward in the London Borough of Bexley
The statement of candidates nominated for Brampton Ward in the London Borough of Bexley

The full Statement of Persons Nominated for the ward in question can be viewed at http://www.bexley.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=13381&p=0 (pages 9 and 10)

I’ve been involved in election campaigning for long enough to imagine what kind of conversation led to some in the local Labour Party deciding to pull this trick, in a rather desperate attempt to obfuscate voter’s choice in Brampton Ward on 22nd May.  It is a total distortion and far from the spirit of our democracy – and I hope the voters will recognise the fact and vote accordingly.

The London Labour Party should also be asking itself some searching questions over how it allowed local Labour activists to go ahead what appears to me to be a concerted attempt to deceive the electorate.

Back to Greenwich – updates on our campaign in Coldharbour & New Eltham can be found on our ward website www.CHNEwardteam.com, on Twitter @CHNEwardTeam and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/CHNEwardTeam – and from across the Royal Borough at www.greenwichconservatives.com

It’s been a fun (and exhausting) campaign so far, and I’m looking forward to pressing home our message in Coldharbour, Mottingham and New Eltham in the 23 days we have left!

Update 30 April: The News Shopper has now covered the saga of the three O’Neills here.

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