Friday, 9 April 2010
Eltham North candidates announced - Will Eltham turn blue?
But firstly, on the same day the local elections will also take place. In my borough, Greenwich, people will be voting for their three councillors to represent them in their ward; there are 17 wards in the London Borough of Greenwich. Those standing for election in my local ward, Eltham North, have just been declared - they are:
Bird, Emily - The Labour Party
Blackburn, Helen - Liberal Democrats
Borland, Bernie - The Labour Party
Davenport, Rowena - British National Party
Drury, Spencer - The Conservative Party
Fletcher, Nigel Mark - The Conservative Party
Marnham, Janice Mary - The Labour Party
Poston, Dermot David - The Conservative Party
Randall, Edward John - Liberal Democrats
Shubert, Elliot - Liberal Democrats
Turner, David - Green Party
Eltham North is a blue ward (Conservative) in a red borough (Labour) at the moment - I'm hoping the first colour will change. I'll try to bring news of any local happenings, especially any blogs by candidates.
You can check this pdf document for the candidates for any of the other Greenwich wards.
The 2006 local Council elections results for Eltham North were:
Eltham North Ward (turnout 50%):
Name / Party / Results:
Spencer Drury / Conservative / 2344 / ELECTED
Nigel Mark Fletcher / Conservative / 2096 / ELECTED
Anthea Hilary Gent / Liberal Democrats / 1015
Maresa Anne Kingston / Labour / 1220
Janice Mary Marnham / Labour / 1084
Dermot David Poston / Conservative / 2164 / ELECTED
Marek Daniel Alexander Powley / Green / 584
Edward John Randall / Liberal Democrats / 1083
Judith Spence / Liberal Democrats / 871
Arnold Edwin Tarling / UK Independence Party / 634
Christine Walker / Labour / 1165
Back to the national General Election, some pundits have been betting on the Eltham constituency turning Conservative - Labour's Clive Efford became Eltham's MP in 1997. In the 2005 elections his majority was reduced to 3,276.
These were the Eltham results in 2005:
Candidate / Votes / Share %:
Clive Efford, Labour 15,381 / 43.6%
Spencer Drury, Conservative 12,105 / 3 4.3%
Ian Gerrard, Liberal Democrat 5,669 / 16.1%
Jeremy Elms, UK Independence Party 1,024 / 2.9%
Barry Roberts, British National Party 979 / 2.8%
Andrew Graham, Independent 147 / 0.4%
I hope Clive Efford will do as well (at least) if not much better this time round. I hope to be writing some more soon about the local campaign - the leaflets have been dropping already...
In the meantime, following my South-East London MPs post, you might be interested to see these London-wide predictions a while ago by The Standard for the London seats - as you can see, they have Eltham swinging: