Who will you be voting for? May 2018 local elections - Brixton and Lambeth chat

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Apr 5, 2018.


Who will you be voting for?

  1. Blairite Labour

    4 vote(s)
  2. Tory scum

    1 vote(s)
  3. Lib Dems

    3 vote(s)
  4. Green

    22 vote(s)
  5. Independent

    2 vote(s)
  6. Socialist

    1 vote(s)
  7. Rachel Heywood

    12 vote(s)
  8. UKIP or other right wing knuckleheads

    2 vote(s)
  9. Other (please state)

    1 vote(s)
  10. I will be controlling the result via Russian social media interference

    8 vote(s)
  1. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

  2. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    GarveyLives hope you were watching the Sunday Politics - Michael Groce was to be seen (briefly) in the item about the Green Party campaign launch in Lambeth.

    I got the Green Party election leaflet for Coldharbour Ward as I live here.

    I guess you have to ask the Buzz people about your concerns there - but my own comment is about election strategy. Clearly by running two not three candidates the Green Party is giving the hint to support Rachel Heywood.

    As I've mentioned up thread this sort of arrangement is the only realistic way to treat the highly undemocratic first past the post voting system.

    Except it probably needs to be more explicit such as :
    I appreciate such co-operation is alien to most people reading this - but back in the 1980s it worked wonders for launching the Alliance. It also kept the nauseating MP for Richmond Park (son of "Sir Jams") out of office for a year or so in 2016.

    I have to say it looks like the Lib Dems are giving the Greens & Rachel Heywood clear run against Labour in Coldharbour Ward. Has anyone seen a Lib Dem leaflet in Coldharbour?
  3. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I was out leafleting for Rachel today. Only other leaflets I have seen whilst doing leafleting are Green party ones.
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  4. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    In my ward (Gipsy Hill which includes Central Hill Estate) we’ve had approx 3 times as many Green leaflets vs Labour. Nothing at all from other parties. That said apparently we’ve been directly canvassed by Labour twice and not by the Greens at all. I say apparently as I’ve been out on these occasions which given I work from home is pretty impressive!
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  5. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

    I wasn't.

    His colleague, Mr Nix (previously known as Julian Nicholls) has been campaigning hard this evening.

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  6. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member

    In late 2016, a significant number of Cllr Iain Simpson's Streatham Hill constituents - many of whom are very vulnerable - were flooded twice in the space of eight weeks as a result of Thames Water burst mains - the fourth and fifth such occurrences in less than fifteen years. A number of the victims - his constituents - had their lives changed beyond repair by these incidents.

    In March this year, a smaller number of his constituents went without water for several days as a result of another Thames Water burst mains.

    Cllr Iain Simpson did nothing to assist or help his constituents through those awful - and for some - terrifying - events and the aftermath.

    He has been more interested in trying to win the parliamentary seat of Broadland in Norfolk.


    Do NOT vote for this man.​
  7. kikiscrumbles

    kikiscrumbles Well-Known Member

    I'm in Ferndale. I bloody hate what the 'co-operative council' is up to - all the feckin shenanigans: housing scams, ludicrous pay, library closures, children's services etc. But I'm a committed leftie and would enjoy seeing the Tories spanked, obvs. I'm quite genuinely asking - who you would/will vote for? Could a Green vote work? ps here on Tunstall Road, we've had only one leaflet, weeks ago [Labour]. Any advice v gratefully received, cheers ta.
  8. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    Genuine Q: how will a vote for Lambeth Labour spank the Tories?

    This is a local election on local matters. The Tories are pretty much AWOL here, apart from the Clapham Common enclave. I'll be voting for the candidates - not the parties - that I think can best represent the area where I live.
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  9. kikiscrumbles

    kikiscrumbles Well-Known Member

    Thank you for answering. But in Ferndale - and across Lambeth - it does seem that local matters have been ignored. I just don't know what/how/for whom to vote. I really hate Lambeth Labour's current policies. And even though I understand that Labour is bound to win again - it's really grating and I wish there were a better left alternative. But thanks anyway.
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  10. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    If there is a strong swing against Labour, it may make them think about the way they have been dealing with residents and the issues they are concerned about. Might get a few alternatives in to balance out the council as well
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  11. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    The most recent labour leaflet in our hallway (there've been many) said 'please use all three of your votes for us'. Which it might just be me but looked a bit like they know there's proper competition this time. If this local election just gets one or two different voices into the rooms where the decisions are made that would be a real thing worth fighting for i reckon.
  12. Cold Harbour

    Cold Harbour Well-Known Member

    Yep Coldharbour Ward def Greens for me, although Helen Hayes knocked on my door and I think she is a good MP. Her local colleagues have royally f*cked up. Really hope they get a shock.
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  13. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Were we supposed to get polling cards for this? I didn’t receive one anyway.
  14. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Yes but you don't need one to vote unless you're in one of the boroughs trialling ID for voting. You can find your polling station on the link below:

    Where Do I Vote?
  15. Ratface

    Ratface New Member

    Voter ID? Is the UK not racist enough already.
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  16. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    um. Herne hill ward, every candidate for labour is listed as 'labour and co-operative party'. I don't understand but not sure i care enough to dig deeper than this. I think it means that when i shop at the coop i'm helping pay for the labour leaflets. :rolleyes:
  17. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    so at my local polling station only 138 people had voted by 1pm.... :(
  18. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I've just been and my own polling district (NJB) had 55 voted by 2 pm.

    People regularly assert that Coldharbour Ward is the most deprived in the country.
    It is certainly the worst in Lambeth at turning out to vote. Council elections in Coldharbour Ward typically have 18% turnout (compared to 70% in places like Thurlow Park Ward).

    I should think there are 2000 voters in NJB, which means turnout so far is about 2.7% No sign yet of a mass insurgency against "the council" in Coldharbour by lunchtime then.
  19. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    In south London it seems to me Co-op Labour means non-Momentum.
    Which is interesting as it is likely that if Wandsworth fell to Labour that might be a try-out for socialist local politics again (not that it is likely to happen).
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  20. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Wrong thread.
    Last edited: May 3, 2018
  21. David Clapson

    David Clapson Infamous Knob

    I just voted for Rachel and gave my other votes to Michael Groce and Rashid Nix. Didn't want to waste them and it seemed that the Greens would be the best choice, tactically speaking. The turnout is low. Perhaps this will work in Rachel's favour?
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  22. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    Turnout low in Herne Hill too. To a point where you could see an upset happening.
  23. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    You mean a Labour win? :p
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  24. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    No result yet in Lambeth - is it always this slow?
  25. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    They’re starting counting this morning rather than overnight. Results are expected about 3pm.
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  26. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Anything could be happening to those ballot boxes!
  27. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    I presume they've monetised it, who is the count sponsored by?
  28. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    We're running a live blog on Buzz from the count throughout the day. Dodgy WiFi not withstanding...

    Plus I'm tweeting at @Jason_Cobb.
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  29. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Don't know about that - but one of the sponsors of the Oval Cricket ground where the election is being counted is Greene King.

    Let's hope Lambeth Coop Labour are merely getting in consultancy on how to run a piss-up in brewery.
  30. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Rachel Heywood gone...
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