I'm not long back from a well-attended local party meeting where we selected the first of our council candidates for the May 2010 elections. Here in Ladywell, Mike is standing down, sadly, but Ute and I are standing again.
I'm delighted to introduce Charlotte Dingle as our third candidate for Ladywell. Charlotte lives in the ward and has been an active local Green Party member for some time. In her day job she is the editor of a magazine for lesbian and bisexual women and her hobbies include morris dancing, drawing and playing the guitar. She also has a keen interest in animal rights. If elected, I suspect she may well be Lewisham's first vegan, morris-dancing councillor!
Anyway, you should hopefully see lots more of Charlotte and the rest of our Ladywell team as we try to get out and speak to as many residents as possible over the next few months (it's no mean feat trying to speak to 10,000 people, as well as juggle ongoing council responsibilities). Charlotte will also be posting on this blog too.
Mike will of course be continuing to play a full and active role as Ladywell councillor until next May (and almost certainly long after that through his involvement with many local community groups). Hopefully we will still be able to bend his ear for expert advice on all things ecology-related and I'm sure he will still regularly be seen cleaning off graffiti in and around the ward.