Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ladywell By-Election - help us put the Green back in Ladywell!

You may by now have heard that Tim Shand, one of the new Labour councillors elected in May to serve Ladywell has chosen to take up a job offer in South Africa and resigned as a councillor, which means there will be a by-election. We don't know the date yet, but are assuming it will be on or around 4th November.

While it's annoying that someone who was only elected in May, has resigned and triggered a by-election, at a cost to local taxpayers in excess of £10k, it does of course present an opportunity for Ladywell Greens to regain one of the seats we lost back in May! I am looking forward to getting back out campaigning over the next few weeks to try and get a Green candidate, who is trully committed to Ladywell ward elected.

Our candidate selection meeting is taking place this Thursday, and we will announce on here shortly after who our candidate is. I know we have at least two excellent people who plan to put their name forward. I'm not standing myself this time - I'm rather enjoying the extra time I have now I'm not a councillor.

I think we have a very strong chance of winning this seat back, and making sure Ladywell has a strong green voice standing up for it again, looking for alternatives to cuts to services, campaigning to keep our childrens' centres and libraries open, but we'll need your help.

Here's how you can help:
  • By-elections cost money! Help us run an effective campaign by making a donation to our campaign fund today.
  • Put up a 'Vote Green' window poster for us. E-mail me your contact details and we'll get one over to you once the election date is declared.
  • Can you help us deliver our election address to your street, or could you convince some of your neighbours to go out and vote Green? Again, e-mail us and let us know what you would like to do.
  • Have you got questions/suggestions on our campaign, what you think our priorities should be? Again, get in touch.
  • Join us! We're a small party, but a growing one. We can do so much more and be so much more representative of the local community, if more of our supporters join us.
Thank you!

6 comments:

weggis said...

all the very best to you.

Peter Cranie said...

The General Election turnout meant that good councillors were lost in a number of places. Getting a Green elected back in to represent Ladywell would be welcome step back in the right direction. Best of luck.

James Mackenzie said...

The irony - Tim Shand was a Scottish Green Party candidate, and did a manifesto launch (2001?) which descended into a drug legalisation bunfight.

Charlotte Dingle said...
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Charlotte Dingle said...

He was also convenor of the Scottish Young Greens for a while.

Mango said...

Can you please explain why Greens MEPs voted FOR the massive EU budget increase?

We, UK taxpayers will be paying even more to keep the Green MEPs in the style to which they've become accustomed to.

Green MEPs who voted to increase the EU budget, included the fragrant Jean Lambert: http://tinyurl.com/26qpotl

Yet the you Greens complain about the £10K by-election costs and austerity cuts here in the UK.

How many local libraries and children's centres could be kept open if the UK didn't have pay even more to the EU?

There is a word for this sort of thing... its called..hippo.. or hype or hyppo .. something... wait, I've got it. hypocrisy