Isn't Clapham Junction itself actually in Northcote ward, ie the railway line is the border between Latchmere and Northcote wards. And if you cross the Falcon Road you'll be in Shaftesbury. I was there on Saturday and saw the Socialist Party, the Ahmadis and the Seventh Day Adventists giving out leaflets.
It is still hard to believe that the Conservatives came within less than 20 votes of winning Latchmere in 2006.
It really is jam packed full of high rise council blocks.
Although in the more central parts of London, hasn't a lot of former council housing (even grotty tower blocks) been 'yuppified' as a result of RTB?
Yes but not to the extent that the Conservatives should be competitive in a ward like this. While it is right by Clapham Junction, so easy to get into central London, I wouldn't describe Latchmere as being in Central London in any way.
Went to a hustings meeting in Putney last night at which the mysterious Independent candidate Thamilini Kulendran was present. According to his leaflet (yes, he is a he not a she) he is contesting under the slogan "Make Merton and Wandsworth Be Another Bradford!" I'm not sure that the citizens of these two boroughs will want them to be like Bradford, but he is referring to Galloway's victory in the recent by-election there and seems to be standing on the same sort of anti-war platform. Here's what he says:
"Electing Kulendran wasn't about choosing the next government, but sending a powerful message to the government and main opposition parties. They have to stop supporting illegal, bloody, costly foreign wars and leaving the vulnerable British citizens who served for this country to starve. The public don't believe that they have atoned for their role in the invasion and illegal occupation of other people's countries. Downing Street should not drown of those countries in blood! Please consider this and act to save this country! Will you be able to give a green signal to Kulendran? Thamilini Kulendran hails from Sri Lanka and a Tamil. He is totally against the war in other countries. If you feel you are also against the war, please support him."
Given the number of Tamils in the constituency he could get a few thousand votes, maybe enough to stop Labour winning. That is, if Tamils would otherwise vote Labour. Anyone know if they do?
Post by Pete Whitehead on Apr 20, 2012 7:46:15 GMT
I think they do predominantly. I believe they may have contributed to the substantial increase in Sadiq Khan's vote in Tooting in 2010. I presume they are largely not UK citizens but are allowed to vote due to the anachronistic rules which allow Commonwealth citizens to vote in our national elections.
This time he stood under his daughter's name of "Thamilini" (the same name as of a famous Tamil Tiger woman leader). When announcing the result the Returning Officer called him by his name of "Vallipuram Kalendran", even though the name on the ballot paper was "Thamilini Kulendran". Surely this can't be right? Or have Returning Officers the discretion to allow administrative errors like this to be ignored.
Merton & Wandsworth Constituency (change in share of vote from 2008) Richard Tracey The Conservative Party Candidate 65,197 : 43.1% (-1.7) Leonie Cooper The Labour Party Candidate 55,216 : 36.5 (+7.4) Lisa Smart London Liberal Democrats 11,904 : 7.9% (-2.4) Roy Vickery Green Party 11,307 : 7.5% (-1.0) Mazhar Manzoor UKIP 3,717 : 2.5% (-0.1) Thamilini Kulendran Independent 2,424 1.6% (+1.6) Martin James The Socialist Party 1,343 : 0.9% (+0.9)
Will be interesting to see the ward breakdowns (tomorrow?) but we've also had two recent by-elections
Southfields (Wandsworth) (showing change since 2010 elections) on 29 March Kim Caddy (Conservative) 1,841 (-0.2%) Josh Kaile (Labour) 1,511 (+17%) John Munro (Lib Dem) 220 (-13%) Bruce Mackenzie (Green) 100 (-5%) Strachan McDonald (UKIP) 40 Mohammed Abid (Independent) 38
Wimbledon Park (Merton) (showing change since 2010 elections) on 3 May Dave Busby London Liberal Democrats 838 : 22% (-6%) Richmond Alan Crowhurst Green Party 253 : 6.5% (-0.9%) Louise Anne Deegan The Labour Party Candidate 931 : 24% (+4%) Linda Taylor The Conservative Party Candidate 1837 : 47.6% (+1.6%)
The turnout at the by-election was: 48.1% (3859). Turnout in 2010 was 66.3% (UKIP stood in 2010 gaining around 4%, but not in the by-election)
The swing in Wimbledon Park was 5% Lab-LD, and especially if UKIP stand, that would probably mean the Council seats in Abbey and Cannon Hill go from Blue to Red . . .