10 candidates for 8 seats (One extra seat in this ward this year)
Establishment: Christopher BODEN; Raymond CATT; Nigel CHALLIS; Michael HUDSON; Catherine MCGUINNESS; Graham PACKHAM; Henrika PRIEST; Jeremy SIMONS Labour: Richard HARRINGTON CRG: Muhammed AL-HUSSAINI
Six of the existing seven councilmen are restanding (William Hunt stands down). The two newcomers to the "Team" are a local businessman and a local residents' association chairman.
No doubt that the establishment candidates will win here, but the interest lies in the other two candidates:
The Labour candidate works in the ward and four of his five nomination signatories were from his place of work. The fifth is a YBF candidate in Farringdon Without, weho is the brother of Matthew Richardson. Several people have jumped to an incorrect conclusion from these facts. The reality is that they knew each other at Law College and it's a personal, not political, matter.
The CRG candidate is one of only two CRG candidates to have his own website: www.williamwallacecampaign.org For my money, it's the most interesting and original website of this campaign.
6 candidates (after the withdrawal of Dhruv Patel) for 3 seats (one extra seat in this ward this year)
Establishment: Robin EVE; Alistair MOSS; Ann PEMBROKE YBF: India BRUMMITT; Donata HUGGINS; Andre WALKER
Very hard fight here, with Mark Clarke organising the YBF candidates quite openly (he is the election agent and the YBF premises in WC2 are the address for service of documents). David Boothroyd correctly highlighted this ward a few posts ago in this thread as being an out-and-out fight between the establishment and the YBF. The two sitting councilmen are joined by Alistair Moss from Westminster. The (relatively) young YBF candidates have been organising here since September (by City standards that's forever!) and their leaflet campaign has put the fear of God into the establishment candidates here. I think the YBF will take this because of their professionalism and workrate up to this election.
All 3 councilmen elected unopposed, as they were in 2009.
Two items of note: 1. this ward has two very high profile councilmen: SIR MICHAEL SNYDER and MARK BOLEAT (Chairman of Policy and Resources). Everyone expected the CRG symbolically to fight this ward! 2. the home addresses of two of the Councilmen on this ward are notable, even by City of London standards: Sir Michael SNYDER lives in Alresford, Hampshire and George GILLON gives a flat in Dunblane as his home address!
4 candidates (after Dhruv Patel's withdrawal) for 3 seats (an increase of one seat in this ward this time)
Establishment: Peter DUNPHY; Rev. Stephen HAINES; Ian SEATON Labour: David DEWHURST
Ian Seaton joins the sitting councilmen here (his existing ward of Bassishaw lost one seat this time). The two sitting councilmen here faced no contest in 2009. This is one of the stranger wards for Labour to fight, with all but no residents and an electorate likely to be less than sypathetic to socialists, even by City standard!
10 candidates for 8 seats (one fewer than last time).
Sitting Councilmen seeking re-election: John BARKER; David BRADSHAW; Stephanie CURRIE; Vivienne LITTLECHILD; Gareth MOORE; Christopher PUNTER; Steve QUILTER; Angela STARLING; John TOMLINSON. Labour: Jeffrey HENNESSEY
All 9 sitting councilmen are seeking re-election although the number of available seats in this ward has been reduced to 8. Cripplegate is the Eastern part of the Barbican Estate and is almost wholly residential. In 2009 Labour candidates polled 191 and 199 votes here as opposed to the winning candidates' 288-447. This will be a chaotic scrap to see who joins Mr Hennessey in the losers' enclosure.
The successful candidates are sitting councilmen John WELBANK and newcomer Jamie INGHAM CLARK. Jamie Ingham Clark always just seemed to miss out: in June 2008 he failed to get elected in the Tower ward by-election by 4 votes. In the same ward in the following year's all-out election he failed by 13 votes. And in July 2009 he was just 11 votes short of the winning candidate in the Aldgate by-election.
An uncontested election may seem straightforward, but this is one of the most controversial wards in these elections - Matthew Richardson, the YBF (Young Britons' Foundation) organiser became the alderman (unopposed) in this ward in highly controversial circumstances last year, and again we see a drop-out of a sitting representative (this time Anthony Llewelyn-Davies) who is said not to have been able to face working "with" the other ward representatives. This is a straight gain for the YBF in this ward.
They made him an alderman? Jeez. I plainly missed this, and the controversy. Details, please?
"I wonder if any of those who furnished him a platform will now have the grace to admit that they were hosting a man who is not just a pimp for fascism but one of its prostitutes as well."
Establishment: James POLLARD Establishment (a): Charles DOYLE Establishment (b): Mark WHEATLEY CRG: Robert BROOMHEAD
Having failed to be elected in two by-elections (Castle Baynard May 2007, Lime Street Jul 2008) Charles Doyle probably feels far more confident with the active backing of the sole councilman seeking re-election in this ward: James Pollard. However, Mark Wheatley has the support not merely of retiring councilman in this ward Michael Sherlock, but he also has the support of Sir Michael Snyder. You can perm any 2 from 3 in predicting this result, but the CRG man will certainly come fourth!
10 candidates (after withdrawal of Tristan FEUNTEUN and Dhruv PATEL) for 8 seats
Establishment (some of whom are YBF): Alex BAIN-STEWART; Mark CLRKE; Karina DOSTALOVA; Anthony ESKENZI; Clare JAMES; Richard REGAN; Graeme SMITH Establishment (anti-YBF): Patricia HOLMES; Virginia ROUNDING CRG: Patrick FRENCH
So, which 2 will not be elected here? The odds must be that it will be Patricia Holmes and Patrick French. The "official" team has all existing councilmen in this ward seeking re-election (Richard Duffield is retiring) apart from Virginia Rounding. Virginia Rounding (by-election victor in March 2011) and the YBF's Mark Clarke (by-election victor July 2012) cannot stand each other, let alone stand on the same slate! Nevertheless the "official" slate has only 7 names for the 8 places in deference to Virginia Rounding. There will be several gains for the YBF in this ward. This is Graeme Smith's fourth attempt to win election in this ward - it's probably going to be fourth time lucky for him!
"One Farringdon" Establishment candidates: David CAVAYE; Gregory JONES; Charles Edward LORD; Wendy MEAD; Julian NORMAN; John SPANNER Establishment councilmen seeking independent re-election: George ABRAHAMS; John ABSALOM; Gregory LAWERENCE; Julian MALINS; Paul MARTINELLI YBF(?) councilman seeking independent re-election: Alexander DEANE YBF: Adam RICHARDSON Labour: Mark MCDONALD "One Farringdon" unofficially endorsed Establishment candidates: Jason GROVES;, Emma PRICE Other candidate: Stephen EVANS
Now you are probably as confused as I am!
Although she is certainly on an "establishment" slate, Julian Norman certainly is not "establishment" in the usual sense of that term: Julian Norman is a barrister at One Paper Buildings where she is a criminal and immigration specialist. She is a passionate advocate both for the diversity of the City and the historic traditions for which it is renowned. She is a member of Liberty, Amnesty International, the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, and serves on the Management Committee of the Detention Advice Service. She is a founder member of the UK Legal Feminist Group and maintains a particular interest in women's rights, having appeared on Woman's Hour and Women's Views on News as well as taking a key role in the annual Reclaim the Night event. In her spare time Julian sits as a magistrate on the North West Bench.
Adam Richardson is the brother of Matthew Richardson, the Billingsgate Alderman and YBF organiser.
Mark McDonald fought this ward four years ago - last time Labour got 95/96 votes as against the winning candidates' 279-374 votes.
Edward Lord's website has the following "explanation" of the candidates: The City of London’s four-yearly elections are to be held on Thursday 21st March and I’m standing for re-election in the Ward of Farringdon Without, which I have represented since 2009. Back then, I stood with a team of ten candidates, five from Smithfield meat market, five not, seeking the ten places available. I had been invited to join that slate as life had become uncomfortable in my then Ward, Coleman Street, where the Alderman, Sir Robert Finch, and I were not close friends. To the contrary, in Farringdon, Alderman Simon Walsh was someone I knew, liked and trusted and I was acknowledged to be a good campaigner who could deliver victory for my team. In these elections, the 2009 slate has fractured. The meat traders are standing four of their number with five others, led by Alex Deane an ambitious right-wing Conservative lobbyist elected to the City Corporation in a by-election less than two years ago. On Alex’s team is long-standing but largely invisible councilman Julian Malins QC, along with a talented junior barrister, Emma Price, and the highly effective Jason Groves, external relations director at insurance giant Marsh, together with an unknown pupil barrister from Gray’s Inn. To be fair, I was offered a place on that new slate, but I felt uncomfortable in joining them for a number of reasons: •The meat traders had, in their journal The Smithfield Gazette, published last summer an unpleasant attack on my friend Simon Walsh presuming his guilt in a court case in which he was fully and speedily acquitted a few months later. They never apologised. •The meat traders had, less than a month ago, been found by the City’s Town Clerk to have wrongly attempted to register 259 extra electors, which – if successful – could have skewed the results of the City elections in Farringdon Without. •There had been serious questions asked about the validity of a large number of postal votes emanating from Smithfield market which had been ruled-out of the count at the 2011 by-election. •The meat traders had, over almost twenty years, used their political weight to influence matters in which they were financially involved, most recently the renewal of their own leases where the City was trying to reduce the market’s substantial deficit by charging a proper rent and service charge. For all of those reasons and due to the fact that I had been told that my colleagues Wendy Mead, John Spanner and I were not really wanted by the meat traders on ‘their’ slate in any event, we decided to put together our own team, One Farringdon, to contest the elections. One Farringdon (www.farringdonwithout.org) compromises three established councillors and three fresh new faces with strong local connections, united in the desire to serve this area and the City as a whole. They are: •David Cavaye, a City resident and Chief Investment Officer at C. Hoare & Co. on Fleet Street •Gregory Jones QC, a planning, environmental and administrative Silk from Francis Taylor Building and member of the Bar Council •Wendy Mead, long-standing campaigner for Bart’s Hospital and the NHS and councillor for Farringdon Without since 1997 •Julian Elizabeth Norman,a criminal and immigration barrister at One Paper Buildings and dedicated equalities activist •John Spanner TD, City councillor since 1984, former Head of Group Procurement at Standard Chartered and myself.
7 candidates (after withdrawal of Evan Cranfield and Dhruv Patel) for 3 seats (an increase of one seat this time).
Establishment: John CHAPMAN; Timothy COLLERTON; Janet OWEN YBF (www.langbournmatters.com): Nicholas BENNETT; Terence BLANEY; Judith PLEASANCE Other: Philip WOODHOUSE
Sitting councilmen John Chapman and Janet Owen are joined by Timothy Collerton. The question is, will the establishment candidates be overthrown by a far more visible campaign run by the YBF? There is less incumbency effect here than elsewhere because of significant boundary changes this time. My money's on the YBF in this ward.
6 candidates (after withdrawal of Evan Cranfield and Dhruv Patel) for 4 seats (an increase this time of one seat)
Establishment: Denis COTGROVE; Richard EVANS; Robert HOWARD; Elizabeth ROGULA Other: Henry COLTHURST; Timothy WILLENS
The unofficial slate of 4 is the "preferred" option for the insiders in this, the "insurance ward". The fact that Messrs Colthurst and Willens come from Salisbury and Chesham respectively is not, surprisingly, a great barrier in this ward where many voters have homes in the country.
The three existing councilmen in the ward are all seeking re-election, not officially as a "team" but effecively together with Mr Evans, at least in some people's eyes!
Elizabeth Rogula was elected in a by-election in July 2008 with barely over 30% of the vote - she received 40 votes to her opponents' 36, 24, 18 and 14. Rober Howard's by-election was in May 2011. In the 2009 all-out elections there was no contest in this ward.
Portsoken Ward is on the Eastestn fringes of the City, bordering Tower Hamlets. Portsoken is one of the four residential wards, although there is a sprinkling of business voters all the way through the ward.
All four retiring councilmen are seeking re-election:
Nicholas CRESSEY; John FLETCHER; Henry JONES; Delis REGIS.
Four years ago, Peter Kenyon for Labour came just 65 votes from getting a seat here. John Fletcher gained his seat in a September 2011 by-election and is, or was, connected with the YBF individuals. Evan Cranfield has an interesting website: www.evancranfield.info
If Labour cannot win in this ward of social deprivation, then they can't win anywhere in the City. My guess is that Portsoken voters will continue to go for the non-party options.
This ward was uncontested in 2009 - it's a small residential ward of mainly riverside flats for City professionals. I severely doubt that Labour will find many takers here, not helped by the fact that the two sitting councilmen seeking re-election (Alastait KING and Brian MOONEY) both live in the ward whereas their Labour opponent (John COURTNEIDGE) lives in Beckenham.