Friday, April 06, 2012

Havering & Redbridge – Hustings

Our friend, Khalid Sharif of Love Redbridge and IG-SOC, kindly came along to our hustings on Wednesday evening with his video camera, so if you missed it you can watch it in retrospect below.

I should point out here that there are in fact nine candidates standing in the Havering & Redbridge Constituency. However, three of them were only declared a couple of days before our meeting, which was arranged several weeks ago, and we did not have time to contact them, even if we had a contact address. They are:

Malvin Brown, Residents' Association of London
Richard Edmonds, National Front
Robert Taylor, BNP

If any of those three wish to submit a 250 word statement plus a mugshot, to add to the six we have already published, they are quite welcome, email in the right hand side bar.

Of the six candidates known to us at the time and invited to participate in the Hustings one was unable to attend due to a previous engagement and one had to pull out due to illness. They are:

Lawrence Webb, UKIP
Mark Twiddy, English Democrats

Which left us with the four featured in the video below, in the order as drawn by random members of the audience from a bag of my coloured marbles (just to prove I haven’t lost them).

Farrukh Islam, Liberal Democrat
Roger Evans, Conservative Party
Haroon Saad, Green Party
Mandy Richards, Labour Party

22 comments:

  1. Redbridge Resident1:02 pm, April 07, 2012

    The Tory had the advantage of being an Assembly Member for 12 years and could speak with inside knowledge and experience. He did very well, as did, surprisingly, the Green who was not the tree-hugging bearded looney I expected. Quite sensible in fact with a hard edged grasp of economics.

    The Labour candidate was dull and the Liberal Democrat very poor - Verdict.

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  2. it was ashame the others could not attend.....

    without the other candidates it left the meeting a bit one track so to speak there was no one there to upset the status quo parties

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    1. An indication, perhaps, as to which are serious candidates and which not.

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    2. Maybe the other candidates never got an invite? Just a thought, what with the no platform policy for the BNP, NF of which the so called big 4 partys like to preach.

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    3. Maybe if you read the original post you will find out why the other candidates weren't there?

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    4. Oh, and BTW notice of the Hustings appeared on this blog on 4th Dec 2011 and again on 2nd March 2012.

      There was nothing to stop anyone who takes an interest in local affairs from contacting us, as did the Liberal Democrats.

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    5. ...... and, ultimately, even the Conservative!

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    6. He was the second candidate to accept our invitation prior to the post on 4th Dec 2012.

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    7. I was referring to his statement posted on this blog.

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    8. Ooops! That should be 4th Dec 2011.
      And yes he was the last to contribute a statement, but there are another 3 who might?

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  3. Where are the candidates' statements?

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    1. If you click on the "GLA 2012" label they will be shown along with other posts on that subject.

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  4. In 2007 Roger Evans failed to reply to a series of emails. After many unanswered reminders I complained formally to the then Leader of the Assembly Conservative Group, Angie Bray, telling her that if I did not receive replies from Evans I would not vote for him at the 2008 election. She acknowledged the complaint and shortly afterwards assured me that I would receive replies to the outstanding correspondence, which indeed I did. Evans thereby secured my vote at the election.

    Late in 2010 Evans (by now the Group Leader) went silent again. Early in 2011 I wrote to him suggesting that we should meet with the view to resolving differences which, being satisfactorily effected, we could resume harmonious working relationships. There was no response - at least, not a direct one. I complained to Conservative Central Office who did not want to know.

    Later, to my utter astonishment, I received an email from an Assembly functionary describing himself as Head of the Conservative Group Office. He told me that my emails had been "deemed vexatious" and that consequently there would be no replies from Evans. He said that I should direct all future correspondence to him and he would arrange for replies to be sent. I responded to the effect that I had a constitutional and democratic right to correspond directly with my elected representative and had no intention of doing so with a paid lackey. I later learned that the peron concerned is also a cabinet member of Barnet council.

    A short time later one of the Assembly's lawyers emailed me to say that my emails to Evans were "deemed vexatious". Consequently I would receive replies neither to them nor to any more that I might send. A subsequent complaint to James Cleverly (by now Leader of the GLA Conservative Group) met with an email from the same legal officer saying that no reply would be sent to me.

    This is outrageous interference in the democratic process by paid officials reminiscent of totalitarian regimes of the past like Nazi Germny, Soviet Russia, or Apartheid Sough Africa. Welcome to London 2012! Why are they shielding Evans? Is he not old enough, and man enough, to give his own answers?

    Evans is paid £53,439 per annum as a London Assembly Member, and receives additionally without charge a zones 1-6 Travelcard worth £2,016 per annum. For such largesse ought he not to be replying to constituents? And as if this were not enough he is also paid £10,208 per annum as a borough councillor in Havering - a total of £65,663 from public funds. Well it certainly beats working for his living!

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    1. Perhaps you should address your emails to the "London Assembly member for Redbridge and Waltham Forest Caroline Pidgeon ..." instead?

      Link to WWG

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    2. I see the WWG have yet again changed their story without admitting their mistake. Fortunately I took a screen snip and here it is.

      Click!

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    3. Downright dishonesty. I wonder what sort of paper it would be if it employed journalists rather than just reporters?

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  5. Hands off our Morris, you Conservative Party People, he is our very own TROLL and, as such, is a Local Treasure.

    Crime in multi-storey car parks is wrong on so many levels

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    1. Thanks Persiflage - or may I call you Persi for short?

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  6. Morris is not a Troll.

    Trolling is a form of fishing where you cast a baited line into the water and drag it along hoping to catch a fish stupid enough to bite.

    It is a subtle art where a Troll will post to a forum etc with the distinct purpose of making that community bite back. The target is everyone who reads the words.

    A good troll is one where the community bite and have no idea they've been had. A bad troll is when it's blatantly obvious the words are designed to cause trouble

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    1. I took no offence at the comment, B21, and do not think any was intended.

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    2. Dear B21,

      I think that's what I meant!!

      And ... thank you Morris for not taking offence, as, indeed, none was intended.


      "An Englishman,an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a pub and the Barman says 'Is this a joke?'"?

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