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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Green Party Hypocrisy

Martin Francis points out that the Tories appear to have selected a non-Brent resident to fight the Dollis Hill by election.  Given that Cllr Reg Colwill, the Tory Deputy Leader, has been vocal in criticising Cllr David Clues for not living in Brent, Martin is right to say that the Conservatives are opening themselves to charges of hypocrisy.

He does not mention, however, that his own Green Party had a very similar policy in the 2006 elections.  Greens stood in different authorities all over London, including Martin's close collaborator Shahrar Ali.  Whereas Shahrar Ali's candidature in  Queens Park (Brent) probably made no difference, his simultaneous candidature in the Camden ward of Bloomsbury may have.  One of the Blooomsbury Labour candidates lost by only a couple of votes, whereas Dr Ali hoovered up 329.  I wonder how many of those 329 would have voted for him if he had admitted that he did not live in Camden, and was also standing in another Borough?

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