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Just called this in …

APPLN. NO: 15/01070/DOV
Ward. Milton
Officer: Amanda Rogers
Date Valid. 26 June 2015



I think we have to insist on the affordable housing element; in my opinion there is a desperate need for this across the borough.

The Labour leadership contest in Twitter followers

And now for the Twitter followers; here are the Labour leadership, and deputy leadership, hopefuls and their tally of Twitter followers. I have used to accounts with the most followers, which is not necessarily the ones they are using for the leadership campaigns.

79,000 Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp)
68,800 Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP)
33,800 Liz Kendall (@leicesterliz)
12,700 JeremyCorbyn4Leader (@Corbyn4Leader)

173,000 tom_watson (@tom_watson)
61,300 stellacreasy (@stellacreasy)
35,700 Caroline Flint (@CarolineFlintMP)
28,800 Ben Bradshaw (@BenPBradshaw)
15,300 Angela Eagle (@angelaeagle)

Tom Watson again leads amongst the deputy leader candidates. This feels a lot closer to current standing of the candidates in each race. There is still six weeks to go before ballot papers start hitting doormats, and I expect changes in the relative standing of the contenders.

I certainly expect Liz Kendall’s standing to improve as she maps out her vision for a winning party come 2020. I also expect the Corbyn momentum to slow up – the numbers on his wing of the party are quite low, and the fans will have already joined. I cannot see many converts to his cause, whereas the other three contenders could easily see churn in their support.

Jeremy, as far as I am able to tell, either gets the number one slot or the number four – if you want a a broad-base appeal candidate his firebrand approach is quite off-putting.

The deputy leadership contest is arguably the more interesting. Whilst I do not doubt the national popularity of Watson, amongst those of my acquaintance he is outshone by Creasy, Flint and Bradshaw. None of them provide the radical alternatives displayed by both Kendall and Corbyn in the main contest, and therefore it is actually a much more difficult choice.

I am still backing Liz Kendall for the big job. As for her deputy, I still favour Caroline Flint, although I am very impressed with both Ben Bradshaw and Stella Creasy.

The Facebook leadership contest, the Likes count so far

If the Labour leadership was decided by online presence we might end up with a strange result.

Here are the candidates ranked by Facebook ‘Likes’ for their respective pages.

30,938 Jeremy Corbyn (JeremyCorbyn4Leader)
12,885 Yvette Cooper (YvetteCooperMP)
11,579 Andy Burnham (andy4leader)
3,278 Liz Kendall (LabourLiz)

17,367 Tom Watson (
5,486 Angela Eagle (angela4labour)
4,630 Caroline Flint (CarolineFlintMP)
4,582 Stella Creasy (Stella-Creasy)
2,056 Ben Bradshaw (Ben-Bradshaw)

I have gone for their most popular page, rather than the leadership campaign pages.

Of course, compared to the electorate in the actual election these numbers are quite small. Also, you can like a politician without necessarily being willing to vote for them, and can ‘Like’ more than one of them. However, I am sure those dreaming of a Corbyn/Watson leadership team will be cheered by this.

Are you still Blairite? The Southend Against The Cuts meeting this evening

SATCAt the Southend Against The Cuts meeting tonight I was greeted by one supporter with “are you still Blairite?” SATC is a broad church of lefties, and to the gentleman who made this inquiry I am the wrong side of this coalition – he being a Communist Party member. I am no Blairite, although I thought he an excellent Prime Minister – despite my disagreeing with some of the things he did in his decade in power.

I am on no wing of the party, although I guess I am too close to the centre ground for some. I am, in reality, a mix of different strands, and do have some left-wing views on some subjects. However, I am proud that I have always described myself as Labour, and not slavishly allied to a particular camp.

I belong to Compass and the CLPD at the moment, and have been a Fabian and Progress member. I have also been described as a Brownite. If forced to pick a label I’d go for Pragmatic Labour.

The meeting tonight was not a discussion on where I sit on the left-right spectrum but rather about the upcoming SATC AGM, and recent events. I have been SATC’s Treasurer since it was created in 2010, but I have decided not to seek re-election this year. This is largely to do with deciding to handing on the mantle and wanting to tackle new challenges. It has to be said that whilst definitely unhappy with the way the Tories have implemented the cuts, I think I am more prepared to take a realistic stance than some others. I also, as a councillor, have to implement the cuts whether I like them or not.

SATC is also looking for a new Secretary as Julian Esposito is too busy to continue in this role. Anyone fancy doing this role, or Treasurer, can contact me.

The AGM is scheduled for 14th July (see flyer) and I have asked that amongst the topics discussed is voter engagement.

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Lib Dems in the East

A look at the Liberal Democrat General Election performances in the East of England.

Top five Lib Dem performances in the East:

39.1% North Norfolk
34.9% Cambridge
27.5% Colchester
20.2% South East Cambridgeshire
18.5% St Albans

The worst performances:

1.3% Thurrock
1.8% Castle Point
1.8% Clacton
2.0% Harlow
2.0% Waveney

The worst performances see four from Essex (which has to be set against their Colchester performance), and this suggests they have a problem in my home county. The common link amongst these five (and others which are near contenders for this list) is that they all are seats which have had Labour representation in the recent past.

North Norfolk has the only Liberal Democrat MP for the East of England. This represents a loss of three.

The story of the May General Election is the story of a collapsing Liberal Democrat vote. Of the fifty-eight Eastern constituencies, twenty-three saw the Lib Dems fail to hold their deposit.

As regards to swings, the Lib Dems may take a little comfort from Cambridge and Clacton insofar that there were swings their way from the Tories – but then look at those results.

The biggest swings against the Liberal Democrats:

15.8% Chelmsford (to Labour)
15.1% Chelmsford (to Conservative)
14.6% North West Norfolk (to Labour)
14.2% Huntingdon (to Labour)
14.2% South Suffolk (to Conservative)
14.0% South Suffolk (to Labour)


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