Labour have revealed their candidates for the London Assembly elections next year. Several of them have rather limited local credentials.
The Labour candidate for London South West is Cllr Lisa Homan. She is a colleague of mine on Hammersmith and Fulham. The problem is that as I have noted on our HF Conservatives blog the London South West constituency does not include Hammersmith and Fulham – it consists of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.
But what of the Labour candidate for Bexley and Bromley? She is Cllr Josephine Channer, a Labour councillor in Barking and Dagenham. Will her priority for the next ten months be her ward residents north of the river? Or the people of Bexley and Bromley south of the river? At least she backed Oona King fro Mayor rather than the dreadful Ken Livingstone.
Then there is the Labour candidate for Havering and Redbridge, Mandy Richards. A Labour activist from Hackney – according to the Ilford South Labour Party. She seems to have a job in the "Youth Participation" team and is thus employed at the expense of Hackney Council Taxpayers. Doubtless she hopes that being paid from public funds to take part in talking shops is the ideal qualification for the London Assembly.