Thursday, 12 April 2018

It’s A Two-Horse Race As Only Local Conservatives and Labour Are Fully Contesting This Council Election

Only the local Conservative and the Labour Party have put up full sets of three candidates in each ward for the Council elections on 3rd May.

In 2014 the Liberal Democrats fielded a full slate of candidates. The Greens fielded at least one candidate in every ward, with a total of 22 candidates. This time around the Greens only have six candidates in total across the borough and in those wards, the Liberal Democrats have only put forward two.

Cllr Grant Healy, Councillor for Whitton, said:

“If there really is a Green – Lib Dem ‘alliance’, then why not in every ward. Either they have both been unable to field candidates, or they are selectively restricting voter choice.

“There is every sign that the Lib Dems are struggling in Twickenham and Richmond, and Labour is emerging. The Lib Dems are not confident enough to win on their own, they still have not released a manifesto with less than three weeks to go until voting day, their campaign is almost entirely negative and shies away from the facts on many issues.  They are mainly asking for votes on national issues which they can do nothing about.

“The Green Party leader Caroline Lucas very recently wrote an article in the Guardian saying they would not join forces with Labour nationally because small parties must keep their identities. Greens have also said in the past about their new best friends, ‘Shameless opportunism is the Lib Dems stock in trade.’ Not exactly a marriage made in heaven.

“It seems this time, for the first time in a while, it’s a clear competition between the two strong main parties, the Conservatives and Labour. This could, in fact, be healthy for our borough. We have our differences, but at least we will have meaningful debates over the issues. That’s what politics should be about, laying the facts before people, explaining the different positions, and letting voters decide.”

Total Number of Candidates:
  • Conservative – 54
  • Labour – 54
  • Liberal Democrat -  48
  • Green – 6
  • Others - 8