Barnet Council Watch - First With Breaking News!
The Liberal Democrats have announced that Big Brother finalist Jonty Stern will be their candidate for the forthcoming by-election in Totteridge on June 4th. Jonty is a keen historian, has a big collection of teddy bears and started the Dr Who Society whilst at University.
The Conservative candidate is Alison Cornelius, wife of Cllr Richard Cornelius. Barnet Council Watch is unaware whether Mrs Cornelius likes teddy bears or Dr Who.
In Edgware, the LibDems have selected former councillor Jonathan Davies as their candidate in the contest to succeed Richard Weider who recently left England for a new life in Israel. Mr Davies is a Solicitor, an executive member of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel. He has recently been elected to serve on the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
His Conservative opponent is Mr Darrel Yawitch.
LibDem leader Cllr Jack Cohen says the two by-elections provide voters with the opportunity to send Conservative run Barnet a clear message. “This is the time for local people to tell the Conservatives in Barnet that they are fed up with the waste of Council tax Payers money, mismanagement of resources, and financial incompetence. It is a real chance to punish the ruling Conservative group for their folly over the Icelandic Banks.”
Cllr Cohen claims that his party provides the only real scrutiny and opposition on the Council. He says: "The election of two more Liberal Democrat Councillors is the sure way of ensuring the Conservatives are properly held to account."
Barnet Council Watch wonders whether the Labour Party will even bother to contest these by-elections. The national swing against the government makes the Conservatives overwhelming favourites to retain two of their safest seats. If you were a Labour Party activist, would you want to submit yourself to a humiliation at the polls?