Around the country where councils have local elections, nominations closed at 12 noon today. The publication of those names is due at mid-day on Monday 12th April. We will know shortly where socialist and community campaigners are standing. Hopefully many of these local campaigners will have planted the seeds of future local organisations that will grow and development in the coming months. The established parties are all committed to slashing public services, so which ever party gets in and what ever government is formed, the real fight will begin in the coming months and years.
After work today, I took a brief break from supporting our candidates frantic effort over the last few days to get our People Before Profit nomination paper work in, with an hour or so working on my allotment getting in some early cabbage plants.
In Lewisham we have achieved our objective of having a candidate in every ward in the borough - apart from Telegraph Hill where we are supporting Socialist Party members, Ian Page, Jessica Leech and Chris Flood.
Standing candidates in every part of the borough was a feat I never thought possible at the beginning of our campaign. The reaction on the door step has been so positive that this evening it was resolved to consider not only standing a parliamentary candidate in East Lewisham but also West Lewisham & Penge -extending our support even outside of Lewisham into Bromley! We have also managed to stand additional candidates in Brockley and with 30 minutes before the close of nominations managed to get in papers from housing campaigner Jean Kysow who will be joining Warren Carter in Rushey Green ward. We will be seeking to make a number of central Lewisham wards additional focus of activity, along side our target wards in Deptford. We are planning on joining in any hustings meetings and seeking to hold a number of meetings ourselves.