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The Election--Lewisham West

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Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 10:51 am:   

At the risk of releasing the Jim Dowd fan club, one of the better consequence of the "SE23 is 'anonymous" thread was that people sent in information about our sitting MP. During an election, more information is always a good thing.

So here is a list of people who are running for Lewisham West:
Jim Dowd--Labour
Alex Feakes--Liberal Democrats
Evett McAnuff--Conservative Party
Jens Winton--UK Independence Party

Here is a link to the BBC where each canidate answers questions from Lewisham West canidiates lewisham_west.shtml

Anyone else has information on the other candidates, please post.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 12:11 pm:   

I think people need to know what they are getting when they vote for an MP. This is my story.

Not long after the war in Iraq was declared I wrote to Jim Dowd MP expressing my disquiet at both the decision to go to war and his support for this action.

I then wrote to him several months later regarding a contentious local issue. He did not respond. I wrote again.

However this time he responded in writing stating that he was not going to deal with me because of my earlier criticism of his actions, ie the war in Iraq.

I believe this is in conflict with the Representation of the People's Act which does not permit MP's to pick and choose which constituents they will represent and whom they will not, as happened here.

I have written complaints to HM Government, the local Labour Party, and to Hilary Armstrong, Mr Dowd's then boss. No reply has been received. It appears that parliamentary representation can be withdrawn from anyone at anytime without any comeback or protection for the constituents.

Before casting your vote, please ensure that your chosen candidate will perform their representative obligations as stipulated under legislation and not behave as above at the first sign of disagreement.
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 01:38 pm:   

There is one other candidate that Elizabeth25 forgot to include, Nick Long for the Green Party.

There is more information about each of the candidates on ral_election_2005.html
Joined 18-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 02:10 pm:   

I'm pretty sure he's previously stood as a Socialist Alliance candidate so a change of heart there then. For me the worst nightmare next Friday is waking up and finding Howard has won. So I think there's more to consider than individual candidates - what matters is that Labour get enough seats to form a government. Jim may have annoyed Roz but who does she want in government?
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 02:36 pm:   

Ophelia, this is not a marginal. Jim Dowd will win and your vote will neither help the Labour party stay in power nor put Howard in number 10.
Given this situation you can vote for what you believe, vote as a protest, or vote to help one of the opposition parties stand a better chance in 2009 election. It would be nice if in 2009 our votes counted for something by turning the seat into a marginal.
Joined 05-03-2004
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 02:46 pm:   

my worst nightmare is that Tony is still in No.10, obviously he will be. I feel I have gained nothing from Labour! at the end of the day Ophelia not everybody shares the same belief's as you
Joined 18-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 03:18 pm:   

So what do you think Howard will do better than Labour? What about his views on immigration? What about investment in public services whilst expecting to make huge savings? Can you remember what life was like under a Tory government for people not so well off? Can you remember how bad the economy was and Black Wednesday?
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 04:11 pm:   

I believe Mr Dowd will win this seat again and Tony Blair will be back in number 10. However, if they are, it won't be thanks to me as I will not be voting for them. I sincerely hope that what will be returned next week will be a Labour government with a severely reduced majority and hence a more balanced parliament. That should temper their arrogance and disdain for their constituents.
Joined 20-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 04:37 pm:   

Michael, Jim Dowd has not been a Labour Party Government Whip for some time.
Joined 05-03-2004
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 05:04 pm:   

Ophelia please explain to me any good that Tony Blair has done, he sent hundreds of our soliders to fight a war because as he said they had weapons of destruction emm where are they? yes Michael Howard is going to sort out immigration and quite rightly so, Tony Blair can't even give a number for all the asylum seekers in this country. As I said in my previous message you are entitled to your beliefs so leave others to have there own.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2005 - 06:10 pm:   

Don't we get the government we deserve?

Good to see that political debate is alive and well in SE23
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Sunday, 01 May, 2005 - 01:29 am:   

Strikes me that Jens Winton is the UKIP candidate...that fine old English name, so redolent of a sturdy bicycling yeoman eating his ploughman's lunch...
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 04 May, 2005 - 11:59 pm:   

Lets see- on tomorrow's menu we have a choice of

Evette Ivehadenuff
Jim Dowdy
Alex Feakinghell
Dale Winton
Nick Longandtheshortofit

Are you thinking what we're thinking?
Joined 07-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 06 May, 2005 - 01:18 pm:   

Perhaps Jens is part of a Danish infiltrationist 'fith column' intending to re-establish the Dane Law.

Ludlow's UKIP man (lost deposit) goes by the name of Zuckerman. Nice that all our forebears were welcomed so. Why pull the drawbridge up?
Joined 16-06-2005
Posted on Saturday, 18 June, 2005 - 07:37 am:   

Something quite interesting has happened in this seat over the last 20 years. From being Tory in the 80s it's now become almost as safe for Labour as the truly inner city seat of Lewisham Deptford. Lewisham East seems posively marginal by comparison.

Does anyone know why? Its not as if we do have a particularly prominent or even good MP. And its also difficult to point to any striking social trend that migt have caused this.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Saturday, 18 June, 2005 - 11:40 pm:   

I think Jim Dowd is a good MP.
Also he actually lives in the area and takes an interest in it. For example, he has been campaigning for many years to bring the East London Line to Forest Hill.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Sunday, 19 June, 2005 - 10:16 am:   

The forthcoming East London line is not on the cards because of Jim Dowd - (it was conceived long before he was, )but rather economic necessity and availability of existing infrastructure. I believe the reason, Fischer, is that the socioeconomic profile of the residents of West Lewisham has changed,in that there is less affluence, and hence people are more likely to fit the criteria for Labour voters rather than Conservative. The inner city ring has expanded, and the more affluent have moved out to Bromley.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 20 June, 2005 - 12:44 pm:   

So that explains why there is no plans to reopen the Crystal Palace high level line, and they degraded our 63 bus service, splitting it into two. Perhaps Mr Dowd regrets moving to the public transport desert of UDB (aka Hornimans area). I could go on about the socioeconomic profile of my bit of Forest Hill with the Dulwich ripples of affluence but could not not put it as eloquently as Roz. Or perhaps most of our richer neighbours simply move five miles up the road to Beckenham and beyond as Roz suggests.

Interesting discussion though (despite my interjection about the old railway line)

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