Former National Front man revealed among Sutton Council election candidates

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The full list of candidates for the upcoming council elections has been released - and it includes everything from a brand new party to a former National Front man.

More than 150 people will stand for election on the 54 seats available on Sutton Council on May 5.

Among them are some familiar faces - including long-serving councillors like Liberal Democrat Council leader Ruth Dombey, her Conservative opposite number Graham Witham and Sutton's only Labour Councillor John Keys.

There are some notable names not on the list, like disgraced former Liberal Democrat Councillor Stephen Fenwick, who was convicted of racially aggravated assault earlier this year, and former MP Graham Tope.

One name on the list that could stand out is that of Worcester Park candidate Richard Edmonds. Mr Edmonds is standing as a independent but has previously represented far-right parties the National Front and the British National Party.

The National Front announced it would not be authorising any candidates for this year's council elections earlier this year. 

Mr Edmonds stood for the National Front in the 2012 Croydon North parliamentary election but polled just 161 votes, less than one per cent of the turnout.

Four candidates are representing a brand new party - the Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) Party. The party is focused on defending services at St Helier Hospital from the threat of Government cuts.

Richard Broadbent is standing for the Lliberal Democrats in Nonsuch. He may be a familiar name to longer serving-residents as he was on the council until 1995 but resigned triggering a by-election.

Sutton Council has been Liberal Democrat run with a predominantly Conservative opposition since the 80s.

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At the moment there are 41 Liberal Democrats with 11 Conservative members, one Labour party member and the newly independent Coun Fenwick.

But the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is fielding more candidates than ever before in the hope of getting its first councillor in the borough while the Labour party also has an increased number of candidates compared to previous years.

For a full list of the candidates, visit https://www.sutton.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=23627&p=0


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9:08pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Crease2000 says...

Why doesn't he just join UKIP?
Why doesn't he just join UKIP? Crease2000
  • Score: -10

10:14pm Mon 28 Apr 14

GreenBrown says...

UKIP are getting my vote and most people I know are doing the same. At last a party worth voting for. I can't quite believe it, a party that actually wants to put the people of this country first. This movement will eventually lead to this country saying goodbye to mass immigration, positive discrimination, political correctness and the European court of human rights. Hoorah!
UKIP are getting my vote and most people I know are doing the same. At last a party worth voting for. I can't quite believe it, a party that actually wants to put the people of this country first. This movement will eventually lead to this country saying goodbye to mass immigration, positive discrimination, political correctness and the European court of human rights. Hoorah! GreenBrown
  • Score: -14

7:43am Tue 29 Apr 14

Belmont_Lady_49 says...

I don't know of anybody voting UKIP... None of my friends or family and none of the neighbours we have a relationship with. Perhaps I just don't mix with the typical UKIP voter, but it certainly shows that they there are many people in Sutton who won't vote for xenophobia and bigotry. It's between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats; a vote for UKIP will probably help the Lib Dems so I'm all for you voting for UKIP if you so desire.
I don't know of anybody voting UKIP... None of my friends or family and none of the neighbours we have a relationship with. Perhaps I just don't mix with the typical UKIP voter, but it certainly shows that they there are many people in Sutton who won't vote for xenophobia and bigotry. It's between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats; a vote for UKIP will probably help the Lib Dems so I'm all for you voting for UKIP if you so desire. Belmont_Lady_49
  • Score: 2

10:33am Tue 29 Apr 14

Niki R says...

I am proud to be amongst the Labour candidates confirmed for the May 22 elections that will determine the makeup of our Council for the coming years.

With the publication of the names of the brave souls who have chosen to stand, I note a few things; sadly not all are worth celebrating.

I am delighted to see that we have finally driven the racist BNP out of Sutton, with them failing to field a single candidate in any of the 54 seats on our Council. This is testament to the hard work of campaigners for equality and fairness.

It is of concern though that Richard Edmonds is standing as an Independent candidate in Worcester Park; this is the same Richard Edmonds who has previously stood as a National Front candidate in Croydon as recently as 2012, as well as in Lewisham, Deptford and Havering. His links to the NF are strongly established over many years, and he is known to be a National Front member and activist. If local people are to have a true choice on May 22, Mr Edmonds needs to show them some respect and come clean about his political allegiances; it appears he is anything but independent.

As a campaigner I have been hearing that local people feel it's time they were heard and had a stronger say on our Council's actions, something that is a foundation stone for Labour's campaign. It appears that change is definitely in the air- the number of incumbent Liberal Democrat Councillors who have chosen to step down should raise a few eyebrows.

I note that all three sitting Lib Dems in St Helier ward are choosing not to contest their seats despite their repeated claims and bar charts based on 2010 data that insist that only they can 'win here'. The 2012 London Assembly polling statistics show that they absolutely cannot and that their vote is plummeting whilst Labour's is surging- no wonder they choose to ignore the most recent figures.

I would thank the outgoing Councillors for the service they have given, but it's been rather hard to identify it in recent years. What this highlights is that even the incumbent Councillors feel it's time for a change on our Council.

With the three main parties fielding a 'full slate' of 54 candidates each across the Borough, people have choices to make. Do they want more of the same approach that has seen Councillors twiddle their thumbs while St Helier Hospital is put in jeopardy? Are they happy with Councillors doing nothing but cut key services such as Contact A Family or Home Start or underfund them while they prop up the failing Life Centre with thousands in donations to Chelsea Football Club? Do they want to see more businesses continue to struggle and more people pushed into rent arrears by the Bedroom Tax? Are they happy that our services are being handed to private profiteers and our 'green' credentials have been trashed with stagnating recycling rates and plans for an incinerator?

Or perhaps they would prefer fresh perspectives from Councillors rooted in our communities and listening to you so they are sure to deliver what people need and want?

We can push Sutton forward together, enhance our Borough and bring new thinking and positive change to our area... it doesn't seem such a difficult choice to me!
I am proud to be amongst the Labour candidates confirmed for the May 22 elections that will determine the makeup of our Council for the coming years. With the publication of the names of the brave souls who have chosen to stand, I note a few things; sadly not all are worth celebrating. I am delighted to see that we have finally driven the racist BNP out of Sutton, with them failing to field a single candidate in any of the 54 seats on our Council. This is testament to the hard work of campaigners for equality and fairness. It is of concern though that Richard Edmonds is standing as an Independent candidate in Worcester Park; this is the same Richard Edmonds who has previously stood as a National Front candidate in Croydon as recently as 2012, as well as in Lewisham, Deptford and Havering. His links to the NF are strongly established over many years, and he is known to be a National Front member and activist. If local people are to have a true choice on May 22, Mr Edmonds needs to show them some respect and come clean about his political allegiances; it appears he is anything but independent. As a campaigner I have been hearing that local people feel it's time they were heard and had a stronger say on our Council's actions, something that is a foundation stone for Labour's campaign. It appears that change is definitely in the air- the number of incumbent Liberal Democrat Councillors who have chosen to step down should raise a few eyebrows. I note that all three sitting Lib Dems in St Helier ward are choosing not to contest their seats despite their repeated claims and bar charts based on 2010 data that insist that only they can 'win here'. The 2012 London Assembly polling statistics show that they absolutely cannot and that their vote is plummeting whilst Labour's is surging- no wonder they choose to ignore the most recent figures. I would thank the outgoing Councillors for the service they have given, but it's been rather hard to identify it in recent years. What this highlights is that even the incumbent Councillors feel it's time for a change on our Council. With the three main parties fielding a 'full slate' of 54 candidates each across the Borough, people have choices to make. Do they want more of the same approach that has seen Councillors twiddle their thumbs while St Helier Hospital is put in jeopardy? Are they happy with Councillors doing nothing but cut key services such as Contact A Family or Home Start or underfund them while they prop up the failing Life Centre with thousands in donations to Chelsea Football Club? Do they want to see more businesses continue to struggle and more people pushed into rent arrears by the Bedroom Tax? Are they happy that our services are being handed to private profiteers and our 'green' credentials have been trashed with stagnating recycling rates and plans for an incinerator? Or perhaps they would prefer fresh perspectives from Councillors rooted in our communities and listening to you so they are sure to deliver what people need and want? We can push Sutton forward together, enhance our Borough and bring new thinking and positive change to our area... it doesn't seem such a difficult choice to me! Niki R
  • Score: 1

2:42pm Tue 29 Apr 14

cfc241974 says...

Niki R wrote:
I am proud to be amongst the Labour candidates confirmed for the May 22 elections that will determine the makeup of our Council for the coming years.

With the publication of the names of the brave souls who have chosen to stand, I note a few things; sadly not all are worth celebrating.

I am delighted to see that we have finally driven the racist BNP out of Sutton, with them failing to field a single candidate in any of the 54 seats on our Council. This is testament to the hard work of campaigners for equality and fairness.

It is of concern though that Richard Edmonds is standing as an Independent candidate in Worcester Park; this is the same Richard Edmonds who has previously stood as a National Front candidate in Croydon as recently as 2012, as well as in Lewisham, Deptford and Havering. His links to the NF are strongly established over many years, and he is known to be a National Front member and activist. If local people are to have a true choice on May 22, Mr Edmonds needs to show them some respect and come clean about his political allegiances; it appears he is anything but independent.

As a campaigner I have been hearing that local people feel it's time they were heard and had a stronger say on our Council's actions, something that is a foundation stone for Labour's campaign. It appears that change is definitely in the air- the number of incumbent Liberal Democrat Councillors who have chosen to step down should raise a few eyebrows.

I note that all three sitting Lib Dems in St Helier ward are choosing not to contest their seats despite their repeated claims and bar charts based on 2010 data that insist that only they can 'win here'. The 2012 London Assembly polling statistics show that they absolutely cannot and that their vote is plummeting whilst Labour's is surging- no wonder they choose to ignore the most recent figures.

I would thank the outgoing Councillors for the service they have given, but it's been rather hard to identify it in recent years. What this highlights is that even the incumbent Councillors feel it's time for a change on our Council.

With the three main parties fielding a 'full slate' of 54 candidates each across the Borough, people have choices to make. Do they want more of the same approach that has seen Councillors twiddle their thumbs while St Helier Hospital is put in jeopardy? Are they happy with Councillors doing nothing but cut key services such as Contact A Family or Home Start or underfund them while they prop up the failing Life Centre with thousands in donations to Chelsea Football Club? Do they want to see more businesses continue to struggle and more people pushed into rent arrears by the Bedroom Tax? Are they happy that our services are being handed to private profiteers and our 'green' credentials have been trashed with stagnating recycling rates and plans for an incinerator?

Or perhaps they would prefer fresh perspectives from Councillors rooted in our communities and listening to you so they are sure to deliver what people need and want?

We can push Sutton forward together, enhance our Borough and bring new thinking and positive change to our area... it doesn't seem such a difficult choice to me!
Your party is a joke,typical of your lot just looking to dish the dirt on your opponents.some of us will never forget what your mate Tony done for this country,sold us down the river in Europe,got blood on his hands in Iraq.and your proud to be part of that mob.You party needs to drop the labour,and replace it with the spongers party,because that is all your party is about,spongers and dare i say it..................
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assive rant going down here................
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......But i will keep it to myself as your not allowed to say what you feel in this country,very sad state of affairs I AM ENGLISH AND PROUD,NOT BRITISH,
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: I am proud to be amongst the Labour candidates confirmed for the May 22 elections that will determine the makeup of our Council for the coming years. With the publication of the names of the brave souls who have chosen to stand, I note a few things; sadly not all are worth celebrating. I am delighted to see that we have finally driven the racist BNP out of Sutton, with them failing to field a single candidate in any of the 54 seats on our Council. This is testament to the hard work of campaigners for equality and fairness. It is of concern though that Richard Edmonds is standing as an Independent candidate in Worcester Park; this is the same Richard Edmonds who has previously stood as a National Front candidate in Croydon as recently as 2012, as well as in Lewisham, Deptford and Havering. His links to the NF are strongly established over many years, and he is known to be a National Front member and activist. If local people are to have a true choice on May 22, Mr Edmonds needs to show them some respect and come clean about his political allegiances; it appears he is anything but independent. As a campaigner I have been hearing that local people feel it's time they were heard and had a stronger say on our Council's actions, something that is a foundation stone for Labour's campaign. It appears that change is definitely in the air- the number of incumbent Liberal Democrat Councillors who have chosen to step down should raise a few eyebrows. I note that all three sitting Lib Dems in St Helier ward are choosing not to contest their seats despite their repeated claims and bar charts based on 2010 data that insist that only they can 'win here'. The 2012 London Assembly polling statistics show that they absolutely cannot and that their vote is plummeting whilst Labour's is surging- no wonder they choose to ignore the most recent figures. I would thank the outgoing Councillors for the service they have given, but it's been rather hard to identify it in recent years. What this highlights is that even the incumbent Councillors feel it's time for a change on our Council. With the three main parties fielding a 'full slate' of 54 candidates each across the Borough, people have choices to make. Do they want more of the same approach that has seen Councillors twiddle their thumbs while St Helier Hospital is put in jeopardy? Are they happy with Councillors doing nothing but cut key services such as Contact A Family or Home Start or underfund them while they prop up the failing Life Centre with thousands in donations to Chelsea Football Club? Do they want to see more businesses continue to struggle and more people pushed into rent arrears by the Bedroom Tax? Are they happy that our services are being handed to private profiteers and our 'green' credentials have been trashed with stagnating recycling rates and plans for an incinerator? Or perhaps they would prefer fresh perspectives from Councillors rooted in our communities and listening to you so they are sure to deliver what people need and want? We can push Sutton forward together, enhance our Borough and bring new thinking and positive change to our area... it doesn't seem such a difficult choice to me![/p][/quote]Your party is a joke,typical of your lot just looking to dish the dirt on your opponents.some of us will never forget what your mate Tony done for this country,sold us down the river in Europe,got blood on his hands in Iraq.and your proud to be part of that mob.You party needs to drop the labour,and replace it with the spongers party,because that is all your party is about,spongers and dare i say it.................. .................... ...................M assive rant going down here................ .................... .................... ......But i will keep it to myself as your not allowed to say what you feel in this country,very sad state of affairs I AM ENGLISH AND PROUD,NOT BRITISH, cfc241974
  • Score: -2

9:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Monstermunch17 says...

Is the CFC in your user id football related? Only you don't come across as the usual Chelsea fan, so I thought i'd check?
Is the CFC in your user id football related? Only you don't come across as the usual Chelsea fan, so I thought i'd check? Monstermunch17
  • Score: 7

8:47am Tue 13 May 14

sfocata says...

"UKIP... a party that actually wants to put the people of this country first."

Hahaha, right. By continuing the Tories' privatisation of the NHS, by reducing employee rights, by vastly increasing defence spending, by giving tax breaks to the very rich? A party made up of failed, disgraced and disillusioned Tories, led by a privileged, privately educated former City trader, with opinions indistinguishable from the right wing of the Tory party?

Yep, they really care about you. Vote UKIP for more of the same neo-liberal ruin.
"UKIP... a party that actually wants to put the people of this country first." Hahaha, right. By continuing the Tories' privatisation of the NHS, by reducing employee rights, by vastly increasing defence spending, by giving tax breaks to the very rich? A party made up of failed, disgraced and disillusioned Tories, led by a privileged, privately educated former City trader, with opinions indistinguishable from the right wing of the Tory party? Yep, they really care about you. Vote UKIP for more of the same neo-liberal ruin. sfocata
  • Score: -2

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