Reactions to Leyton and Wanstead hustings

Reactions via Twitter and Facebook to the hustings between Leyton and Wanstead candidates held at Wanstead House on Saturday 24 April.

Photo: Yenwodt

3.59pm Yenwodt: At Wanstead hustings meeting, where are the Lib Dems? Could be worse no BNP either. (on Twitter)

4.02 Yenwodt: Tory & Labour shock horror at Wanstead hustings ! Both wearing the same outfit! [see picture, above]

5.00 Yenwodt: Wanstead hustings – Local council candidates: Tory quite good, Labour boring, Lib Dem terrible old fart & Green earnest

Dave Buba: The local Tory boy candidate for Wanstead. Jumped up and down alot puffed out a lot of hot air but Ed Northover cannot be allowed in to E11. (on Facebook)

5.23 rhodri: At an election hustings in Wanstead. Sadly no BNP candidate to chuck decaying matter at. (on Twitter)

5.27 Dave Buba: And the lib dem candidate couldn’t even be bothered to turn up!!!

5.40 Dave Buba: is loving John Cryer… John Cryer his northern his gritty and he has done some good things. Voted against the war, led a campaign to save huge areas of Essex marshland and I man we could do business with!

6.04 Dave Buba: John Cryer summing up with a quote from Tony Benn. Suck on those apples Tory boy Ed Northover.

6.08 Yenwodt: Wanstead hustings: National Candidates Tory – good, Labour – very good , Green – not bad.

6.10 markb999: So, why did only half the candidates turn up for Wanstead Hustings? (on Twitter)

8.23 PaulVale: Wanstead hustings. LD candidate a no show. Shame. My vote was up for grabs. Tory chap slick. Labour – classic northern trade unionist. (on Twitter)
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So long, Wanstead’s Andrews Builders’ Merchants

It’s Wanstead’s oldest shop – it’s been there for more than 50 years – but Andrews’ Builders’ Merchants in Woodbine Place, Wanstead, is to close. If tributes come they’ll be posted here.

Horsfall and Wright to leave Wanstead

Exclusive: Trendy gift shop Horsfall and Wright is moving out of Wanstead, Wansteadium understands. It is planning to relocate in bigger premises in a busier High Street, though it is not yet clear where that will be. The move is expected within the month.

The shop, which came to Wanstead High Street three years ago, has been opening less frequently lately as preparations are made for its move.

Last year its minimalist chic earned it a nomination in the Wanstead Society’s best shop front competition, when it was commended for a “well thought-out design” and for being a “smart injection into less-favoured end of the High Street”.

The news will come as a blow to shoppers as well as other retailers, and comes just a few weeks after it was revealed that delicatessen The Olive Branch had been put up for sale. Hardened Horsfall and Wright fans will still be able to buy online.


UPDATE: Tweet from Mark Bentley: Andrews Builders Merchants to close in Wanstead. Too many people coming in for just a washer, it would seem. Sad though, been there forever.

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Wanstead Tristram Hunt fans miss out (again)

It must have seemed like a great idea for TV historian Tristram Hunt to plan to give a talk in the Redbridge Book and Media Festival at Wanstead Library. He was, after all, talked about as a possible prospective Labour party candidate in the very safe Labour Leyton and Wanstead seat. And the event was planned for just days before the expected date of the general election – a perfect opportunity to speak to prospective constituents about the life of Friedrich Engels,  the subject of his latest book.

Things didn’t turn out quite like that – John Cryer won the nomination, and Mr Hunt instead turned his ambitions towards Stoke on Trent, where he is hoping to succeed former Labour minister Mark Fisher.

The posters advertising the event at Wanstead Library now have “CANCELLED” across them.