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.

Book and Media festival events in Wanstead

The Redbridge Book and Media Festival hits Wanstead on Thursday (15 April). Events in the festival are shared around Redbridge, but the Wanstead events – most of which at the Library on Spratt Hall Road are below. There are some more details here, but sadly the festival brochure is unavailable for download – all links on the Redbridge site to the PDF are broken.

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Wanstead’s latest election posters

Here is the latest crop of Leyton and Wanstead election leaflets, as produced by John Cryer for Labour and Ed Northover for the Conservatives. No sign yet of leaflets for the Lib Dems, Greens, UKIPs or other parties yet, but they will be added here as they arrive. (CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE)

John Cryer, Labour leaflet
John Cryer, Labour
Ed Northover Conservative leaflet
Ed Northover leaflet

Wanstead voters have 0.11 votes (kind of)

Social media guru – and Wanstead resident – Nic Newman tweets: The average UK voter has 2.33x more voting power than I do in Leyton & Wanstead – says Voter Power .. http://bit.ly/cViBKN. Time to move…

The figure is calculated by Voterpower.org to demonstrate that in safe seats like Leyton and Wanstead, it’s much harder for voters to have an effect on the result than it is in marginal constituencies. Their case is explained here.

Wanstead’s new mystery flag

The mystery of Wanstead’s random flag appearances has returned, with a St George’s Cross appearing atop a tree on the Green, Wanstead. First spotted by Wanstead tweeter @Gradiate, who posted the following picture and comment:

Photo: Gradiate
Someone has placed a St Georges cross up an ancient tree near my house – looks beautiful in the sun.

Also later reported by the Wanstead Guardian, here, which adds the back story of the spate of mystery flags on Wanstead golf course last year.