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.
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:
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.
The Wanstead Society’s appeal for volunteers to help replant Nightingale Green seems to have been a success – more than 40 people attended on Saturday. Below is evidence of their work.
Prices aren’t too bad either. There’s a minimum spend of Â£7.50, and you can order either a la carte, or from set menus, which range from Â£9.95 to Â£99. The latter includes the Sunday Times and a dozen red roses. It’s not clear from the website (or the small print) how much the charge for delivery is, but apart from that, the only downside is that it’s only available until 11am.
It says the green is “looking rather shabby and unloved”, so is inviting people to turn up outside the Nightingale Pub at 11am on Saturday to join in planting news plants and shrubs in the “currently rather bare” beds.
BBC London has an election cab, and on its first day it visited Wanstead. The team behind it tweeted:
Meanwhile, according to a Wanstead Guardian article by the inestimable Claire Hack, the polls could be for an upset. According to a straw poll of people in Wanstead, the election will be as follows:
Labour: 0 votes
BNP: 1 vote
UKIP: 1 vote
Conservative: Possibly 1 vote
Liberal Democrat: Possibly 1 vote
This would obviously be a disaster for Labour, representing a decline from a 48.5% share of the vote in 2005, but of course that was when the constituency had slightly different boundaries, so perhaps that’s what has made the difference.