leyton&wanstead

Another leaflet delivered through Wanstead letterboxes during canvassing from the Conservative Party. Still no sign of anything except from the main two parties, though.

Leaflet from Ed Northover, Conservative candidate
Ed Northover

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

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.

BBC London has an election cab, and on its first day it visited Wanstead. The team behind it tweeted:

@BBCLondonCab: talking to locals on Gordon (geddit?) Road in Wanstead – feeling here is politicians are all the same…

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
Undecided: 1
Abstain: 1

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.