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Statement regarding accusations of illegal candidacy in Walton North

We have been informed by residents today that Conservative canvassers are telling residents that Lana Hylands is an illegal candidate for Walton North due to living in Cobham. This is categorically untrue.

  1. The electoral commission clearly states that candidates must be “registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards” – this refers to borough, NOT ward.
  2. In order to be approved, candidates’ agents must meet in person with a representative at the Elmbridge Borough Council offices in Esher to go through extensive paperwork. Lana would not have been approved if she was unqualified to stand.
  3. The Conservatives themselves have six candidates standing in wards in which they do not live in Elmbridge (see ‘Statement of persons nominated’):

Cons HW & WGCons Molesey EastCons Molesey WestCons OatlandsCons Thames DittonCons Weybridge Riverside

This is blatant undemocratic slander, and all the more reason to vote for a fair and honest Labour candidate on May 3rd. Make sure you’re registered to vote by April 17th.

Your Labour candidates for the 2018 Elmbridge Borough Council elections

  • Claygate: Vera-Anne Anderson
  • Cobham and Downside: Irene Threlkeld
  • Esher: Susan Dennis
  • Hersham: Julie Crook
  • Hinchley Wood and Weston Green: Jacqueline Andrews
  • Long Ditton: Bronte Schiltz
  • Molesey East: Rosie Rendall
  • Molesey West: Marc Doran
  • Oatlands and Burwood Park: Warren Weertman
  • Oxshott and Stoke d’Abernon: Hugh Bryant
  • Thames Ditton: Benjamin Griffin
  • Walton Central: Peter Ramsbottom
  • Walton North: Lana Hylands
  • Walton South: Katrina Jepson
  • Weybridge Riverside: Stephanie Franklin
  • Weybridge St George’s Hill: Angus Rendall

We only narrowly missed out on electing a Labour councillor to Elmbridge Borough Council last time. Register to vote (and, if required, apply for a postal vote) now so that we can ensure we don’t miss out again this year.

Protect our public services

The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit. Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital. A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.

Register to vote (and, if required, apply for a postal vote) by April 17th to ensure that you have a voice on who makes decisions for Elmbridge on May 3rd.