By God, they've done something sensible for a change...

The Lib Dems now support faith schools, according to Aunty. Hunter needs to lie down.

It's Sean - real tough barrister chosen to take on Lammy in Tottenham

Tottenham Conservatives have selected Sean Sullivan as their candidate to stand against David Lammy at the next general election. Forty people applied, but Sean was chosen by an overwhelming majority of members who attended the selection meeting.

Sean is a barrister specialising in criminal law, and sees every day in London's courts the devastating impact of rising crime in our city. Sean also has extensive experience of local government having served as a councillor in his hometown.

Following his selection, held in Tottenham High Road last Sunday, Sean said:

"Everyone knows that this Labour government is on its last legs. Tottenham, like the rest of the country, is just waiting for the chance to kick them out of power for all our sakes. The swing against Labour here in Tottenham will be greater than in most places because local voters know that David Lammy is a particularly useless MP. And with the Liberal Democrats increasingly irrelevant locally, as was seen by their disastrous showing in Seven Sisters recently, it is clear that Conservatives are the only credible choice to form the next Government".

"Crime, education and the lack of employment opportunities are all issues that residents have raised with me. And with the economic crisis getting worse every day, Tottenham needs a representative who will put these issues at the forefront of the next Government".

Local constituency Chairman, Justin Hinchcliffe added:

"We had a strong field of applicants, but Sean stood out as the strongest. We believe that he will be an outstanding candidate and future MP in this area, something Tottenham needs".

Sean is 28 and was educated St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, and graduated with a degree in Law. He has a track record of campaigning in Tottenham – he was Campaign Manager in the recent Seven Sisters by-election (where Conservatives came within 64 votes of winning) and has given free legal advice to the local community group, the Ward’s Corner Coalition. He now plans to join other campaigning groups, such as the Tottenham Civic Society, and become a local school governor. He has worked also worked closely with a number of senior MPs, including Chris Grayling, the Shadow Home Secretary, on crime-reduction issues. Outside of politics, his interests include sport (cricket and rugby), cooking and travelling.



Here's one story from the Independent that Mark Pack did NOT, strangely, post on Lib Dem Voice:

Lib Dems suspend Nazi fancy dress councillor

By Antony Stone, Press Association

Friday, 27 February 2009

A Liberal Democrat councillor who dressed as a Nazi storm-trooper for a fancy dress bash has been suspended by red faced party chiefs.

Labour boost but gains for all in by-elections Sean Aspey posed for pictures dressed as a storm-trooper and later posted them on his Facebook site.

His antics stirred up controversy on the small Conservative-controlled Porthcawl Town Council in south Wales, of which he is a member.

Now he is facing calls to resign and is accused of bringing the 19 member council into disrepute.

Local Lib Dem party chiefs suspended him temporarily while an internal inquiry into the affair is carried out.

Mr Aspey was at work and unavailable for comment today and all images of him appeared to have been removed from the website.

But the photographs, showing a grinning Nazi-uniformed Mr Aspey wearing a monocle, had already appeared in a number of newspapers.

The images were taken at a Porthcawl pub in March last year where Mr Aspey celebrated his 40th birthday with an 'Allo 'Allo-themed party.

The event took place two months before he was elected as a Liberal Democratic councillor.

Conservative council member David Deere said today: "I just feel that he needs to consider his position on Porthcawl Town Council.

"This is totally inappropriate behaviour and very offensive."

He said council members in general were "all quite appalled".

He added: "This is not the standard you expect of someone who holds public office. I think that the general feeling is that he has brought the council into disrepute."

Mike Clarke, chairman of the Bridgend branch of the Liberal Democrats, said: "We have taken the action of temporarily suspending Mr Aspey from the party pending an internal inquiry.

"We take any allegations of impropriety very seriously and the local party will be looking in greater detail at the situation and coming to a decision on Mr Aspey's future within the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

"Of course, we have to act in as fair a manner as possible and within the terms of our own constitution."