Brixton Hill’s not so local by-election candidates

Candidates are currently campaigning for the by-election to Lambeth council in the Brixton Hill ward where I live. Previously, council elections have just passed me by, but this one has caught my attention a lot (perhaps because its January and not much else is going on).

I have been following some of the candidates on twitter and UKIP candidate Elizabeth Eirwen Jones especially stood out. Her policies in support of cars seemed totally out of touch with the area I live in. It was like she was from another planet. After checking Lambeth’s council website which lists the addresses of each candidate it turns out she does live on another planet – planet Clapham.

Not so local candidates

Where Brixton Hill council candidates live (The brixton hill ward is in blue)

Where Brixton Hill council candidates live (The Brixton Hill ward is in blue)

In fact out of the 7 candidates only the two front runners Andrew James Child (Green party) and Martin Tiedemann (Labour) live in the ward. Three of the others live in Clapham and one lives in Vauxhall. But at least they live in Lambeth – one candidate Daniel Lambert (The Socialist Party) lives many miles away in Chislehurst.

One candidate lives in Chislehurst (bottom right)

One candidate lives in Chislehurst (bottom right)

Visualising the data

I built a little website to visualise the candidate addresses using the leaflet.js javascript library that runs on top of OpenStreetMap. I got borough and ward overlays from MySociety’s MapIt project. The code is on github.

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3 comments

  1. Al Hamilton · January 9, 2013

    Like the map. You could do another one showing where the current Cllrs live – neither of them are in the ward either! And the 3rd who just quit, Steve Reed, was a local boy from.. a leafy street in Streaham Hill.

  2. The Political Idealist · January 13, 2013

    I’m following events from a nearby ward, and do find it irritating that Lambeth is such a popular area for “parachutists”.

  3. Pingback: How local are party candidates for the Lambeth council elections? | Jason Neylon's Blog

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