Time after time

15 Aug

By the time next year’s election rolls around 15 current members of the council will have held their seats continuously for 20 years or more.

The table below shows exactly how long they’ve been around

Name Date elected Years to date
A SINGH 04/05/1978 39.31
C McAULEY 06/05/1982 35.30
R WALES* 09/07/1992 25.12
I CORBETT 09/07/1992 25.12
L HUDSON 05/05/1994 23.30
E SPARROWHAWK 05/05/1994 23.30
N WILSON 05/05/1994 23.30
C FURNESS 01/05/1997 20.30
Q PEPPIATT 01/05/1997 20.30
U DESAI 07/05/1998 19.30
R CRAWFORD 07/05/1998 19.29
J LAGUDA 07/05/1998 19.29
W VAUGHAN 07/05/1998 19.29
P SATHIANESAN 07/05/1998 19.29
P HOLLAND 07/05/1998 19.29

 *Robin Wales was also previously on the council from 1982 to 1986.

When local branches meet this autumn to select their candidates, one thing they should consider is the urgent need to freshen up the Labour group.

NOTE: The original version of this post stated that 16 members will have held their seats for 20 years or more and the table included Cllr Bryan Collier. It has been pointed out that Cllr Collier was defeated at the 2006 election and returned to the council in 2010, so his current continuous service is just over seven years; first elected in 1994, his total period as councillor is more than 19 years. The same is true for Cllr Alan Griffiths.

9 Responses to “Time after time”

  1. Down to Earth August 15, 2017 at 17:53 #

    Some of those dates aren’t quite right. Bryan Collier, for example, was defeated in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Dates of London Borough elections:
    2nd May 1974
    4th May 1978
    6th May 1982
    8th May 1986
    3rd May 1990
    5th May 1994
    7th May 1998
    2nd May 2002
    4th May 2006
    6th May 2010
    22nd May 2014

  2. amhonered August 15, 2017 at 17:56 #

    new blood needed

  3. amhonered August 15, 2017 at 18:05 #

    mr clark has done a good jobby on rid most of them nammes ,wunder what there parting gifte will be to mr clark

  4. Ray August 15, 2017 at 21:53 #

    New blood desperately needed. Going by some of the recent changes in officers in local branches and local societies we might very well see some much needed change. Wont take names here but have my eyes on a few promising ones

  5. urriti August 18, 2017 at 12:19 #

    Perhaps there should be a law only allowing two terms in public elected office?.

    • Birdman August 19, 2017 at 16:12 #

      There was a Labour Party rule that said elected Mayors should serve no more than two terms. Robin Wales sat on the committee that abolished the rule if my memory revels me.

      • Birdman August 19, 2017 at 16:13 #

        That shoul be ‘memory serves me’.

  6. KEVIN MANSELL August 21, 2017 at 12:42 #

    High levels of longevity have also been a factor in demise of Kensington and Chelsea, a similar form of political sclerosis with tragic consequences.

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