Back in November we reported that posters, claiming that the City & Hunslet Councillors were “Missing”, had been stuck up overnight across Beeston Hill, and Hunslet.
Beeston resident Ed Carlisle is today announcing that he was behind the posters and is standing against Patrick Davey in the May elections. Ed will be standing for the Green Party, but says he wasn’t a member when he produced the poster.
On his website, Ed says:
“I did it because I’m totally fed up with our out-of-touch councillors, and wanted to get people talking about the poor state of local politics in our community.”
“When I did the posters, I was just a fed-up citizen taking action. I had no organisation behind me, wasn’t the member of any political party, and wasn’t planning to stand in the election. But when I saw the response, and got talking to people, it felt like I needed to act – and so I find myself here, working to get elected.”
Ed’s community activities including writing for South Leeds Life, and he is on our committee. It’s perhaps slightly embarrassing that we didn’t know he was behind the posters, but he chose to remain anonymous at the time.
South Leeds Life has always stated that we do not support any political party. We still don’t and we are not supporting Ed’s candidacy. We encourage readers to vote and we give a platform for all candidates to say who they are and what they stand for on an equal footing.
On behalf of the committee I would like to make it clear that Ed has stood down as Chair for the duration of the election campaign and we are monitoring his articles to ensure we don’t breech our own rules about political neutrality.
Those posters in full: