UPDATED: Labour 'desperate' for picking three O'Neills to fight Bexley Council leader with same name

Labour branded "desperate" after they pick three O'Neills to fight Tory with the same name

Margaret O'Neill said: "I was asked to stand as a paper candidate, it means someone who is not going to win."

UPDATED: Labour 'desperate' for picking three O'Neills to fight Bexley Council leader with same name

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Labour has been accused of being "desperate" after nominating three local election candidates in one ward with the same name as a sitting councillor.

Bexley's council leader Councillor Teresa O’Neill described her "shock" to News Shopper after finding out that the Labour candidates standing against her were all called O’Neill.

She said it is a plot to trick people who want to back her into voting for a rival candidate.

Mrs O'Neill said: "I think the whole thing is a bit pathetic to be honest, they are just desperate.

"Reactions from people on the doorstep show people in Bexley are pleased with what we are doing.

"We have been lobbying for lots of external investment for the borough.

"Why do they need to revert to theses silly games, they need to have more respect for the electorate.

"I came into politics to try and make people's lives better but this kind of behaviour just undermines everything we are trying to do."

A list of candidates published by the council confirms that in her Brampton ward a Margaret, a Michael and a Paul O’Neill are standing for Labour on May 22.

The two other Conservative councillors for the ward are also up for election.

The list shows two of the Labour O’Neills live at the same address: Margaret and Michael are married but are reportedly looking to move out of the borough after getting plans passed to build another dwelling in their garden.

Paul O’Neill, who is standing in his first election, married Teresa Pearce, Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead, this month.

Margaret O'Neill said: "I was asked to stand as a paper candidate, it means someone who is someone who is not going to win.

"My husband was asked to do the same thing because we were free to stand and that was that.

"I am not going to say anything else on the topic."

When asked if the couple were looking to move out of Bexley Mrs O Neill added "we have not made any kind decision on that yet".

Mrs Pearce said: "Mr and Mrs O’Neill live in Brampton ward and Michael has stood before as a paper candidate.

"I think the voters of Brampton are clever enough to understand a ballot paper.

"I can understand when elections come along candidates all get a bit twitchy and Coun O’Neill says it’s dirty tricks but it isn’t.

"I am sure by the 23rd it will all be forgotten.

"It is not like it is a surname like Blenkinsop that is fairly unusual.

"Coun O’Neill needs to relax a bit and have a bit of confidence in her own record."

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5:44pm Wed 30 Apr 14

bexley-is-bonkers says...

"I came into politics to try and make people's lives better"

Presumably this is the same £35k a year Teresa O'Neill as the one who asked the police to arrest me after I commented about her on line and when the police came after me they said I was guilty of "criticising councillors". That's all, it was the best they could come up with. The IPCC showed Bexley's finest the error of their ways.

When someone posted a load of obscenities in my name the police traced it to a Conservative councillor's phone line. After he was arrested Bexley council arranged a secret meeting with the CPS to get him off the hook.

Yeah right, Teresa O'Neill came into politics to make people's lives better. Her life and her cronies' lives.

All statements here are well documented.
"I came into politics to try and make people's lives better" Presumably this is the same £35k a year Teresa O'Neill as the one who asked the police to arrest me after I commented about her on line and when the police came after me they said I was guilty of "criticising councillors". That's all, it was the best they could come up with. The IPCC showed Bexley's finest the error of their ways. When someone posted a load of obscenities in my name the police traced it to a Conservative councillor's phone line. After he was arrested Bexley council arranged a secret meeting with the CPS to get him off the hook. Yeah right, Teresa O'Neill came into politics to make people's lives better. Her life and her cronies' lives. All statements here are well documented. bexley-is-bonkers
  • Score: 59

5:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

B L Zeebub says...

I am Spartacus !
I am Spartacus ! B L Zeebub
  • Score: -5

8:04pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Teresa O’Neill looks like Nick Griffin in drag.


PS 1......... I AM SPARTACUS.


PS 2......... Stick a fork in Griffin.....he's done !
Teresa O’Neill looks like Nick Griffin in drag. PS 1......... I AM SPARTACUS. PS 2......... Stick a fork in Griffin.....he's done ! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 21

4:08am Thu 1 May 14

HearTheFacts says...

Teresa O' Neill is a control freak, even her own councillors are scared of her. When they talk its her words, that come out!. She even controls the police!. She is a nasty horrible vile control freak, time for her to be voted out of office on the 22 May.
Teresa O' Neill is a control freak, even her own councillors are scared of her. When they talk its her words, that come out!. She even controls the police!. She is a nasty horrible vile control freak, time for her to be voted out of office on the 22 May. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 35

10:36am Fri 2 May 14

cupidstunt1976 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Teresa O’Neill looks like Nick Griffin in drag. PS 1......... I AM SPARTACUS. PS 2......... Stick a fork in Griffin.....he's done !
Lol you running scared if anyone gives it back to you! you`ll be posting at 11 tonight while every one else is out having fun lol :) good to see you stopped posting up names tho! lol
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Teresa O’Neill looks like Nick Griffin in drag. PS 1......... I AM SPARTACUS. PS 2......... Stick a fork in Griffin.....he's done ![/p][/quote]Lol you running scared if anyone gives it back to you! you`ll be posting at 11 tonight while every one else is out having fun lol :) good to see you stopped posting up names tho! lol cupidstunt1976
  • Score: -60

10:41am Fri 2 May 14

Invicta58 says...

Is she saying her constituents are so thick they can't be trusted to read a voting paper properly?

I wouldn't vote for anyone who had such objectionable views. What an appalling woman.
Is she saying her constituents are so thick they can't be trusted to read a voting paper properly? I wouldn't vote for anyone who had such objectionable views. What an appalling woman. Invicta58
  • Score: 11

10:58am Fri 2 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

cupidstunt1976 wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Teresa O’Neill looks like Nick Griffin in drag. PS 1......... I AM SPARTACUS. PS 2......... Stick a fork in Griffin.....he's done !
Lol you running scared if anyone gives it back to you! you`ll be posting at 11 tonight while every one else is out having fun lol :) good to see you stopped posting up names tho! lol
You still haven't grasped it have you. Dumb as a rock aint ya boi.

What names would that be ? You're just looking in the wrong place.

ROFLMAO at YOU.
[quote][p][bold]cupidstunt1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Teresa O’Neill looks like Nick Griffin in drag. PS 1......... I AM SPARTACUS. PS 2......... Stick a fork in Griffin.....he's done ![/p][/quote]Lol you running scared if anyone gives it back to you! you`ll be posting at 11 tonight while every one else is out having fun lol :) good to see you stopped posting up names tho! lol[/p][/quote]You still haven't grasped it have you. Dumb as a rock aint ya boi. What names would that be ? You're just looking in the wrong place. ROFLMAO at YOU. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 14

11:17am Sat 3 May 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

bexley-is-bonkers wrote:
"I came into politics to try and make people's lives better"

Presumably this is the same £35k a year Teresa O'Neill as the one who asked the police to arrest me after I commented about her on line and when the police came after me they said I was guilty of "criticising councillors". That's all, it was the best they could come up with. The IPCC showed Bexley's finest the error of their ways.

When someone posted a load of obscenities in my name the police traced it to a Conservative councillor's phone line. After he was arrested Bexley council arranged a secret meeting with the CPS to get him off the hook.

Yeah right, Teresa O'Neill came into politics to make people's lives better. Her life and her cronies' lives.

All statements here are well documented.
Is Peter Craske standing again, the bookmakers favourite?

On such notoriety, what happened to ex leader Ian Clement. He, just like Ms O'Neill, was a favourite of Boris Johnson. Maybe if Ms O'Neill does not get back in she can serve Boris. Then we can have Gareth as leader. People's champion.

And if Ms O'Neill thinks that people in Brampton will be confused, how do they get home via the roundabout come t junction at Trinity Place. Did spy some Council chaps looking at this the other day, so maybe it will revert to being a roundabout again. I would vote for that.
[quote][p][bold]bexley-is-bonkers[/bold] wrote: "I came into politics to try and make people's lives better" Presumably this is the same £35k a year Teresa O'Neill as the one who asked the police to arrest me after I commented about her on line and when the police came after me they said I was guilty of "criticising councillors". That's all, it was the best they could come up with. The IPCC showed Bexley's finest the error of their ways. When someone posted a load of obscenities in my name the police traced it to a Conservative councillor's phone line. After he was arrested Bexley council arranged a secret meeting with the CPS to get him off the hook. Yeah right, Teresa O'Neill came into politics to make people's lives better. Her life and her cronies' lives. All statements here are well documented.[/p][/quote]Is Peter Craske standing again, the bookmakers favourite? On such notoriety, what happened to ex leader Ian Clement. He, just like Ms O'Neill, was a favourite of Boris Johnson. Maybe if Ms O'Neill does not get back in she can serve Boris. Then we can have Gareth as leader. People's champion. And if Ms O'Neill thinks that people in Brampton will be confused, how do they get home via the roundabout come t junction at Trinity Place. Did spy some Council chaps looking at this the other day, so maybe it will revert to being a roundabout again. I would vote for that. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 4

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