Local campaigners first to be selected as Conservative council candidates for 2018

Greenwich Conservatives have selected their first six candidates for the next council elections in May 2018, as the current four-year council term passes its half-way point. Local Party members in Eltham South and Coldharbour & New Eltham wards selected their respective teams at selection meetings held this week.

In Eltham South ward, sitting councillor Matt Clare will be joined by former councillors Nigel Fletcher and Pat Greenwell at the 2018 local elections, with the pair selected from a strong field of five candidates on Monday night. Matt, Nigel and Pat will continue to work with sitting councillors Mark Elliott and Nuala Geary as they complete the rest of their term on the council, having decided not to seek re-election.

Nigel Fletcher is well known to Eltham residents having served as an Eltham councillor from 2005 to 2014, including as Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Opposition Spokesperson for Culture and the Olympics. He said: "I'm delighted to have been chosen again as a Conservative candidate in Eltham, where I've lived for over 12 years now. It's a great area, and I'm looking forward to working with Pat and the current Councillors to be a strong voice for Eltham South."

Pat Greenwell lives in Woodcroft Close and is Chair of Eltham South Conservatives. She serves as a Governor of Haimo School and is heavily involved in the local community. Before moving to Eltham, Pat was previously a councillor in North Tyneside, where she served as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care. She said: "I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to seek to represent the residents of Eltham South. I passionately believe that it is everyone's right to live in a happy, safe and clean environment - and I look forward to working towards that goal with the rest of the team."

In Coldharbour & New Eltham ward, sitting Councillors John Hills, Mandy Brinkhurst and Matt Hartley were all re-selected to stand in 2018 after a competitive selection from a field of four candidates on Wednesday night. John has served as a councillor for the ward since 2000, Mandy since 2006 and Matt since 2014.

Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, said: “I am delighted that Nigel and Pat will be joining the team as our first new candidates selected for the next set of local elections.

“Both bring a wealth of experience to the role – Nigel as a long-standing Eltham councillor and former Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and Pat as a local school governor and former local authority Cabinet Member. Most importantly, both are terrific local campaigners who will fight hard to stand up for Eltham South residents on the council, as Matt, Mark and Nuala continue to do week in, week out.”

Further wards will select their candidates over the coming months.