Charlie Davis to stand in Eltham North council by-election

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Local Conservatives in Eltham have selected Charlie Davis to stand in a council by-election caused by the resignation of Labour councillor Wynn Davies. The contest, in Eltham North ward, will be held on 10th November.

One of the two Labour councillors who was elected for the first time in 2014, it emerged last week that Labour’s Wynn Davies had resigned his Eltham North seat, two years before the end of his four-year term.

Charlie Davis, 22, works in financial services, providing funding for small business. He grew up in Eltham, lives in the ward and is an experienced local activist – most recently campaigning for the restoration of free parking on Glenlea Road behind Eltham station. He was previously a candidate in the last local elections in 2014 and is a keen sportsman, playing rugby locally.

The Conservative candidate kicked off his by-election campaign by announcing a four-point plan based around support for Eltham High Street, action on parking, better sports facilities in the ward and opposition to Labour councillors’ plans for a new £49/year ‘Tenant Tax’ on council tenants.

Conservative candidate Charlie Davis said: “I grew up in Eltham and live with my family on Dunvegan Road – so I know our area well. I want to give local people a much stronger voice on the council, so our views aren’t ignored when decisions are made in Woolwich.

“Whether it comes to supporting our High Street, parking issues or securing the better sports facilities I think we need in the ward, I will do everything I can to make our area a better place to live and work. I’m looking forward to the campaign and hope I can count on residents’ support.”

Cllr Matt Hartley, Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, said: "We are delighted that Charlie has been selected as our candidate for this crucial by-election, especially given all of his hard work in the ward to date.  He would be a strong voice for residents and a terrific addition to the Conservative team in the Town Hall, and we are looking forward to supporting his campaign over the coming month." 

Cllr Spencer Drury, the sitting Conservative councillor in Eltham North, said: “I have known Charlie for six years, and I have absolutely no doubt that he will be an outstanding local councillor for Eltham North – and one who will always put the interests of local residents first.

“The choice on 10th November is clear – voting for yet another Labour councillor who will always do what the Woolwich-based Council tells them – or voting for Charlie Davis who will give the area the stronger voice we need.”

The Eltham North ward council by-election will be held on Thursday 10th November. Polls are open 7am to 10pm. More information can be found at www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/elections