The Brent Liberal Democrats have failed to field a candidate for the Barnhill by-election on May 3rd 2012. Just two years ago at the local Brent Council elections in May 2010, the Lib Dems put up three candidates in Barnhill and they attracted a respectable 987, 903 and 799 votes for the three candidates there.
A number of questions arise on the mystery decision. Perhaps the Lib Dems are stepping aside to help out their Tory Coalition partners.
In addition, it has emerged that the Independent candidate, standing in the Barnhill by-election, stood for the Tories at the 2002 Brent Council elections in Queensbury Ward and according to this website, looks like he was involved with the Tories on a national scale as a Committee Member of the British Asian Conservative Link.
Labour’s candidate for the Brent Council by-election in Barnhill is Michael Pavey. Michael has considerable experience working in the employment sector in Brent, getting people into work.