A COMMUNITY campaigner who admits putting up playful ‘missing’ posters for a trio of councillors in his neighbourhood has now decided to stand for election against them.
Ed Carlisle, 36, from Beeston, will stand for the Green party in May’s local elections in the City and Hunslet ward.
Mr Carlisle, known for his work with projects including Together 4 Peace, Beeston Festival and a campaign to redevelop Holbeck Viaduct, said he had no intention to stand for election - and had no previous affiliations with any political party - but was driven to do so by disillusionment with the current system.
“My intention at the time [of putting up the posters] was to playfully generate some local political debate - I wasn’t planning to stand in the election,” he said.
“But when I saw the huge reaction stirred up by the posters, I realised many people across the area felt the same way. I felt it demanded a response, so I’ve decided to stand.
“I’m passionate about this city and its communities, especially those in the south - Beeston, Hunslet, and beyond - where I live. We desperately need change in our community.”
He added on his blog: “I felt a bit bad doing [the posters]. I don’t like being negative about people, even in a light-hearted way. But I did it because I’m totally fed up.”
The YEP reported back in November that cheeky posters claiming the three ward councillors in City and Hunslet ward were missing had been branded “malicious” by the trio.
Speaking at the time for herself and colleagues Mohammed Iqbal and Patrick Davey, councillor Elizabeth Nash said there was “no foundation whatsoever” in the campaign’s claims of inaction. She suspected political opponents of being behind the mischief.
And speaking today, Coun Iqbal added: “It’s very obvious that the real reason of doing those posters is that he is very desperate to get into politics.
“I have been a councillor for 16 years, Elizabeth Nash has represented the same ward for 25 years and Patrick Davey for 12 or 13 years.
“We are accepted by the community and are always available to them. We are never ‘missing’.”