This is Cllr Malcolm Spalding, as well as being a Tory councillor for Earl’s Court Ward, We call him “Bananaman” not after the 1980s childrens’ cartoon, but because of his tendency to keep slipping up – one faux pas and ludicrous statement after another – see our old post featuring him standing in for our then MP Victoria Borwick at hustings in Earl’s Court here:
As we mentioned in our previous Earl’s Court special post, he is not very well liked by his constituents. His support for the Earls Court Masterplan and his ignorance of residents’ concerns doesn’t exactly help. In one case when local residents were complaining about all the dirt and dust caused by the redevelopment, he answered by saying that he had not seen any dust when dusting his grand piano – ludicrous!
Yes this bad joke of a Tory councillor prefers schmoozing property developers to meeting residents. Last Christmas, can you guess who he invited to sponsor the Earl’s Court Society Christmas do? That’s right – dodgy developers Crapco!!! (see more about them in our previous post) to the very understandable anger of many residents – not really in the spirit of the season of goodwill is it Bananaman?
In fact in Earl’s Court Ward last election the majority of his constituents voted for other parties – combined votes for Labour, Lib Dems and Greens: 3028, combined votes for Tories: 2714. With local Tories now more unpopular than ever, RBKC far from ship-shape and Labour and Lib Dems gaining in popularity there (particularly local Lib Dem councillor Linda Wade), his other Tory councillor colleague Fenella Aouane, has decided to abandon ship. THINK believe that at next year’s local elections, the Earl’s Court voting constituents will throw this one-time admiral of the fleet overboard…….