A huge thank you from the Temple and Farringdon Together team elected yesterday #CityVote2017


The results are out. Just before 11:00 pm last night, all ten of the Temple and Farringdon Together candidates were declared the victors In a hard fought City of London election in the Ward of Farringdon Without. With a turnout of 716, the highest in many years, the votes cast were:

Candidate Team Number of votes
George Christopher Abrahams Temple and Farringdon Together 403 (E)
John David Absalom Temple and Farringdon Together 400 (E)
Caroline Kordai Addy Temple and Farringdon Together 440 (E)
Nicholas Bennett  Farringdon Focus 149
Colin Buchanan Davidson Farringdon Focus 208
Alexander John Cameron Deane Farringdon Focus 167
Stuart James Gardner Independent 42
Francis John Patrick Hoar Farringdon Focus 164
Gregory Lawrence Temple and Farringdon Together 408 (E)
Andrew Philip Lomas Farringdon Focus 163
Charles Edward Lord Temple and Farringdon Together 404 (E)
Julian Henry Malins Farringdon Focus 209
Paul Nicholas Martinelli Temple and Farringdon Together 410 (E)
Wendy Mead Temple and Farringdon Together 425 (E)
Sophia Ellen Morrell Farringdon Focus 190
David James Nicholls Farringdon Focus 168
Adam Fox McCloud Richardson Farringdon Focus 147
Lewis Alistair Rodger Independent 50
Ruby Sayed Temple and Farringdon Together 427 (E)
Oliver Matthew Sells Temple and Farringdon Together 424 (E)
James William David Upton Temple and Farringdon Together 390 (E)
Mark Watson-Gandy  Farringdon Focus 144

T&FT’s campaign manager, Deputy Edward Lord said:

“We are so grateful to the electors in Farringdon Without for giving Temple and Farringdon Together such an overwhelming mandate for the next four years. We won’t let you down. We promised a progressive open approach to City governance and that is what we will deliver. Thank you to all our supporters and to the many people who came to help us on election day.”

Today is Election Day. In #FarringdonWithout, vote Temple & Farringdon Together #CityVote2017

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Please use your 10 votes to support the Temple and Farringdon Together team.

If you have received a postal ballot and haven’t yet returned it, please deliver it by hand to your nearest polling station before 20:00 today.

If you do not have a postal vote, you may vote in person today from 08:00 to 20:00. If you are inside Temple you need to cast your vote at Pegasus Bar, all other voters must cast their vote at St Andrew’s Court House, by Holborn Circus.

Ruby Sayed speaks for Temple and Farringdon Together at #CityVote2017 Wardmote


At yesterday’s Farringdon Without Wardmote, Ruby Sayed addressed the audience of electors on behalf of the Temple and Farringdon Together team, setting out our vision for the City and the Ward:

“What makes Temple & Farringdon Together different?

  • We have a huge respect for the traditions, history and global importance of the City
  • But we are also acutely aware of the importance of being accountable to voters and the wider community – particularly against the back drop pf current economic and political challenges – and of course BREXIT.

The TFT team of 10 candidates is made up of professionals, business owners and residents. Collectively we have lived and worked in the City for a long time and are all well established and have a deep understanding of the City and our Ward

We are a diverse and varied group from different backgrounds, all with a genuine interest and commitment to the City.

With many candidates standing for election in the same Ward making a differentiated and objective voting decision can sometimes be difficult.

By standing on a united platform of Temple and Farringdon Together, we hope you will know who we are and what we stand for when voting tomorrow.

So, who are we and what makes us worthy of your vote?

We are 6 current and established Councillors with a strong track record which speaks for itself; and standing for election for the first time are 4 well respected Temple Barristers.

Can I firstly introduce our current Councillors.

We have:

George Abrahams

John Absalom

Greg Lawrence

Paul Martinelli

who are all successful business owners in Smithfield Market and are highly respected by their colleagues and residents in the Smithfield area. They are committed and hardworking Councillors, not only representing the interests of Smithfield but the Ward as a whole.

For example, Paul, along with Wendy Mead and Edward Lord (our other current Councillors on the TFT team) lead the campaign to reverse the decision to close Tudor Street. They advocated fiercely alongside our new Alderman Gregory Jones and with the support of Oliver Sells QC.

George, John, Greg & Paul are all proactive on various committees and their dedication to the City is backed up by commercial experience and Not For Profit public service.

Wendy Mead – was prominent in saving Bart’s Hospital from closure.  She serves on and Chairs a number of committees and unsurprisingly has been elected to the senior role of Chief Commoner which commences in April.

Edward Lord, our last but not least, serving Councillor is a City resident and has been a strong advocate of ethics, equality and diversity and better governance and transparency in the City. He is a non-executive director for several companies and public bodies & magistrate.

Then there are 4 of us new comers to the elections, albeit not new to our Ward!

Can I introduce:

Oliver Sells QC – leading criminal practitioner at 5 Paper Buildings and Recorder at the Old Bailey. – very active member and Bencher of Inner Temple, who served on the Bar Council for 8 years

Caroline Addy – member of 1 Brick Court specialsing in media, defamation, privacy and harassment – is a friend of the Refugee Council, volunteer defence council for students of her Inn was also involved in the Commonwealth Press Union Legal Advice Scheme.

Will Upton – member of 6 Pump Court and specialises in planning, environmental and local government law. Will promotes sustainable development and better environmental quality. He has served on the UK Environmental Law Committee and serves on the committee of the Local Government and Environment Bar Assocation.

Ruby Sayed – member of 1 Pump Court specialising in Family and Children Law. Entrepreneur and run 2 small business in the hospitality sector and renewable energy infrastructure finance. Chair of Asian Women’s Resource Centre and Bury St Edmonds’ Women’s Refuge. I have campaigned for 20 years for the rights of Women and Children.

Between us, we bring a wealth of experience, individual strengths, skills and expertise, which we believe will serve our constituents and the City well.

Together we believe we can make a real difference in representing the diverse communities in the City.

  • We want all of our constituents to feel included and be included.
  • We will stand up for and champion fairness & transparency – equality & diversity.
  • We hope you will find us approachable, down to earth and easy to talk to.
  • We hope you will feel confident to come and talk to us about issues that affect you.

If elected, we promise to listen; and do what we can to help –  be a voice for you and represent you to the best of our abilities.

We will consult with you on important issues so that your views are properly and fairly represented.

You will have all received our booklet – this was prepared after consulting with both residents and workers in this area and identifying some of the main issues affecting us all.

These issue include:

  • Supporting and improving our working and living environment;
  • Addressing traffic, transport & congestion issues! – ensuring that the City is accessible to all, especially to people with mobility issues and other disabilities.
  • Fighting to keep business rates reasonable so that large and small businesses can thrive and co-exist.
  • Having Courts that are accessible and fit for purpose.
  • Promoting London’s 3 wholesale markets and ensuring that they are supported and sustained.

We want to have an improved recycling service for residents and businesses alike which are workable and economically viable.

We want to ensure and continue fighting for proper access to the Temple.

Traffic and congestion is a major issue. We will address this by pressing for greater controls and better planning of road works – and the introduction of consolidated deliveries to businesses in the City to ensure that white vans and HGVs do not block our streets.

We do not support all vehicles being banned from the Bank area, in particular taxis and blue badge holders. This is not a sensible solution because the area needs to be accessible and user friendly for all – by both private and our public transport system.

Air pollution is another big issue and Wendy Mead has already introduced a low emission neighbourhood – but more needs to be done. We will work with the Corporation and consult with you on what further action can and should be taken.

Businesses and resident suffer with poor broadband speed and limited WIFI infrastructure. We welcome the news that the Corporation has entered into new contracts to improve these but will push hard for this to be implemented in the City as soon as possible.

The City has historically always innovated and this has produced great wealth supported by a regulatory, financial and legal infrastructure which is the envy of the world. This wealth must continue to be generated and managed and used responsibly. So;

  • We will be calling for enhanced primary and urgent care facilities to be implemented at Bart’s Hospital.
  • We also support investment for those in need, from more housing, investment in education and improved social care for children, young people and adults.
  • The Prime Minister has prioritised tackling domestic violence and we will be re-enforcing the need for prevention and more protection for all victims of domestic abuse. We will press the City to fund emergency refuges and support services for victims of all genders and ages.


  • For hundreds of years the City of London has overcome challenges and upheaval. Recent international events and developments have created significant political and economic uncertainty
  • Temple and Farringdon Together intends to work with the Corporation to assist Government in ensuring that London remains THE dominant global economic platform.

I hope Temple and Farringdon Together can count on your support to enable us to deliver on our objectives and represent your best interests.”

Meet your election candidates today 12 noon St Andrew Holborn #CityVote2017 #FarringdonWithout


Ahead of tomorrow’s City of London election in the Ward of Farringdon Without, voters have the opportunity today to meet all twenty two candidates contesting the Ward’s ten council seats, including the Temple and Farringdon Together team.

The Wardmote, a formal gathering to which all of the Ward’s electors have been invited, takes place at 12 noon today, Wednesday 22 March, in the Church of St Andrew Holborn, on Holborn Circus. With traditional City ceremony, an Alderman will kick-off the election process and the candidates will be given the opportunity to speak and answer questions from registered voters.

The Temple and Farringdon Together team will be introduced by Ruby Sayed who will speak on behalf of all ten candidates. Questions will be fielded by the most relevant candidate, depending on the subject.

We hope as many electors as possible will attend this important occasion to meet and question their council candidates.

Temple and Farringdon Together make front page of @City_Matters as unity slate #CityVote2017


The Temple and Farringdon Together team have made the front page of the City of London’s local paper, City Matters with the news that our ten candidates have formally joined up to offer a diverse and experienced slate to electors in Farringdon Without.

The team has broken the mould in City elections by registering with the Electoral Commission to allow the candidates to be identified on the ballot paper as part of Temple and Farringdon Together.

T&FT’s election agent Edward Lord commented:

“We are proud to be giving the people of Farringdon Without the opportunity to vote for a united team of six established local councillors and four leading Temple barristers, offering huge and varied experience. By officially badging the slate as Temple and Farringdon Together we are hoping to make it easier for voters to know who we are and what we stand for.

Bringing together the Temple and Farringdon Together team in this way in no way diminishes our commitment to serving the City of London independently and to providing the very best representation for all constituents in Farringdon Without.”

Temple and Farringdon Together calls for action on traffic congestion and road works


Some of the streets in the west of the City of London are amongst the most congested in London and there is a serious risk of worse to come with planned changes at the Aldwych and on the Embankment due to the Tideway Tunnel works at Blackfriars.

Temple and Farringdon Together believe that action needs to be taken to allow essential vehicle movements and deliveries to take place and to allow public transport to move freely getting commuters and visitors to the places they need on time.

T&FT’s Oliver Sells QC met recently with Transport for London and City Corporation officers and came away very concerned:

“The programme for roadworks and road closures in the coming years is massive and could cause complete gridlock in the west of the City. We must get TfL to think again about their proposals and get the City to come up with a plan to mitigate the inevitable congestion.”

Temple and Farringdon Together are making some constructive suggestions for such an action plan, including:

  1. Reviewing the number and frequency of buses on routes through Fleet Street and Holborn, especially outside the ‘rush hour’ periods;
  2. Re-opening some of the side streets which have been closed as part of the City’s ‘ring of steel’ operation to ease congestion on major roads;
  3. Instituting delivery consolidation centres and approved delivery hours to reduce the number of ‘white vans’ parked on the City’s streets, especially at busy times;
  4. Seeking better regulation and co-ordination of road works and utility works that impact on traffic movements; and
  5. Undertaking a thorough review of whether other steps might be taken to reduce the number of non-essential private vehicle movements in the City during the busiest times of the day.

Paul Martinelli CC, who represents Farringdon Without on the City’s planning and transportation committee, commented:

“Action really does need to be taken now to stop the City’s streets clogging up entirely. This will involve some innovative thinking to ensure that customers and deliveries can get to and from our local businesses, and that residents can move freely when they need to.”

T&FT support Old Bailey refurb and aim to make all City Courts accessible and fit for purpose



The City of London Corporation owns and provides three courts in the Square Mile: the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), Mayor & City of London Court (county court), and the City of London Magistrates’ Court.

All three buildings are increasingly tired and in need of a radical overhaul if they are to remain fit for purpose in the twenty-first century and all three present significant access issues for disabled court users.

Temple and Farringdon Together, recognising the importance of these facilities to stakeholders in our Ward, welcome the Corporation’s decision with HM Courts & Tribunals Service to invest around £30 million in refurbishing the Old Bailey, bringing its infrastructure up to modern standards.

The same now needs to happen with the county court and magistrates’ court, which require either significant spending on their current sites or a proposal to move them individually or together to a new location, possibly close to the Old Bailey where some facilities might be shared. In any event, all three courts must be made fully inclusive to all who need to gain access to them.

Temple and Farringdon Together‘s Edward Lord, who sits as a Justice of the Peace at the City Magistrates’ Court and hearing appeals at the Old Bailey, commented:

“The City’s Courts are in a fairly dismal state and need a great deal of care and attention to bring them back up to the quality that the judiciary, advocates, staff, and other court users expect, especially of the nation’s premier criminal court.

We are delighted that the City is addressing some of the challenges at the Old Bailey and will be lobbying hard to see improvements at the other two courts, or possibly even a move to new state of the art premises.”

Access to the Temple remains a top priority says T&FT’s Oliver Sells QC


Last year’s plan by Transport for London to close Tudor Street brought home to many who live and work in the Temple the importance of closer liaison between the Inns and the City of London Corporation. It was only through the swift action of local City Councillors Edward Lord, Paul Martinelli, Wendy Mead and Gregory Jones that saw the decision to close Tudor Street reversed at April’s City Council meeting.

Since then, through the hard work of Edward, Paul, Wendy, and Greg, and the leadership of the City’s new planning chairman Chris Hayward, a new proposal was brought forward which keeps access and egress via Tudor Street and neighbouring roads and which has the support of both Inner Temple and Middle Temple and many local occupiers.

Looking forward, the Temple and Farringdon Together team are committed to ensuring access to the Temple is maintained and enhanced, including pressing for the re-opening of Temple Avenue onto the Embankment.

T&FT team member, Oliver Sells QC, a Temple resident and tenant at 5 Paper Buildings, said:

“It is crucial to the ongoing success of the Temple as the heart of the legal profession that barristers and their clients can get into and out of the area without hindrance. That is why Temple and Farringdon Together is determined to keep Tudor Street open and to review the closure of Temple Avenue’s junction with the Embankment.”

A message from Alderman Elect Greg Jones QC: I’m backing the Temple & Farringdon Together team



Dear Fellow Elector,

I am writing to thank you for electing me as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Without two weeks ago and for giving me such a clear mandate. For those who haven’t seen the full results yet, the votes cast were:

Dr Helen Carr                                                  26

Robert Hughes-Penney                                98

Gregory Jones                                                  443

In seeking election as Alderman, I was clear that I wanted to be a visible and active figure in the Ward leading our team of City Councillors representing you, our electors.

On March 23rd, you will be asked to vote again; this time to elect the ten Councillors who will be your voice on issues like planning, air quality, transport, congestion, and open spaces. I wanted therefore to introduce you to the ten Temple and Farringdon Together candidates that I hope you will support in that election. They are:

George, John, Greg, Edward, Paul, and Wendy are all current hardworking local councillors serving this area. Caroline, Ruby, Oliver, and Will are all barristers in chambers within the Temple, who have strong experience as advocates and campaigners.

This is the team that I trust will deliver for our area and I hope you will join me in voting for them.

With best wishes,



A note about procedure – the Alderman as Returning Officer

It is has been a tradition that the Alderman of the ward usually acts as returning officer for his or her ward in the common council elections.  Given the proximity of the two elections and my close involvement with my own supporters who are now candidates for common council I have already taken the very clear view that it would not be appropriate for me to serve as the returning officer for our ward.    Accordingly, my first act upon election was to write to the Town Clerk recusing myself from service as returning officer in this ward.  The office of the Town Clerk has accepted my position.  I will not act as returning officer for the ward of Farringdon Without on 23 March.