Tooting councillors

The Labour Party has 19 councillors serving on Wandsworth Borough Council, of whom 12 were elected in the Tooting area. If you want to know more about how the council is organised, check out our Members' Guide. Find out more about each councillor by scrolling down this page.

List of Labour Party councillors by ward

To find out which ward you live in, enter your postcode on this page.

Bedford ward

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP

Fleur Anderson

Furzedown ward

Leonie Cooper AM

Candida Jones

Mark Thomas

Tooting ward

Annamarie Critchard

James Daley

Paul White

Graveney ward

Andy Gibbons

Alaina Macdonald

Rex Osbourne

Earlsfield ward

Rachael Stokes

 

Surgeries

All the councillors regularly hold surgeries which are your opportunity to talk to them about a local issue. There is no need to book an appointment, simply turn up on the day.

Tooting ward and Graveney ward

Every Saturday from 11am to 12 noon you can find Annamarie, James, Paul, Andy, Alaina or Rex at Tooting Library, 85 Mitcham Road, SW17 9PD (note: not including Saturdays before a bank holiday Monday)

Furzedown ward

1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month from 11.30am to 12.30pm. On the 1st Saturday of each month we are at the Furzedown Project, 93 Moyser Rd, SW16 6SJ, and on the 3rd Saturday of each month we are at St Albans Church, Pretoria Rd, SW16 6RR. There will be no surgeries in August.

 

Councillor contact details and biographies

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP

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Email: rosena@drrosena.co.uk

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Fleur Anderson

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Email: FAnderson@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Leonie Cooper AM

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Email: leoniecooper@wandsworth.gov.uk

Twitter: @LeonieC

Biography: Cllr Leonie Cooper was elected in 2006, and is one of the three Labour Councillors representing the Furzedown Ward. She is very involved in Furzedown - she drove the minibus for the Furzedown Project, set up the Friends of Tooting Common and is on the Committee of the Furzedown Community Network and helps with many of their events such as a 2-week summer festival with a well-attended centrepiece called the Big Day Out, an autumn quiz and a fantastic Christmas Market complete with stalls and Santa's Grotto. Leonie was the Labour lead at the council on housing for 4 years and then on Environment for 5 years, but is now a backbencher at the council as she also serves as the Wandsworth & Merton Assembly Member in London City Hall.

 

Candida Jones

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Email: CJones1@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Mark Thomas

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Email: markthomas@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Annamarie Critchard

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Email: ACritchard@wandsworth.gov.uk

Twitter: @AmCritchard

Biography: I came to London as a student a very long time ago – and liked it so much I stayed. I’ve always lived in South London and mostly in Tooting Constituency. I moved to Balham over 30 years ago. My two sons were born in St. George’s and went to local state primary and secondary schools.

I worked in IT for British Gas in Fulham; then took redundancy when the office moved to Staines. I totally changed career, moving to the NHS to run a GP surgery in Furzedown. I then took a post run community services and GP contracting for the NHS in Lambeth. I took early retirement in 2011, following an NHS reorganisation. This enabled me to have time to fulfil my long-held wish to be a local councillor. I was elected in 2014.

I serve on the Finance and Planning committees, and on Tooting Town Centre partnership board. Planning is one of the busiest committees as there’s lots of development in Wandsworth; and local people are keen to have their voices heard.

Finance is the “engine room” of local government, particularly as funding has been cut dramatically since 2010. All councils need to present balanced budgets and working out how to manage is very challenging.

The Tooting Town Centre partnership board is a group of business people and local interest groups who are interested in improving and developing Tooting Town Centre. I really enjoy my work with this group as it gives me a different perspective on the area and I can see how Tooting is developing.

I do have some free time outside of council duties!  I’ve been a member of the Woodcraft Folk – an organisation for children and young people – for over 20 years, and I help run a group for kids aged 10-13. This keeps me active and I particularly enjoy our trips camping in the Surrey hills. I volunteer at the local Oxfam bookshop once a week – and I also have a regular weekly walk with friends in the London area. It’s surprising how many lovely places are just a short train ride away from the city. I play Bridge every week – good brain exercise – and I like to cycle. You can spot me as I’ve got a blue racing bike and a bright pink jacket – and if you see me cycling round Tooting, I’m happy to stop and chat if I can do so safely.

 

James Daley

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Email: JamesDaley@wandsworth.gov.uk

Twitter: @tootingdaley

Biography: James has been a Labour councillor for Tooting ward since 2010. He's also been the chief whip of the Wandsworth Labour Group and a governor at Smallwood Primary School since 2011.

His proudest moment since becoming a councillor has been getting Fishponds playing field opened up to the public - a campaign that he started work on with Sadiq Khan in 2010.

Elsewhere in the ward, he's worked on campaigns to help residents on the Hazelhurst Estate clean up the mould in their flats - and helped keep the Derinton Community Centre out of private hands.

He's lived in Tooting since 2011 and thinks it is the best place on the planet to bring up his two children. What other square mile better represents the diversity of our world?

In the daytime, James runs his own business - a consumer group and research agency called Fairer Finance. He also writes a regular column for the Saturday Telegraph. He formerly worked for the consumer group Which?, and before that was the Personal Finance Editor at The Independent.

 

Paul White

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Email: pwhite@wandsworth.gov.uk

Twitter: @TootingPaul

Website: https://tootingpaul.wordpress.com/

Biography: Paul has lived in Tooting for 27 years. Born in St Thomas' Hospital to Irish immigrant parents (a nurse and a mechanic/TU shop steward), he went to local schools in South London and worked for 38 years in IT (from mainframes to minis!). He retired in 2015.

His two sons were born in St George's Hospital, one is now in the USA studying for a degree, while the other lives in Essex.

Paul joined the Labour Party in 1986 in Mitcham and Morden, but has had continued membership since 1992. He stood three times for council, unsuccessfully, before finally being elected in the Tooting ward by-election in August 2016.

He sits on the Housing committee, as well as Grants, Licencing, Corporate parenting committees and South London Relief in Sickness Fund. He also has a business brief for the Labour Group.

He is a founding member of Community Renewable Energy Wandsworth (CREW), having been inspired by Brixton Energy/Transition Town and projects there to install solar panels on social housing, involving the community in all aspects of the installation. He played a major part in two workshops aimed at raising awareness of damp issues and energy conservation on a social housing estate in Tooting.

He was Earlsfield Organiser for 4 years, which saw an Earlsfield councillor elected for the first time in 28 years.

He was the Wandsworth Labour Party Local Campaign Forum Chair for 18 months in 2015/16, which saw victories locally for Labour in the London Mayor, GLA, Tooting CLP, Tooting ward and Queenstown ward elections with massive swings to the Labour Party.

He is a member of Earlsfield Business Network, Tooting Neighbourhood Forum, BATCA and the UNITE union.

Paul set up and ran a successful football club (Tooting and Mitcham Juniors, then Hampton and Richmond Juniors) in the Wandsworth/Merton/Lambeth area for 15 years.

He was a Woodcraft Folk leader for 2 years (in 2000s) in Tooting.

 

Andy Gibbons

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Email: agibbons@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Alaina Macdonald

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Email: AMacDonald1@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Rex Osbourne

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Email: rosborn@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Rachael Stokes

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Email: RStokes@wandsworth.gov.uk

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