So who is this David Leaf who was so keen to sell himself on Wednesday evening at the behest of mayor Val Clark and do his bit for suppression of democracy in this borough? A bit of research shows that the former Conservative Bexley councillor came 5th in the vote for his former Belvedere seat in May 2010. Must have been really popular to sink that decisively. His own website describes himself as formally (sic) a Conservative councillor but still involved in local politics. Actually that isnt the whole truth; he has a job in Westminster as researcher to Conservative MP for Witham, Essex, Priti Patel. Incongruously Ms. Patel claims on her website that she believes in the principles of accountability, transparency and fair play. Maybe someone should tell her that her research assistant doesnt.