50 years ago: April 29, 1960 WHEN the nomination papers of the three candidates in the Fulham Council's Barons Court ward by-election were handed in at the town hall on Tuesday, there was a surprise.

On the nomination paper of the Liberal candidate, Mr FC Scrivener, the name of the proposer appeared as Mrs Kathleen Barton-Wright, whose resignation from the council and the Conservative opposition caused the by-election.

Mrs Barton-Wright told the Chronicle: "I am not a member of any political party at present.

"I was a member of the Conservative Party and I am still at Conservative.

"At this election I shall support the Liberal candidate, and I have signed his nomination paper as the proposer." Asked whether she intended to join the Liberal Party, she replied: "I have no comment to make."

The three candidates nominated for the by-election, on May 12, are: **Mr John Tagg (Conservative), of Queen's Club Gardens. Aged 27, he is a production engineer. **Mr Thomas Michael Cox (Labour), of Burne Jones House. Aged 31, he is employed by the Central Electricity Authority. **Mr Frederick Charles Scrivener (Liberal) of Lalor Street. Aged 45, he is a contracts manager.

25 years ago: May 3, 1985 LODGING RULES MAY HIT THE JOBLESS

UNEMPLOYED people living in Fulham hotels could be made homeless by new board and lodging rules introduced by the DHSS.

Scores of social security claimants held a demonstration to protest against the rules on Monday outside the Fulham DHSS office, Waterford Road, where they sign on.

They say that cuts in their social security will make them homeless.

The government's new regulations mean that the maximum the DHSS will pay for bed-and-breakfast accommodation is now £6.90 a night and many Fulham hotels cost at least £10 a night, they argue.

Single unemployed people can claim for accommodation in London for eight weeks. After that, the claimants say, they will be forced to move from place to place around the country.

The demonstration is the first action taken by the newly formed Homeless Against Social Security Lodging Limits group.

The group says that single people and young families are forced to live in "sub-standard" B&B hotels because they can't find decent hotels.

"Now they will be pushed on to the streets," a spokesman for the group said.