Former Blur drummer DAVE ROWNTREE will stand in the UK local elections as a Labour candidate next month (MAY07). Rowntree, who has been a long-standing member of the party, will represent London's Marylebone constituency in the forthcoming by-election. He says, "I'm a Westminster resident and in my experience of living here, it all looks lovely - there are hanging baskets everywhere - but you only need to scratch the surface and see that there's lots of deprivation and a lot of inequality around. "I think someone needs to do something about it."