• Proud Brit: Sally Gimson drapes herself in a Union Jack
    THIS one has been on the cards for a couple of months – most people in the Labour Party in Camden knew it was coming – but Sally Gimson has confirmed she will not stand for again in Highgate at the next year’s Town Hall elections. Her decision comes just over a year since she ran for the overall leadership of the council as the councillor who challenged Sarah Hayward for the top job. Cllr Gimson (pictured above with fellow Highgate councillor Oliver Lewis) didn’t win, [READ ON]
  • I CAME back from a summer holiday in a nice little corner of Europe this week to find that I need not have flown anywhere at all: sun-kissed Camden provides the perfect idyll. So it appears at least from Camden Council’s poetical new video supporting its attempts to be named ‘London Borough of Culture’ in a contest set up by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan and City Hall. And doesn’t the borough scrub up well under a warm movie filter, all rich and Instagrammy? Our canal is [READ ON]
  • A little catch-up

    August 1, 2017 // 1 Comment

    LONG time, no post. The news schedule in the CNJ office over the last few weeks may tell you why… it’s meant to be the slow, summer season. Anyway, time for a little catch-up… MP-AGAIN Zac Goldsmith may have been a touch hopeful when he wrote to Labour’s Tulip Siddiq asking for her help in securing the chairmanship of parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee earlier this summer. “I write to ask for your support,” he said in an emailed [READ ON]
  • SO after all that, how did she do? Everybody seems to have an opinion on how Georgia Gould, just a month into being leader of Camden Council, has handled what is the biggest test I can remember anybody in her new position facing in recent years. Her supporters joke that they feel even more reassured they have a safe pair of hands in place by the identity of some of the instant critics of the Chalcots evacuation; tweets and columns from a HHH rugby sticks trinity of Hodges, Hartley-Brewer and, [READ ON]
  • AFTER the last general election we took a look at how those who had gone further afield in search of a parliamentary seat had fared at the ballot box. It’s worth doing again for this election, as over the years it has become pretty standard business for councillors and activists to gravitate towards parliament. The House of Commons is stuffed with people who passed through Camden on their way to Westminster. So while we know what happened in Hampstead and Kilburn and Holborn and St [READ ON]
  • Camden School for Girls declares

    June 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

    NO prizes for guessing which party emerged as the victors when Camden School for Girls in Camden Town staged a mock general election on polling day last week. The result suggests reducing the voting age to 16 here would simply lead to Labour piling on more votes in the real thing, as students from council leader Georgia Gould’s old school gave her party a landslide win in the assembly hall. Intriguingly enough, ten students at the famous school, whose alumni also includes Emma Thompson, [READ ON]
  • IT may not have all  turned out exactly as the Conservatives in Hampstead wanted but one of the stories of general election of 2017 is surely the tag-team bromance which developed between Councillor Oliver Cooper and Hamish Hunter. A day hardly went by without these guys, usually in matching blue cagoules, posting selfies of each other getting the vote out: outside train stations, in the park, leaping over walls. Best friends for life, even on Saturday, they were back out together in NW3 to [READ ON]

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