• THE Hampstead and Kilburn Conservatives were unable to run one of their so-called ‘open primaries’ in time for the general election, the US-style process of inviting every elector in the constituency to come and pick a candidate. As nice and democratic as this all sounds, just as mentioned on these pages a couple of posts back, you always felt you knew who the winner was going to be before you stepped through the door. This was certainly the case in 2013 when you’d stake your [READ ON]
  • ALMOST as soon as it was announced that Sarah Hayward had been shortlisted for the Labour candidacy in Hull West and Hessle, another carrier pigeon flew by to say it was all done and dusted and the decision hadn’t gone her way. We were rewriting on the page on Wednesday night. A disappointment for Sarah, then, but surely some form of relief for her husband who we know from her reasons for stepping down as Camden Council leader was made promises. Her day in Hull made a few of her [READ ON]
  • I DON’T know what it’s like for the punters or the organisers, but these candidate selection meetings are curious affairs: You always feel like you know the result before anybody steps through the door, and two hours later the person who most people assumed would win, wins. Both Kemi Badenoch and Henry Newman, confident speakers this evening in front of a large turnout at the Hampstead Synagogue, were being talked about as ‘future MPs’ after the decision was made. [READ ON]
  • CONSERVATIVE Central Office has FINALLY worked out the final shortlist for Hampstead and Kilburn and London Assembly member Kemi Badenoch is the late addition to the contest. She joins Henry Newman and Camden Conservative group leader Claire-Louise Leyland at the selection meeting in West Hampstead this evening. All 700 or so local constituency members have been invited. At a few days’ notice, they might not get that many through the door but it should be a lively turnout. Each candidate [READ ON]
  •   THERE’S no election fatigue for Highgate councillor, London Assembly member and former mayoral candidate Sian Berry, who is set to stand against Labour’s Keir Starmer in Holborn and St Pancras at the general election. Start the sweepstake then on how long Labour ward rival Oliver Lewis takes to make a comment on how many roles she will potentially have to juggle in the next month and a half. Sian tweets that she’s just at the filing papers stage, but if someone of her [READ ON]
  • IT’S easy to write off last night’s ratfoolery in the Town Hall chamber during a debate on Camden’s new bin arrangements as the solo antics of a councillor with a history of maverick – and sometimes bizarre – interventions. But was the introduction of a remote control rat really all down to Jonny Bucknell’s eccentricity? Let’s have look at the replay, Gary, from another angle? And there you have it, the council’s webcast feed appears to show front [READ ON]
  • WHAT could be going on behind the scenes of the Conservative parliamentary selection process in Hampstead and Kilburn? With the final decision on a candidate to take on Tulip Siddiq due in the constituency night, Conservative Home report that Claire-Louise Leyland is on the shortlist (no surprise if you’ve been following the intrigue on these pages) along with Henry Newman (as you learned here last night). But what about Siobhan Baillie, the Frognal councillor who was all set to [READ ON]

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one line updates
* Council leader Sarah Hayward shortlisted to be Labour parliamentary candidate in Hull *
* Claire-Louise Leyland selected as Conservative candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn *
* London Assembly member Kemi Badenoch shortlisted in Hampstead and Kilburn by Tories *
* Tories to pick Hampstead and Kilburn tonight (25/4) *
* Sian Berry set to stand for Greens in Holborn and St Pancras *
* Former Hampstead and Kilburn candidate Rebecca Johnson to stand for Commons again, against Meg Hillier in Hackney South *
* Supporters of Siobhan Baillie call for her to be added to Hampstead and Kilburn candidate shortlist *
* Tories shortlist Henry Newman and Claire-Louise Leyland for Hampstead and Kilburn selection *
* Anti-Corbyn protest banner flown over Wembley during FA Cup semi-final *
* Siobhan Baillie completes London Marathon in 5hrs 34 mins *
* Labour and Tory activists clash at Queen's Park Farmers Market *
* Francis Maude and Ed Vaizey join Tory canvass in Hampstead and Kilburn *
* Former Holborn and St Pancras candidate Will Blair interested in a new run for parliament *
* June 8 Election count venue expected to be Somers Town Sports Centre *
* Camden assembly member Andrew Dismore confirms he will not be standing for parliament this time *
* Tories expected to pick a candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn by Tuesday evening *
* No candidate selection in Camden so far from the Greens *

* Kilburn councillor Douglas Beattie (Lab)interested in standing for a Commons seat *
* Lib Dem candidate Kirsty Allan pledges 'visible' campaign in Hampstead and Kilburn *
* Former UKIP candidate in Holborn and St Pancras Maxine Spencer tweets that she has left the party and will not be standing again *
* Camden councillor Siobhan Baillie confirms she has passed central office tests and is on list of possible Tory parliamentary candidates *
* Independent councillor Andrew Marshall, the former leader of the Camden Conservatives announces he shall vote for Lib Dems *
* Former Labour MP Glenda Jackson's newspaper columnist son Dan Hodges confirms he will vote for the Tories *


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