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    Terry Stacy’s poker face

    December 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

    ONE for the old local politicians have selfies with celebs file (see Tulip Siddiq meeting Emma Thompson, Jonathan Simpson chilling with Kirsten Davis), and this one is huge… former Lib Dem Islington Council leader Terry Stacy meets none other than Lady Gaga. That’s one or two up from the Gunnersaurus, and it pains me to say, even Mesut Ozil. The Poker Face singer was today visiting the Albert Kennedy Trust, which works with 16-25 year young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people [READ ON]
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    IF it happened in Richmond Park, could it happen here? Needless to say, the Liberal Democrats, clinging onto one councillor in Camden, will hope Sarah Olney’s spectacular triumph over Zac Goldsmith last week is the beginning of a comeback. Areas like ours, with a high concentration of upset Remain voters and a not-too-distant history of side-swappping, particularly when inner doubts are touched on international issues rather than local ones, would be where the party would hope to recover ground. On the face of it, Goldsmith's support for Brexit appeared more relevant than his promises over the expansion of Heathrow. [READ ON]
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    Haven’t we seen you somewhere before…

    November 25, 2016 // 6 Comments

    FIVE public deputations walked through the Town Hall door on Monday night, and for a moment all the warnings we’ve rehearsed on these pages about the lack of public engagement at Camden’s flawed full council meetings seemed to have been stuff and nonsense. They had come, the people had actually come to speak in front of the councillors. Yet when two women billing themselves simply as two local residents worried about fly-tipping in West Hampstead had finished their complaints, there [READ ON]
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    AT last a little dose of humour in the chamber, as Sarah Hayward wrong-footed us all with a whizzer to kick off her leader’s speech at Monday evening’s full council meeting. You think she’s going to say something about incredibly uncertain times and Donald Trump, and then she pulls out the antics of Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor turned Gangnam-style Strictly Come Dancing contestant, instead. Switcharoo! Who would have predicted back in September that Ed Balls would’ve [READ ON]
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    JONNY Bucknell continues to come up with the unexpected from the backbenches of the council chamber. At Monday’s all-member meeting, the Conservative councillor proudly declared he was looking bleary-eyed because he had spent the early hours of the night before riding the new Northern Line Night Tube service… in the name of researching whether anybody was using it. “There were lots of young ladies riding it who at 3.30 in the morning were bright eyed and bushy-tailed, but by [READ ON]
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    ONE of the characters of our council chamber years, a man almost painted indelibly into the story of what has gone at the Town Hall over the last two decades is considering an end to his long stint on the Conservative benches. The Tories would be losing one of their most experience heads if Andrew Mennear, a councillor in supersafe Conservative ward Frognal, does decide that it is time to pull the curtain down. He’s coy if you ask him about his plans, but doesn’t deny that [READ ON]
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    TULIP Siddiq got a bit of what I think night czar Amy Lamé describes as a bitchslapping from Conservative minister Caroline Dinenage this week, at what looked like the birth of a tremendous rivalry. The Hampstead and Kilburn MP, you see, had failed to say anything nice about Tory policies on childcare during a debate on early years provision in Westminster Hall. Sorry for being the opposition spokeswoman on your brief, Tulip said in mock apology, before claiming she had ‘rattled’ [READ ON]

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    Camden Mandem

    December 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

    URBAN dictionaries on the internet suggest the meaning of the term “Mandem” varies from simply “a group of men”, “a group of friends” to the less charitable “a [READ ON]

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