• Mastermind chair

    I’ve started so I’ll finish

    February 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

    John Humphrys asked on Mastermind the other night... 'what is the name of the grassroots political movement formed by John Lansman and others in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn's victory in the 2015 Labour leadership contest?' [READ ON]
  • Jonny Bucknell
    THE story went that Jonny Bucknell had decided to step down ahead of next year’s council elections and not face the public vote because his housing case was hanging over him. Not so, it turns out. He says he did want to stand but was de-selected by the party. He sent over a long account of what’s been going on, which is a little long for the whole whack to go into the CNJ. But there’s no restrictions on length here, so you can read all of his side of the story here. The Tories [READ ON]
  • Rishi Madlani

    Reprobates united

    January 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

    While councillors were meant to come together to oppose Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban last night, Rishi Madlani grew so irritated with heckles from Gio Spinella that during one flashpoint he called him a 'reprobate' [READ ON]
  • Tulip Siddiq
    TULIP Siddiq was apparently seen scurrying through Westminster Hall before she had resigned from Labour’s front bench (but with everybody knowing that she was probably about to) yesterday, being pursued by one of the news channels asking her to do the deed live on air. There were echoes of the indulgent journalism row and media frowning which followed Stephen Doughty’s live resignation on the BBC last year; a blogpost on the Corporation’s website which sort of bragged about how every [READ ON]
  • West Hampstead Tories
    THE Conservatives in Camden have a host of new faces in their bid to expand their territory at next year’s council elections, although this means they will be heading into battle without a sort of holy trinity of three long-serving councillors. You’d have to go a long way back to find a slate which didn’t include Andrew Mennear, Andrew Marshall and Jonny Bucknell – two former group leaders and perhaps the most colourful, quotable backbencher at the Town Hall. But all [READ ON]
  • gary-lineker
    MATCH Of The Day host, former England goalscorer and the nation’s favourite crisp marketeer Gary Lineker incurred the wrath of The Sun when he tweeted about refugees instead of soccer goals last year. But the negative editorials and jug ear jokes have not stopped him having his say – and this week he was playing political pundit again on social media, suggesting the Labour Party may go for a hat-trick in terms of picking leaders from north London. When rather than if, he suggested, [READ ON]
  • Jeremy Corbyn

    Slate expectations

    January 23, 2017 // 4 Comments

    WHILE there is no mandatory reselection process for Tulip Siddiq and Keir Starmer when their first terms as MPs reach an end, there’s no such fortune for local Labour councillors, who have to win selection contests in their wards ahead of each election if they want to stand again. This isn’t normally a problem but, especially in safe or target seats, we've seen in the past there can occasionally be some push and shove - and with that there’s been an assumption almost that supporters of Jeremy Corbyn will run for a reshuffled pack when the process opens to find candidates for next year’s Camden Council elections. [READ ON]

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  • _tlsi9xy

    The Bugle

    January 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

    THE rooms of local authorities need to be opened up, so a word must go to Daniel Hope, the relentless blogger in Barnet who played his own, unique role in trying to bring [READ ON]
  • Married At First Sight

    Where there’s weddings, there’s wonga…

    January 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

    WHEN TV producers came knocking at Islington Council’s door this time last year asking whether its registrars could marry four sets of complete strangers for the intriguing [READ ON]
  • Glenda Jackson at the doorway of the North London Tavern

    When will it be ‘Dame Glenda’?

    January 9, 2017 // 1 Comment

    IT was a happy new year for that well respected man Ray Davies, the Highgate villager who discovered he will soon by kneeling for a tap at the Palace after being knighted. [READ ON]

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  • BorisOsley

    Fifteen years later…

    January 9, 2017 // 6 Comments

    TODAY would be a good time to crank the blog out of its festive hibernation; more than one local politico has told me they have not appreciated Terry Stacy and Lady Gaga [READ ON]
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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 [READ ON]
  • Flick Rea Europe EU
    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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    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]
  • Chantelle de Villiers

    Haven’t we seen you somewhere before…

    November 25, 2016 // 8 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 [READ ON]
  • ed_0
    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 [READ ON]
  • img_0740
    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 [READ ON]
  • Andrew Mennear
    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 [READ ON]

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