Who’s in the first team?

THE muttering over Labour’s search for a replacement for Luciana Berger is more or less born out  the fact we all knew who Labour were to field in Camden’s boroughwide elections a few months ago. A list was posted on the party’s website with pictures and bios. If we hadn’t seen that, we might never have known that Berger was an official candidate for St Pancras and Somers Town.

In comparison, we still do not know for sure who is standing for the Conservatives or the Lib Dems in specific wards. We can guess, but there is no official full list of candidates. By not releasing that information, it’s easy for probable candidates to pose as concerned residents in local newspaper letters pages and when speaking public meetings. It also means they could do a manoeuvre like Berger has just performed without anyone noticing. It’s time they were straight and fielded the full line-up.

2 Comments on Who’s in the first team?

  1. The Camden Lib Dems and Conservatives always pick late, after being involved in a mad rush to find people to stand. They also tend to ‘place’ people in wards through the decisions of party leaders, rather than ward branches deciding, which is what happens with the local labour party.

  2. General Robin Hood // January 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm //

    You will find the Tory candidates here:


    As you correctly point out, candidates are posing as concerned local residents without clarifying, first and foremost, their own political affiliations. I think last week’s Full Council meeting is a perfect example of Tories and Lib Dems posing as ‘concerned’ members of the public making deputations to the Council. Cllr Penny Abraham points this out in the Tory deputation on Bloomsbury.



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