The Shadow MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

SILLY old me thought it was just the Liberal Democrats who went in for the barmy, self-claimed title ‘Shadow MP’ for their prospective parliamentary candidates. But look out to Hornsey and Wood Green constituency and the Conservatives are using it too. Below is the sign off on the latest election circular from candidate Richard Merrin.

Camden readers will remember Merrin well. He has been a shadow councillor losing candidate in several council elections on this side of the borough boundary. Mean-spirited rivals have had a chuckle at his success rate, he once polled just 198 votes in Kentish Town. But surely his perseverance will pay off in the end? He’s fighting what looks like an impossible battle in H&WG but surely somebody so entranced with local politics, someone so desperate to serve the people, deserves a go in public office one day. One day.

Richard Merrin

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