TIME was, Labour ministers spent half their lives at photo opps in Camden. They loved the place. Close to the Commons and, for a lot of them, their homes, the top bods fell over themselves to gee up spirits in the borough.
So what’s happened? Climate change minister and media-friendly ideas man Ed Miliband launched the council election manifesto a couple of weeks ago. But in this latest election, that’s more or less been about it so far.
Contrast that with Islington, where David Miliband, Ed Balls, Harriet Harman and Tessa Jowell have got stuck in over the last few weeks. Of course, cabinet figures have greater reason to visit Islington South than Holborn and St Pancras with Emily Thornberry more at risk of losing her seat than Frank Dobson. But what about up in Hampstead and Kilburn? Shouldn’t the head honchos be joining the campaign trail up there? They must know Glenda Jackson, despite clicking through the gears as the election grows nearer, is in real peril. She has been loyal to Gordon Brown, the least he could do is reward that with a stroll with her up the Kilburn High Road.