BRIAN Woodrow, Camden’s former planning chairman, is signing off 20 years at the Town Hall this week. Despite his vast experience, he was a victim of the often-cruel bear pit that is Labour’s candidate selection and wasn’t re-selected to stand in his Holborn and Covent Garden ward for the May 6 elections.
From the outside, it looks like he has reason to feel bitter. He will not have forgotten how some of his own Labour party colleagues tried to drive him out of the crunch council meetings that decided the planning applications that decided the future of the King’s Cross railwaylands, amid accusations that he was biased against the development. The way he was treated remains a scar on Labour’s final four years in power at the Town Hall, as when the Standards Board was called into investigate, it effectively vindicated him of any wrong-doing. At a three-day hearing, Cllr Woodrow was represented artfully by Robert McCracken QC.
Still living in the ward, that’s a heck of a test of loyalty for Cllr Woodrow when he heads to the polling station in a couple of weeks.