Mr Smith goes to Westminster

ANOTHER old Camden face is on his way to the Commons. Nick Smith, the borough’s former Labour education chief, won in Blaneau Gwent, the current name for what was Michael Foot’s old seat. The last time I saw him was actually at Foot’s funeral, we stood next to each other listening to PA system outside the crematorium. Good luck to him. Only the meanest of his ex-colleagues in Camden will no doubt be keeping one eye on his attendance at the Palace of Westminster to see if it’s anything like his hectic spell at the council way back when in 2005.

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