WAS Conservative councillor Andrew Marshall swizzed at Camden Town Hall for the last four years? Looking at the pictures of our coalition heroes, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, in the House of Commons this afternoon, it seems so.
Clegg, the junior twin, got to sit up front within short sight of the daddy chair, right there next to the Prime Minister on day one. He didn’t get to say anything – but he was there, one seat away from his boss. How all-goosepimply it must have been to fill a Cameron-Theresa May sandwich on the front bench.
No such treats were afforded to Marshall – a pioneer of Lib Dem and Tory cooperation. As leader of the Conservative share of the power sharing Tory/Lib Dem pact than ran Camden from 2006-2010, he didn’t get to sit next to leader Keith Moffitt at council meetings. Instead, he sat in the middle of the horseshoe of seats with his Conservative colleagues, the same place he and his Conservatives colleagues will the sit if the Lib Dems can win a seat or three in the Haverstock council elections next week and form the official opposition to Labour.