THE Mayor’s parlour has seen a bit of excitement in recent years, but a tag team of Jonathan Simpson and broadcaster Amy Lame is genuinely something eye-catching and new. Cllr Simpson will name broadcaster Lame as his official Mayoress tomorrow night. For those not acquainted:
The positions in the parlour are meant to be non-political.. so no chance for the new Mayor and Mayoress team – both of whom have campaigned with Stonewall, the gay equalities charity – to collar Conservative member Andrew Mennear over rows past.
Back in 2004, when Cllr Mennear was running for Parliament in Finchley and Golders Green, he argued the ‘gay community’ should pay for condom-clearing on Hampstead Heath. He said at the time: “We shouldn’t shy away from controversial ideas. The Hampstead Heath Management Committee needs to find money, and will have to cut essential amenities for the public while it costs £70,000 every year to pay two people to clean up after all the gay festivities on the Heath every night.” Stonewall chief Ben Summerskill dismissed the idea as a ‘cheap political stunt’.