JUST a few days of campaigning left and Nick Russell is currently in the thick of the Kentish Town council by-election for the Liberal Democrats. Even in the wake of the comprehensive spending review and headline after headline about coalition cutbacks, you can’t rate his chances of winning his old seat back at Camden Town Hall as insignificant. I know some Labour members are cautious about whether they will hold the seat on Thursday.
This close to decision day, Nick won’t want any outside distractions. So let’s all agree to keep it sssssshshsh secret that the name Nick Russell appears on the Lib Dem list for top-up candidates for the London Assembly elections in 2012. An internal vote will decide how high up the list he gets and with it determine his prospects of gaining a seat at City Hall in two years time.
Conservative Brian Coleman has shown you can be a local authority councillor (Barnet) and a London Assembly member (Barnet and Camden) at the same time. Can Nick do two jobs too?