FORMER MP Andrew Dismore has staked his claim to the role fighting Brian Coleman at the next London Assembly elections with a letter to all Labour members in the Barnet and Camden constituency.
Promising “remorseless and innovate campaigning”, Dizzy claims that Ken Livingstone, the ex–Mayor himself, wants him for the unenviable assignment. This boast of support, however, has not gone down well in the Camden wing of the constituency where hip and trendy (NB: he has a neverending supply of T4 presenter check shirts) former council candidate Tom Copley also wants to take up the challenge.
Copley was one of the architects of Labour’s council election victories last year. He then worked closely with Livingstone on the campaign to see off Oona King for the mayoral candidacy, coming up with the inspirational slogan ‘Yes We Ken’.
With links like that to the want-to-be-Mayor-again, it’d be interesting to see Ken asked outright whether he wants Dismore – or Copley – to stand against his old rival Coleman. I didn’t he think he did endorsements of this nature, but if he swings this way again soon I’ll be sure to put it to him.
Excerpt from Dismore’s letter to members:
Why I can beat Brian Coleman for Labour
Brian Coleman, the GLA member for Barnet and Camden, is the second biggest Conservative scalp in London after the Mayor, Boris Johnson. We must give ourselves the best possible chance of taking his seat, which should never have been won by the Tories in the first place. To win, we need the candidate with that very best chance of maximising the Labour vote across both Barnet and Camden.
I believe I am that candidate. So does Ken Livingstone. Frank Dobson MP, Glenda Jackson MP and many others have endorsed me as their preferred candidate: For more details about me, please visit my website www.andrewdismore.org.uk
Having fought 8 elections for Labour in local government and Parliament, and with 4 council and 3 parliamentary victories in a marginal seat to my credit, I am approaching this selection contest with the seriousness it deserves- and next year’s election too, if I am selected.
I want to stand to win. And I believe together, we can win. The Conservative majority is 5.4%. In 1997, I overturned a Conservative majority 3 times that to win Hendon for Labour. I have the track record of experience, energy and enthusiasm to do the same again for Barnet and Camden, so we can see the back of Coleman once and for all.
I have a high profile with voters, not just in Hendon but beyond, especially in our opponent’s Barnet heartlands. My hard campaigning reputation throughout the London Labour Party and with the trades unions will attract substantial help and support in the battle to come.
..and so on and so on..