SO, will Camden Council’s Labour cabinet change complexion in the coming weeks or not. The rumour overdrive has it this week that the Mayor of Camden Jonathan Simpson might fancy a job in the executive once he’s finished with the mayoral chain. We’ll see. He holds a firm grip of council meetings and certainly there will be some council officers who won’t fancy his bark should he be given a portfolio to himself.
Libraries campaigner Alan Templeton makes the point in a letter to the Camden New Journal this week that there is a bit of a three ward bloc at the cabinet top table:
Seven of the 10 cabinet members represent just three wards, close together, in the south of the borough, Holborn & Covent Garden has two members, King’s Cross has two members and Regent’s Park has three members.
It’s natural, given where Labour’s support is greatest in Camden, there will be a southern slant to the make up of those in charge – but where would some new faces come from? Gospel Oak? Kentish Town? Kilburn?