IN the poker game for the Labour parliamentary selection in Hampstead and Kilburn, out-there candidates Tulip Siddiq and Sally Gimson are about to be told ‘I see your Neil Kinnock and Tristram Hunt endorsements, and I raise you… Margaret Hodge and David Blunkett’.
This will come as Sophie Linden, Mr Blunkett’s former special adviser and a cabinet councillor in Hackney, makes official the long-running rumour that she will throw her hat into the ring here. Among her list of endorsements, she also claims Gavin Millar QC, who would presumably have otherwise been backing his sister, Fiona, had she not stepped away from the contest to find a replacement for Glenda Jackson.
Sophie – her challenge in H&K might be how best she presents her work with the Blair governments among those Labour members in the north of the borough who still haven’t forgiven the former Prime Minister for one or two things – says: “For me politics is not a choice but a way of life. I joined the Labour Party when I was 16 appalled at the inequality of Thatcher’s Britain.”