WHEN Labour members somehow managed to stumble into de-selecting long-serving councillor Roger Robinson from his Somers Town and St Pancras patch ahead of the 2006 council elections, there was uproar at the way the party was seemingly bumping a man of local legend known for ploughing through the casework and apparently being so dedicated he takes calls from residents at 2am in the morning. The party, the history books show, swiftly found a way of re-running the internal vote and Roger was back in place a few weeks later. He is still a councillor in the ward now.
Given that curious slice of local Labour Party history, surely, in the internal jostling for nice seats at next year’s boroughwide elections, Labour activists wouldn’t risk a similar episode by hawking out another former Camden mayor in this summer’s selection process? I could have sworn I heard somebody cry sympathetically across the room ‘watch your back Abdul’ at the Town Hall the other night, but, as you all know, the music at the mayor-making party was very, very loud. I must have been mistaken.