ONE of the mini-battles at next year’s boroughwide council elections will be in the Cantelowes ward. The issue for Labour is to try and remove Lib Dems who stubbornly held onto their seats last time Camden voted as a whole and Paul Braithwaite, an occasional maverick who wore an ‘irritant’ t-shirt to the count in 2010, remains a key target. The problem for Labour is that he has, what they call in the game, ‘name recognition’ among voters.
But Labour think, if they can’t beat him among voters in the expensive pads off Camden Road, they will at least be able to outflank him “on the estates” where they claim to “do more work”. It’s a disputed point.
Last week, Danny Beales, another of those familiar Rishi-like campaigners who you see in the background at by-elections, was chosen to fight for the seat alongside Angela Mason and Phil Jones for Labour. Important people in the group want him on the council and there was a sigh of relief in other wards when some sitting councillors looking over their back heard he was going for Cantelowes and not sizing up their seats.
So, mark up your bill-stickers in anticipation now: Beales vs Braithwaite, next May. It won’t be part of the undercard.