Smile! You’re standing for selection

ALMOST there now. Only a couple more weeks left in the Labour parliamentary selection contest in Hampstead and Kilburn and judging by David Aaronovitch’s tweets last night it sounds the final three candidates have reached the smiling really, really hard stage.


The Times columnist and conspiracy theory de-bunker (pictured below being canvassed in the street by optimistic Tories at the last election) later tweeted that Sally Gimson was “ma gal” after being drawn into a discussion with Labour blogger Luke Akehurst and writer Nick Cohen. Aaronovitch explained in a column 2010 how Glenda Jackson, who is retiring at the next election, had become “grumpy” and “for years now had inhabited an ideas free zone”.

David Aaronovitch

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