THE list of candidates standing in London for the Euro elections next week does not have too many people from the Camden area on there. There’s no reason why it particularly should. You vote for a party rather than a person, and it’s a real collection of all-comers. The share of the vote achieved is then translated to a list of candidates: the more you get, the more names on your list get in.
So you won’t see Primrose Hiller Meg Matthews, the interior designer, on your ballot paper. But as she pledged to be earlier this month, she is on the list of candidates held at the Town Hall, standing in the name of the Animal Welfare Party. Number six on the list, which means they need heaps and heaps of the votes for her to make it to Brussels.
Nevertheless, she says ahead of the polls victory “would really signal to the rest of the world that the way we treat animals has to and is changing for the better.”