CAMDEN Labour’s bunfight AGMs often come across as quite messy occasions, look west and see how the Kilburn Times is today reporting on what sounds like a high-grade farce among the Tories in Brent. Arguing over positions, the Brondesbury Park ward councillors have decided to split from the main anchor after the roles of leader deputy leader and chief whip were given to the councillors in Kenton. Now, that is super messy. And just a few days after the Brondesbury Park result – a gain from the Liberal Democrats – was being celebrated joyously among the Camden Conservative contingent too, for the ward is part of the Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary seat spillover.
The rebels include criss-crossing Carol Shaw, who was a Tory before defecting to the Lib Dems and then defecting back to the Conservatives. You might remember she had told old Lib Dem colleagues that she was shocked by the u-turn on tuition fees and upset by an apparent lack of support in Brondesbury Park. Her ward colleague John Warren explains to the Brent and Kilburn Times how the curious set-up of group of six councillors, split in half, will now work: “In an ideal world, we would have agreed on our priorities and shared the positions. We will simply fight our own corners on behalf of the residents we represent, but we will come together to tackle the Labour Group.” So, in Brent there are now the Conservatives, and the Brondesbury Park Conservatives.