LAST seen hopping around the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham with her leg in a cast, not-so-long-gone Camden councillor Laura Trott hasn’t let a poorly limb hold her back in her quest to find a place in the House of Commons. She would only say that she had ‘got too competitive in an exercise class’ when I asked her about the cast in a conference corridor – whatever that means.
Her name appears on the long-list for selection in Havant, where David ‘watcha talkin’ about’ Willetts is stepping down at the next election, leaving behind an attractive 12,000+ majority to play with.
Laura, a Downing Street adviser, exited Camden politics in May after four years on the council in the ultra-safe Frognal ward. There’s no doubt colleagues bid farewell to her wishing she had completed the stint with a few more mentions in the meeting minutes, but in Birmingham, at least, you could have witnessed a big old-pals hug in the walkway with Belsize councillor Jonny Bucknell.
She made the long-list for Tory selection in safe Croydon South last year, an opportunity ultimately seized by another former Camden councillor, Chris Philp.
This time, in Havant, her long-list competitors include Westminster councillor Antonia Cox, a former Evening Standard leader writer who stood against Labour’s Emily Thornberry in Islington South in 2010.