IT had been put to Camden Labour that an open hustings in their Holborn and St Pancras selection contest would be a good idea, given the significant interest in who wins that exists beyond the membership. In the end, it was hard to work out if there was anybody outside of the party at the Working Men’s College on Tuesday evening.
So where was former Lib Dem councillor Paul Braithwaite, who had been one of those calling for this open-to-all event? I emailed him during the hustings to ask about his no show and before the session had even come to a close he had replied. On holiday in California, he reported, before securing extra smug points by attaching a photo. “I hate the hire car,” he insisted.
A white van man, he isn’t.