THE final hustings and members vote in Labour’s parliamentary selection contest in Holborn and St Pancras yesterday was quite an event. It kicked off late, due to the sheer numbers of people who came to make their choice. You could feel in those there that, even though they probably knew who was going to win, that this was a marker date in local political history for them, a day to be there: the first time the party had picked someone new here since Frank Dobson’s arrival in 1979. Even with an obvious favourite in Sir Keir favourite in play, election day itself is unlikely to generate the same intrigue and suspense in Holborn and St Pancras. The chaotic battle of May’s general election will be largely fought elsewhere.
Sadly, the press were not allowed inside the hustings. Maybe one day this policy will change, but regional organiser Alan Olive (not pictured above) shut the doors of St Pancras Church on me as the last of the congregation filed in…. a church, shutting its doors, at Christmas, come on. I snuck into the annexe to eavesdrop at the back door before being pulled away from there too. It was all done in good humour, but it would have saved everyone a bit of energy if there was some way of making it easier to report on high profile hustings like this. There are means, however, to follow the action from the wrong side of the door. And here’s how the day of cheers, and tears, unfolded in tweets. @RichardOsley