Morning update 17.03.15: Tory – don’t vote for us here



MAXINE Spencer, who is standing for UKIP in Holborn and St Pancras, wants £2,000 to take on her richer rivals and has followed the Green Party’s move to start an online appeal for donations. “I have stood in elections in 2010 and 2014,” she says.  “However, in order to fight an effective campaign, I need help to fund material to give people the information they need to make an informed choice to vote for me.” The whiparound has, at the time of blogging, so far raised £50. The final is target seems lower than the front-running candidates would’ve spent in Labour’s parliamentary selection contest in the constituency last year, before Sir Keir Starmer was eventually picked to stand.


LYNNE Featherstone’s intriguing battle for survival against former Islington Labour leader Catherine West over the border in Hornsey and Wood Green took an interesting twist this week when the Conservatives’ constituency chairman in Tottenham Justin Hinchcliffe wrote to voters with the advice that they should vote for the sitting Lib Dem MP. Some might say that his tactical guidance is coalition politics gone too far, that people are no longer making a positive choice and are voting to stop something they don’t want, rather than what they want. But Hinchcliffe argued: “To put it bluntly, if Lynne loses in Hornsey and Wood Green, Ed Miliband is another step closer to being Britain’s next Prime Minister. I can assure you that you can vote for Lynne with a good conscience.” 


AN old tweet, but the CNJ’s scoop yesterday that the old ‘coats and gowns’ shop Blustons in Kentish Town is to close led to four general reactions: 1) Oh no, that’s a sad, a real bit of KT history will be lost 2) What will happen to the polka dot dress in the window?, 3) Please don’t let it become an estate agent or a coffee shop, and 4) Let’s tell the old joke that the timewarp shop must be a front for MI5… once cracked by Carol Decker from T’Pau of all people

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