PARTY WITH MAAJID
WITH seven days to go, Liberal Democrat candidate Maajid Nawaz asks supporters for ‘fighting fund’ donations in Hampstead and Kilburn. There’s spectacular treats for those who do. OK, so a fiver will only get you a “virtual high five”, but up it to score and £20 leads to a poster of Maajid “hand-signed by the man himself”. Members of the Maajidfandom can access his post-election party with £50, but the dinner will be in the donor’s honour if they give the top whack of £500.
THE BILL FOR THE BALLOT
DOES holding a council by-election on the same day as the general election really come at no extra cost to the tax-payer? That’s the claim from the Conservatives, who have triggered the local ballot in Hampstead Town ward on May 7 with their parliamentary candidate Simon Marcus stepping down from the council. The no expense pledge was made in Simon’s farewell letter to residents and one of ward candidate Oliver Cooper’s leaflets. To see if this was definitely the case, the council’s election officers were asked under the Freedom of Information request if there had been any costs the last time a local by-election happened on the same day as a wider ballot. That would take us back to the London elections of May 2012 when Labour caused a by-election with the resignation of Councillor Thomas Neumark. The extra bill for the local poll: £6,800.
Natalie Bennett live tweets Ed Miliband’s appearance on the Question Time special
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Olde Ye Lib Dem posters in Kilburn
But it’s not all orange in Gospel Oak
Conflicted household in Holborn and St Pancras pic.twitter.com/myIfGhmmKy
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