ELECTION day is here. First off this morning, just a thanks to all the people who have followed the campaign blog updates over the last month or so, and those who have helped me put them together. Thanks also to the local campaign teams in Camden, who I have bored the hell out of by following them around at 20 hustings events, a clutch of minister and shadow minister visits, some celebrity turnouts and a few campaign launches. Of course, they want publicity, but they have been generous and patient with their time, often at unsociable hours, and have been speedy to answer my queries. I appreciate that. Best of luck.
THE Daily Mail has provided another constituency by constituency guide to tactical voting, tactical that is if you want to keep Ed Miliband out of office. There are 50 key seats for anti-Eds to target. In Hornsey and Wood Green, Tories are urged to help Lynne Featherstone, while Lib Dems in Finchley and Green are advised to back Mike Freer. In at No. 26 on the list, it is suggested Lib Dems on our patch vote for Simon Marcus to beat Tulip Siddiq and help knock out a Labour seat in Hampstead and Kilburn; the advice being:
26. HAMPSTEAD & KILBURN
Labour (maj: 42)
Odds: Labour 1/4, Tory 7/2, Lib Dem 12/1
The most marginal seat in the country, currently held by the Academy Award-winning actress Glenda Jackson. Had the Tories borrowed just 50 of the 16,491 votes cast for the Liberals in 2010 they would have won. A tactical vote could allow them in this time.
Tactical vote: Lib Dem vote Tory.
The newspaper, when lamenting the inability of the local Tories to ‘borrow just 50 of the 16,491 votes cast for the Liberals in 2010’, don’t seem to mention however that it was none other than the *cough cough* Daily Mail themselves who advised Tories to vote tactically for the Lib Dems in order to beat Labour here just before the last general election. And look how that turned out…
AARONOVITCH HAS SPOKEN
TIMES columnist David Aaronovitch wrote of Glenda Jackson before the last election that she was a “grumpy septuagenarian who has, for many years now, inhabited an ideas free zone”. H&K Liberal Democrat candidate Maajid Nawaz is glad to welcome his support the time around.
— Maajid 4 H&K (@MaajidLibDem) May 6, 2015
THE sentiment is welcome, but who are these mystery loathers – show yourselves.
FORMER council leader Keith Moffitt is unimpressed as the council’s magazine is sent out on election ever
Another triumph for the glorious leader! Outrageous. https://t.co/6ebPr6aHwS
— Keith Moffitt (@KeithMoffitt) May 6, 2015
ANOTHER former Liberal Democrat councillor Nick Russell gives us his snapshot
Intriguing to see hordes of Bangladeshis out in H&K today – all campaigning against Bangladeshi Tulip Siddiq.
— Nick Russell (@nickrussell2012) May 3, 2015
QUITE a few split households in Camden, it seems
— Sian Berry (@sianberry) May 2, 2015
Best name of the election? The Holborn & St Pancras Lib Dem candidate’s agent is called Aimery Gregory Hugues Michel de Malet Roquefort.
— Sarah Deech (@londonette) May 4, 2015