Eighteen long months at the Town Hall

brookeTHEY say time flies when you’re having fun, so we can only wonder how miserable things were for Lord (Peter) Brooke of Sutton Mandeville as a Conservative councillor in Camden in the 1960s.

Speaking in the House of Lords a few weeks ago, Lord Brooke, who went on to be an MP in neighbouring Westminster and serve in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, gave us the briefest¬†indication of the hell of it all:¬†“In so far as we are obliged to indicate our credentials in an instance such as this, I will simply confess that I served for 18 months on Camden Council at a time when 18 months on Camden Council seemed like 18 years. I therefore regard it as being a reasonable credential. Until I was 72 years of age, I had had a London address the whole of my life.”



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