CAMDEN Conservatives have responded to the Angela Pober resignation statement by badging Labour as having run a “sham” campaign to save West Hampstead Library. But in the critique offered by rising Tory star Oliver Cooper, look out for the heaped praise on Angela for saying what she said. She took a “courageous stance”, Cllr Cooper declares. The snort from many of the councillors Angela leaves behind on the Labour benches (39 now) is that this was as close to a come and join us offer as could be made in public without sounding gratuitous. The running joke amid the opposition seats since Saturday is that many local Labour councillors are now somehow closer to the Conservatives than Corbyn, so why wouldn’t they cross the floor in the wake of the Islington North MP’s leadership win.
AHEAD of our 16-page Jeremy Corbyn souvenir pullout in the New Journal tomorrow – just kidding! – I spoke to council leader Sarah Hayward last night about how the new look Labour leadership would affect things back in Camden. There has been some mild chatter about how whether the support for Liz Kendall, seen as the polar opposite candidate from Corbyn in the contest, could cause some static locally. Many of her colleagues were also in among the 4.5 percenters. But she was pretty clear on the subject, that Corbyn has won a big mandate in a democracy and the result was to be respected. She said the main differences of opinion were on foreign policy and macroeconomics, but that there was a common vein found in fighting cuts to public services. “There will be no sniping from us – we want work with the leader of the Labour Party – Jeremy has won a clear mandate to lead,” she said. “My only complaint was the fact that no women have been appointed in the top five jobs in the shadow cabinet. Sexism is structural and when you have the chance to do something about it, I think you should take it.”
DOES Highgate councillor Oliver Lewis think that it’s a bit strange that every national newspaper, virtually, decided the biggest, most important story of the day was whether the new Labour leader sang the national anthem?
Proper scrutiny is fine and important but media should stop the nonsense, @jeremycorbyn must be given time and space to find own way.
— Oliver Lewis (@ollylaw) September 16, 2015
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