SO we are back from Brighton, and in today’s New Journal, and tomorrow’s Islington Tribune, you can get a flavour of what the north London contingent have been up to this week. On Monday evening, we found ourselves in the Dome Theatre close to the Brighton Pavilion where both Keir Starmer and Tulip Siddiq were on a panel talking to a packed house about how Labour could win back power in 2020. Keir said that a ‘microscopic’ inquest of why the party lost this year would only waste time, but Tulip warned that the party on a national level needed to start listening to campaign teams on the ground. She said Ed Miliband’s team simply did not listen to private warnings she sent back to the central campaign. What had she secretly found? That the mansion tax – which I think we all knew about – and Miliband himself were costing votes in Hampstead and Kilburn. She must have had ample opportunity to assess how Miliband went down, she was pictured with him several times during the run-in. Her concerns, she said, were “not picked up”. The meeting’s host, the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland, appealed for her to expand on the theme but she said it would be ‘disloyal’ to divulge more. But apparently, the problem with Miliband that was coming back to Tulip’s campaign was around how he had failed to sell the Labour offer to Jewish communities in the borough.
ANGELA: WEEK THREE
CAMDEN’S independent councillor Angela Pober is back in the New Journal’s letters pages today, explaining how people have been getting in touch congratulating her on her decision to quit the Labour group. She has accused them of operating a sham campaign to save West Hampstead Library. This week she attacks Labour councillor Danny Beales for tweeting that her version of events is ‘complete fantasy’ and that work in fiction-writing awaits. It was fair enough for her to defend herself in our letters pages but in her note she says Danny should not take the word of the Camden New Journal, as she had not spoken to any of us at the paper since November 2014. This took us by surprise. It might after all sound confusing to readers given the coverage in recent weeks in which we have quoted her and used phrases like ‘told the New Journal’. She is right, none of of us as far as I know have spoken to her on the phone or in person since her unsuccessful run for the Holborn and St Pancras parliamentary selection. But for clarity, she has corresponded with the newspaper by email, particularly when we asked a follow-up question on her resignation statement. People may have different definitions, but we would say whether it is spoken on the phone or done by email, it amounts to the same thing; speaking to us.
PEOPLE say there were loaded choices of song titles at the conference karaoke events, but I think Tom Copley just likes Cher.
OLIVER Cooper gives us a ‘how much???’ tweet