THE looming leadership challenge hanging over Camden’s Labour group seemed to be off limits when Sarah Hayward sat down for a profile interview with the Ham & High this week. There was some sort of an answer, however, as to why the current council leader tried to win the parliamentary selection in Holborn and St Pancras in 2014, a moment when even friendly voices may have questioned her chances against a candidate as high profile as Keir Starmer. It’s a bruise to finish third given the effort and energy needed to run for selection in the first place.
“I’ve lived in Camden for more than 20 years and this is my home and to be honest I would have kicked myself if I hadn’t put myself forward,” Cllr H tells the Ham and High. “I have no problem with people being ambitious for Parliament and going off around the country as others in the group have done but it’s not for me to go and pretend to love Leicester this week and Hull next week and Liverpool the week after. I wouldn’t rule it out but it’s not on my horizon. I couldn’t see myself standing in 2020. I am absolutely focused on Camden.”