How do you get a place at Sadiq Khan’s top table?

THE dust apparently hasn’t completely settled on new London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s appointments in City Hall. Sophie Linden, who with endorsements from David Blunkett, Margaret Hodge and co was cast as the chief Blairite candidate in the Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary selection contest which Tulip Siddiq eventually won, became deputy mayor for policing, while James Murray, the Islington councillor who may or may not have voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest last summer (ask him if he did if you see him), was given the housing gig.

Fiona Twycross meanwhile was elevated to be chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, and aside from the general totting up of Blairy favourites like Andrew Adonis (Crossrail) among the new line-up, here is where a few backstage whispers can be heard. North London colleagues of Andrew Dismore say that, even though Fiona had served as LFEPA’s deputy previously, he may feel disappointed not to be “given a job” here as an experienced former MP who feels proud to have held off the Conservative challenge in Barnet and Camden, during sun and rain. Two assembly election victories in a former Tory seat and his weighty comments on London’s overstretched fire service in the months running up to the election might, they say, have been rewarded with a role tackling the cuts he has been so vocal about. The briefings on this stop short of using the word snub for our borough’s representative at City Hall, but run close…



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