THE Lib Dems were back in fourth when residents in Gospel Oak last went to the polls so it would take a Leicester City-sized shock for the party to win the ward by-election on May 4. That said, here is a chance for members to test the water in their new slot as the party all-out against Brexit.
The rush to the Euro exit door has been seen as a bit of a lifeline among the depleted Lib Dems – depleted both here, and nationally – as it has allowed them to bid for new relevance against opponents who they cast as Brexit-means-Brexit Tories and Labour ditherers. So unsurprisingly this is the top line at the start of their campaign in Gospel Oak as they announce Stephen Crosher (pictured in white shirt at last year’s party conference) as their candidate.
You may remember he was also picked as the parliamentary candidate in Holborn and St Pancras last year as the party prepared for the snap general election still resisted by Theresa May. “The Tory government is taking Camden down the route of hard Brexit, supported by an ineffectual Labour opposition,” he says. “This will damage Camden’s diverse communities, our creative industries, our world leading universities and hospitals. Entrepreneurs will choose other places to go. Cuts to public services and social care will continue.”