King of the Bin Selfies in running for Tory selection in Hampstead and Kilburn

THERE’S a big moment coming for the Conservatives in Camden tomorrow, as they take the plunge and pick a candidate to stand in Hampstead and Kilburn at the June 8 general election.

The party has tried to stay tight-lipped about who is on the final shortlist of three hopefuls – not sure why when we will all know tomorrow – but Henry Newman, the man who has shot to local fame in our small political world with a series of bin selfies (belfies), is now expected to be in the frame. As I understand it, he features in the final three.

Henry is actually down to run in the Highgate ward at next year’s council elections but now has a bigger, more immediate goal in mind.

People have said the Conservatives might be unwise to pick a candidate who voted to Leave the European Union – as Henry did last year. Nevertheless, he has a growing number of admirers within the local membership and has shown he can speak confidently at public events and to the media, appearing for example on The Sunday Politics opposite Andrew Neil recently. It’s notnecessarily a qualifying requirement but it helps, not least when appearing before a selection panel.

And then there’s the unrivalled commitment to posting rubbish pictures to social media as a response to Camden Council’s new waste contract. Don’t believe me, see his @Henry4Highgate Twitter feed, a front line thread on fly-tipping and lost bin bags.

Will it need to be re-named @Henry4HampsteadandKilburn tomorrow night?

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