A quiet evening in Fortune Green: Sorin Floti selected

A CALMER night for Camden’s Labour Party this evening as sitting councillors Richard Olszewski and Lorna Russell were re-selected as candidates in Fortune Green, and new face Sorin Floti was chosen.

Big Phil Turner, the former leader of the council, always says he doesn’t really want to return to the council’s green benches, although only the unrivalled durability of Lib Dem councillor Flick Rea stopped it from becoming a reality in this ward in 2012. He was on the list again tonight but apparently could be heard telling people that they would be better off with Mr Floti, who could now become Camden’s first Romanian councillor. As suggested on these pages earlier today, it does mean the West Hampstead ward has lost one of its runners due to last night’s bounced meeting.

Cllr Russell tweeted a very enthusiastic welcome to mark Mr Floti’s arrival on our political scene with this picture, sandwiched between two men who must be among the tallest members of the Labour Party in Camden. I’m guessing 6ft4 or so for Mr Floti, certainly I wouldn’t play him at basketball. 

Big Phil remains, of course, one of 53 approved candidates for Labour’s campaign for 54 ballot spots, although as we now know the party will open up the process to new applicants; women only.

There is that other question about Fortune Green is of course: Will Cllr Rea look to defend her seat in the split ward next May? She keeps us guessing, with a yes one week, a knowing smile the next, a nod, a shrug and a scowl. I’ll ask again if I run into her over conference season.

Meanwhile, back to Labour’s mazy search for candidates. The autos have begun in some wards with the three Labour councillors in Holborn and Covent Garden ward – Awale Olad, Sue Vincent and Julian Fulbrook – automatically reselected at a shortlisting meeting without facing an internal vote. Jonathan Simpson and Abdul Hai have had the same pass in King’s Cross, meaning there is an all-woman shortlist for the final slot there with Georgie Robertson among the reported runners.

Next stop: Highgate, then St Pancras and Somers Town

 

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3 Comments on A quiet evening in Fortune Green: Sorin Floti selected

  1. Phil Turner standing to fill a selection place, but nudging everyone towards Soren Floti? Nothing to see here.

    Not even that — incidentally, and knowing how important and immutable freeze dates are when it suits the LCF leadership — the latter had only been a member of the Labour Party for 8 months at the time of the eligibility freeze date, rather than the 12 months stipulated by the rules.

    In other words, a Labour Party membership of 8 months is approved by the LCF for some to stand for elected office, even while rejecting other candidates for not meeting the 12 month eligibility criteria and even though the rules specify a minimum of 12 months. Meanwhile, to merely be invited to participate in selection meetings, a Labour Party membership of 13 months is required, rather than the 6 specified by the rules.

    Anyone spotting a general theme yet?

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  2. Sorin Floti only became noticeable during the General Election campaign. Does that constitute a “long track record of campaigning”?

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  3. Labour Party Member // September 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm // Reply

    The entire candidate selection process needs to be stalled until members can be reassured that correct processes are being followed by branches across Camden. Camden won’t be the only area affected and Labour HQ need to get involved now to address these irregularities to at least start installing some confidence again. What is apparent is that ‘business and usual’ tactics are no longer being tolerated by ordinary Labour members and others and this can only be viewed as a step in the right direction.

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