Labour’s policy forum elections: Georgia Gould, Sucharita Sethi bid for places

HAVE we worked out council leader Georgia Gould’s politics yet? She is still accused of being an heir to Blair in some quarters (more often by people from outside of Camden, to be honest), in others she is accused of giving away too much to the ‘left’.

This is perhaps why both sides speculate about her one day being challenged for the top job at the Town Hall: the gossipers on the left say it will come from the right frustrated by an accommodating spirit, the gossipers on the ‘right’ say the left will question the strength of her turnaround support for Jeremy Corbyn and want her out at some point. Cllr Gould was it’s worth remembering, elected within the group without challenge – a position of strength which Sarah Hayward was never able to command – so it’s not corridor talk which will bother her too much. The message continues to be judge me on what I do, not who I go on holiday with.

Her politics could become more relevant than Camden pub chat, however, if, as looks very likely, she climbs aboard Labour’s National Policy Forum. She has put herself forward for election to this body, officially described by the panel as the body which ‘shapes Labour’s policy agenda’, as one of the local government reps. The way the internal voting system falls makes it almost certain that she will be elected.

The first some of her councillor colleagues knew about her candidacy was to see her face in their election brochures sent out last week, in which she pledges to raise the profile of how Labour-led councils are responding to austerity.

Cllr Gould may also be joined on the forum by Sucharita Sethi, one of the Labour candidates at the local elections in May. Although introduced by Cllr Gould as the ‘next councillor from Belsize’ during campaign events, she was among the Labour candidates who were crowded out by the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives in that ward. It has not dampened her ambition – she has already run for at least two parliamentary nominations – and now she says can help build a ‘radical’ new manifesto by being on the NPF.

To do so, Ms Sethi will have to win without being on a Momentum-backed slate of candidates doing the rounds, which in the London region does include Yannis Gourtsayannis, the former Holborn and St Pancras member now in Hornsey and Wood Green.

Meanwhile, another Holborn and St Pancras member Rebecca Filer is running in the youth rep elections.

8 Comments on Labour’s policy forum elections: Georgia Gould, Sucharita Sethi bid for places

  1. Nick Harding // July 30, 2018 at 9:10 pm // Reply

    Curious. Georgia doesn’t appear in the Candidate Booklet for Greater London. Perhaps she should be on page 4 which is blank. Sucharita and Rebecca however, made it.


    • Richard Osley // July 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm // Reply

      This is because she is standing in the local government rep election, which as I understand it is voted on by councillors


  2. Georgia Gould writes, “I have seen Labour councils respond by putting people at the heart of decision making…”

    Local people? I think not. The various property developments that Camden is pushing through have seen great opposition from local people ignored. Just one example of many decisions that local people are not at the heart of in Camden.

    Can the leader of Camden council explain who exactly selected the 2017 Local Campaign Forum that imposed the council candidates who went on to be elected in 2018?


    • Rupert Jones // August 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm // Reply


      This is really very simple and has been explained to you before.

      The members of the Local Campaign Forum are elected from each Labour Party branch in the constituency.

      One of the tasks of the campaign forum is to interview people to ensure they are eligible to be a councillor and they they understand what it entails.

      These people are not then “imposed”. Their details are circulated to all branches who then have a selection meeting. Again, to be clear, there is a vote of members to select the candidates they want (if the candidate is willing). No-one imposes anything. It’s far more democratic than the other parties.


      • alan watson // August 28, 2018 at 1:10 pm // Reply


        “The members of the Local Campaign Forum are elected from each Labour Party branch in the constituency.”

        At the 2017 West Hampstead Labour branch AGM in AOB and after all local officers were elected the chair was asked who had selected the two representatives who had been nominated for the LCF, one of which had become chair of that LCF. The enquiry was curtly dismissed.

        There was no discussion or vote in West Hampstead branch regarding nomination to the 2017 LCF. There is no record of a discussion or vote in West Hampstead Branch regarding nomination to the 2017 LCF.

        There was no discussion or vote regarding nomination to the 2017 LCF at West Hampstead and Kilburn Constituency Party. There is no record regarding nomination to the 2017 LCF at WH&K CLP.

        Sadly you are mistaken regarding the selection of the 2017 LCF that went on to impose the council candidates who were then elected in 2018.


  3. Terence Flanagan // August 6, 2018 at 12:54 pm // Reply

    Alan you wont get an answer too the Question or who arranged for the Chalcot estate to wrapped in a highly imflamable covering ………………ie what Labour councillors ??


  4. Terence Flanagan // August 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm // Reply

    Really the Tory’s and the Lib Dems so name them Rupert and while your at it NAME the Labour Councillors who ignored the complaints from tenants there about how dangerous the building was no fire doors poorly fitting windows which would have assisted any fire there. these faults of course requiried the mass evacuation of the block .

    Labour councillors ignored tenants concerns just as the Tory Kensington and Chelsea council did at Grenfell and they got lucky in Camden no fire ocurred had it done so the result would have been similar to Grenfell .

    Labour Camden ignored the hazards reported to them …………………………despicable


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