Election Daily: Live in Camden Town

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GET well soon to Johnny Luk, the Conservative candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn who was mugged by three teenager boys while out canvassing this evening. He was “roughed up” and had his phone stolen near Belsize Park station. He tried to chase after them as they cycled away but has sustained a back injury. He was recovering in the Conservative office when I called. He said he will be ok, but is shocked by the incident. He also said there were “lots of fun” election videos on the phone he had been hoping to publish, so he’s feeling frustrated too.

This was the last photo taken on it before the attack.


IT was stuff of dreams for Camden’s culture chief today. There Councillor Jonathan Simpson was, on a stage in the middle of Camden High Street with a big screen title announcing ‘Councillor Simpson’. At times the Walk Of Fame – a new trail of pavement slabs dedicated to the musical greats who have swung this way – has seemed like a bit of a dream, so long has it been in the pipeline. Cllr Simpson, however, has always been a supporter and he was roundly thanked by the founders of the project and some of the musical faces who had gathered to see The Who unveil the first plaque.


OF course the unveiling of the first stone on the new Walk Of Fame is a completely non-political event. This is purdah after all. But The Who do not always conceal their views on the state of the nation. They are described as ‘the Brexit band’ by the New European newspaper after Roger Daltrey was asked his views on the EU and he said he was “anti-Brussels”.

On the stage today they unhelpfully said their plaque should be in west London somewhere, and Peter Townshend railed against how his tax was being spent. “Maybe the council will fix the roads,” he said, sort of out of nowhere. He might’ve been a little more gracious: Supportive of the whole initiative, Camden Council had actually helped fix up this particularly road so their weatherproof, vomitproof slab could be dug into the stretch near Camden Town underground station.

Madness, much more Camdeny, are expected to be the next plaque down, with 20 a year expected to be installed along a course from Chalk Farm to Mornington Crescent. It should be good as it grows.


THE joke at the weekend, when Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson used her visit to Hampstead and Kilburn to announce the planned planting of sixty million new tress, was that they needed all that paper to make MORE leaflets.

It’s not just leaflets, though. They are now publishing whole newspapers: the Hampstead and Kilburn News.

Like all good newspapers, it promises to be ‘FREE’ at the top of page one… imagine, if it wasn’t free. Then there’s a list of areas it covers, including Kensal Green – which maybe the editor forgot is ward in the Brent Central constituency.

It was, however, not the most cringey bit of comms the Lib Dems put out today:

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