Election Daily: Johnny’s hustings review

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ONE OF THE HARDEST VIDEOS

JOHNNY Luk was clearly smarting after the hustings at UCS and grabbed his favourite tool – a video camera – to tell us why… ‘one of the hardest video I had to make’.

Even harder than the one where he explains how to make spaghetti bolognaise, where he had to hold the phone camera at the same time as cooking.

The Conservative candidate, whose parents had come down from Milton Keynes for the big event, complained that nobody had asked a question on the economy, a subject on which he is convinced he would have excelled at.

Instead, he told those tuning into his social media videos that the room had been “packed” with Labour activists. Hopefully, the latter did not come as too much of a surprise: this has been happening since the year dot.

As consolation, his connections Michael Gove/Henry Newman and Matt Hancock both gave him a retweet and assured him he would make it. And the film below has been watched by 35,000 times already.

For most of the campaign, Mr Luk and Labour’s Tulip Siddiq have had a polite contest; they posed for a selfie together in Spielburger in Hampstead after bumping into each other at lunch following a canvassing session.

But in his latest address, Mr Luk said: “I don’t want to crap on my opponent but I was really disappointed with Tulip. Really, I was gutted. And she went on this rant about how she doesn’t want a racist in No. 10. And I was like how can you possibly have the cheek to say that, given what Corbyn has done to hurt such a large part of our community.”

Ms Siddiq had not held back, openly calling Boris Johnson a ‘racist’ and blaming this on his priviliged upbringing.

2010 AND ALL THAT

BACK in town, a familiar face from the three-way drama of 2010. Ed Fordham, the Liberal Democrat candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn who showed his party can poll a five figure total under the right circumstances, posted lots of selfies (the main point of any canvassing sesson) as helped out on his old turf.

Here’s one from the Matt Sanders’ envelope-stuffing nerve centre.

Mr Fordham, whose campaign even had billboard advertising nine years ago, is now a local councillor in Chesterfield.

Ed Fordham billboard

CHUKA’S BIG SELL

THE Liberal Democrats have already sent voters in Hampstead and Kilburn a letter from Luciana Berger, and are now also trying to catch wavering Labour voters with a mailout letter from another former Labour MP, Chuka Umunna. They are obviously convinced that Mr Unumma, who has his own election contest to tackle in Two Cities, is a big seller for left-leaners and remainers.

Maybe this is true of voters who have picked Labour in the past, but not if the views of activists and campaigners trickle down. Don’t shoot me, Lib Dem readers, but just speaking from my own experience, there isn’t a Lib Dem who I’ve heard spoken about so disparagingly and so often among Labour teams on the ground than Mr Umunna among. Maybe it’s only irrelevant bitterness,  but even some ‘centrists’ scowl about the way he conducts his career over an off-the-record pint.

In fact, one clipboarder suggested (and allow for bravado) that they would far rather have Mr Umunna knocking on doors for their opponents than, say, the more disarming Luisa Porritt, the Belsize councillor and MEP.

CALVIN’S ‘BEDROOM’

APOLOGIES to former council candidate Calvin Robinson, host of The Dregs, podcast/videocast. A correction is needed, he is not filming from his bedroom. It’s his gaming den? So much to look at.

Mr Robinson, who moved to the Brexit Party where he was briefly the parliamentary candidate in Broxtowe before ‘stepping aside’ for the Tories, has most recently been tweeting about campaigning in Beaconsfield for the Conservatives’ Joy Morrissey.

FORMER CAMDEN SCHOOL PUPIL SIDES WITH LABOUR

HOW many people reading a niche blog about one borough’s politics will know who Dua Lipa is? Maybe not that many, but the rest of the real world love her. In the celeb endorsement stakes, it’s pretty high ranking. Ms Lipa, who went to Fitzjohns Primary School and Parliament Hill School before selling loads of LPs downloads has sided with Labour. In her post to a zillionish followers, she used a ‘Vote Labour’ hashtage and told the pop crowd: “.Our democracy is strongest when everyone’s voice is heard. This is the most important election in a generation.”

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