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Winter’s approaching in Kentish Town – how about a by-election?


From left: Cllr Meric Apak, me and candidate Jenny Headlam-Wells


Posts have been infrequent in the past couple of weeks for a number of reasons. UCAS, schoolwork generally, general busy-ness, and finally Kentish Town.

I’ve been campaigning for Jenny Headlam-Wells, who is standing in the council by-election there for Labour. I’ve known Jenny since I first became involved in the Camden Labour party, and she’s always been someone who I thought is exactly right for Camden council – hard working, caring and fundamentally decent. The picture to the right was taken on the first of what I hope to be many campaigning trips to Kentish, which is really only round the corner (well, a short bus ride) from where I live.

By-election in Kentish Town? Surely not. I was saying to a fellow campaigner the other day that in Camden, at this time of year, when the year is even (ie. 06, 08, 10) we have a by-election in Kentish Town.

And it’s true. Believe it or not, in December 2006 and October 2008 there was cause to hold one, and now, with the sad death of our comrade Dave Horan, it’s time to hold another.

The reasons have been plentiful. An ordinary resignation, a councillor’s escape to Arizona and now a death. But it strikes one as odd that in one council ward it can happen so often.

The CNJ picked up on what they called ‘the curse of Kentish Town’ earlier this year, when one of the local councillors, Faruque Ansari, was arrested for benefit fraud. They pointed out the connection with Phillip Thompson, him of Arizona, and Phil’s replacement Nick Russell, who stood up in the council chamber to compare one of his colleagues to the SS. It’s here for all to examine:

Russell was the only incumbent to stand in the last local elections, and lost his seat to Labour. Now he once again seeks to represent the Town, by standing against Jenny. May the battle commence, but let’s hope Autumn 2012 won’t bring on yet another re-run.


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