Search

‘People of Camden Town and Primrose Hill now care more about politics,’ says ex-councillor

13:45 07 June 2014

Chris Naylor

Chris Naylor

Archant

Former Camden Town with Primrose Hill councillor Chris Naylor, 58, believes residents became more engaged with local politics in his eight years in office.

Mr Naylor called it a day ahead of the election last month – insisting it was “time for somebody new to have a go” – and avoided joining a long list of Liberal Democrats booted out.

He was disappointed with his party’s performance but took heart from the community activism he saw in the ward on issues such as HS2, Primrose Hill Library and the Hawley Wharf development.

“It somehow feels as though local residents around the ward seem to be getting more confident, better informed and more effective at influencing the council direction,” he said.

“That feels like a big change that has happened in the last eight years so I feel confident the ward is in fine fettle going forward.”

Would he have survived the vote?

“I did get fantastic fan mail – lots and lots of letters,” he said. “So I might possibly have survived but I think it’s very doubtful.

“The national tide was sweeping in a direction and sadly a lot of very good Lib Dem councillors were washed away by it.”

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 16:29
Hugo Lloris of Spurs shakes hands with Manager Mauricio Pochettino  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino hailed the fighting spirit of his side and fans as they came from behind twice to rescue a draw on his first return to Southampton.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino hands the ball to Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne on his return to St Mary's

Tottenham twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw as head coach Mauricio Pochettino returned to his former club Southampton for the first time.

Yesterday, 12:10
Undated Handout Photo of a kitchen bin and mini bin, compost bucket, galvanised dust pan and brush; hook rail and Hambledon stool, all available from Garden Trading.

Be honest, are you really itching to flick the dusters, beat a trail with a broom, and generally blitz your home? Take heart if the answer’s ‘no’, because only a virtuous third of us perform the traditional spring cleaning ritual, according to research by Mintel.

Yesterday, 12:00
Benedict Cumberbatch

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, himself a big supporter of independent cinema, has been named the new patron of the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley – London’s oldest cinema.

Candidate List

Hampstead and Kilburn

  • Rebecca Johnson (Green)
  • Simon Marcus (Conservative)
  • Maajid Nawaz (Liberal Democrats)
  • Magnus Nielsen (UKIP)
  • Tulip Siddiq (Labour)

Finchley and Golders Green

  • Jonathan Davies (Liberal Democrats)
  • Mike Freer (Conservative)
  • Richard King (UKIP)
  • Sarah Sackman (Labour)
  • Adele Ward (Green)

Holborn and St Pancras

  • Natalie Bennett (Green)
  • Will Blair (Conservative)
  • Jill Fraser (Liberal Democrats)
  • Shane O’Donnell (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol)
  • Maxine Spencer (UKIP)
  • Sir Keir Starmer (Labour)

Most read

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Spruce up for spring with this beauty bundle from Justmylook!

Looking to update your look for spring? Well, you’re in luck.

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder