HIV doctor and former council leader enter Labour race to replace Frank Dobson

10:42 05 August 2014

Dr Patrick French.

Dr Patrick French.

Copyright: Ruth Corney

HIV specialist Dr Patrick French and former Camden Council leader Raj Chada have entered the Labour selection race to replace veteran Holborn and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson at the next general election.

Raj Chada.Raj Chada.

Dr French, 52, who lives in Dartmouth Park and is chairman of Highgate Labour Party, announced his candidacy this week following the news Mr Dobson, 74, will stand down as a Labour MP at next year’s general election.

Mr Chada, 41, chairman of Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party and leader of the council between 2005 and 2006, confirmed last week he will stand for Labour selection in Holborn and St Pancras.

Cllr Sarah Hayward, current leader of Camden Council, was the first to enter the selection race following Mr Dobson’s announcement last month that he will stand down as Holborn and St Pancras MP after 35 years.

Former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer added his name to the contest after Cllr Hayward’s announcement.

West Hampstead councillor Angela Pober has also confirmed her interest in contesting the Labour selection, while Kilburn councillor Thomas Gardiner is also believed to be interested in the seat.

University College Hospital consultant Dr French said: “The main reason I’m standing is because of what’s been going on for the last four or five years.

“The fact that the welfare state has been dismantled, the fact we are going in reverse in terms of equality, what is happening to the education system - the attack on the comprehensive system.

“The NHS is being fractured, it’s being dismantled. All these things need to be defended.

“The people who are representing us are increasingly career politicians. I think we should be selecting people who come into politics who have some experience from outside the political sphere.”

Mr Chada, a criminal defence lawyer who lives in Kentish Town, said: “I am the only candidate that combines a 15-year commitment to working with members in this community, and a national profile as a radical lawyer, doing something outside politics.

“My priorities are to be an active MP, for better housing, for defending public services, for protecting the NHS and for better living standards.”

All prospective candidates must now wait until a timetable for selection is drawn up between Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party and the national party before submitting their candidacy.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Conker champions from left are Albert 5, Addison 7, Trey 4. Picture: Dieter Perry

Just a few short years ago, the annual Hampstead Heath annual Conker Championships broke the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever knock-out conker tournament, when 395 people turned up.

Yesterday, 17:47
Pubs and clubs in London could face having to contribute to the costs of policing and cleaning the streets

Venues which stay open past midnight in Camden may find themselves charged a levy to cover the costs of policing and cleaning the night-time economy.

Yesterday, 16:30
Theo Seddon-Deane, who has cerebral palsy, with mother Catharine Seddon

Theo Seddon-Deane was born at just 26 weeks, weighing less than a bag of potatoes, and needed a ventilator just to keep him breathing.

Yesterday, 15:34
Christopher Matt

Detectives are hunting a convicted sex attacker who has disappeared while on licence from jail.

Yesterday, 13:57
Tom Franklin, Camden Green Party

The chairman of Camden’s Green Party branch has denied sitting down in front of a tank on its way to an arms fair.

Yesterday, 12:57
Pauline Cafferkey as she was discharged from the Royal Free in January

A Scottish nurse being treated at the Royal Free Hospital for a late complication of the Ebola virus is in a “serious condition”, the team treating her has said.

Yesterday, 12:57
New Wetherspoon pub opening in Muswell Hill

A controversial Wetherspoon pub is opening next week on Muswell Hill Broadway.

Yesterday, 12:26
Breda Athan helped treat three Ebola patients at the Royal Free

A senior nurse who led on the treatment of three Ebola patients at the Royal Free Hospital has been honoured at the Nursing Times Leaders awards 2015.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Angharad Baa Stool in Rare Breed.

Great British Life is offering a sheepskin footstool worth £199 to a lucky reader

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

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

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder