Lib Dems concede there is ‘no safe seat’ in Camden election battle

11:30 22 April 2014

Cllr Keith Moffitt. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Cllr Keith Moffitt. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

© Nigel Sutton email

The leader of Camden Liberal Democrats has admitted the party does not have a single “safe seat” and will have to fight hard for success.

Cllr Keith Moffitt, 61, said the decline in support for the Lib Dems nationally since entering government has had a knock-on effect on the party’s popularity locally.

But the West Hampstead councillor believes the party is still capable of ousting the Labour majority, with a concerted effort on the campaign trail.

“They’ve only got a very tenuous grip on power in Camden,” said Cllr Moffitt. “They could quite easily lose it.

“We recognise that, because of the national situation, it is a tougher fight, there is absolutely nowhere that is a safe seat.

“The landscape has changed. On the doorstep what we hear a lot is, ‘We’re pretty disgruntled with you nationally but I know locally you do a very good job and we’re going to carry on supporting you locally’.”

Cllr Moffitt, who served as leader of the council during the Tory/Lib Dem coalition between 2006 and 2010, said the council had “lost grip of customer services” under Labour.

He said: “What I hear repeatedly is Camden don’t answer emails and they don’t answer the phone. A lot of people’s day-to-day experience of dealing with Camden is very poor.”

He also questioned the ability of the administration’s cabinet: “I think since the last election there’s been quite a weak cabinet when I contrast it with the Lib Dem/Conservative partnership administration.

“I don’t think it’s a strong team, there are some real weak links which then means that you’re relying very heavily on the officers to run the council if you don’t have strong politicians.”

Top three pledges:

- Cut council waste and keep council tax down

- Improve council customer service

- Clean up Camden

Latest Stories

Squatters at West End Lane

Squatters are currently believed to have barricaded themselves into a former council building in West Hampstead after an eviction order was served.

London Ambulance Service has been recommended for special measures following a CQC report

The London Ambulance Service has been placed into special measures after being slammed by a health watchdog investigation as “inadequate”.

Tulip Siddiq challenged the Prime Minister in the House of Commons

Mothers’ maiden names should be listed on marriage certificates alongside fathers’ names, Hampstead and Kilburn’s MP has told Parliament.

Piers Corbyn, right, with the squatters in West Hampstead and Cllr Lorna Russell

Squatters who have occupied empty former council offices in West Hampstead will appear in court today.

Cllr Sarah Hayward

The leader at Camden Council has warned that the Chancellor’s comprehensive spending review may leave the authority struggling to carry out essential duties and place vulnerable residents at risk.

Comedian Arthur Smith. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Zoe Paskett talks to comedian Arthur Smith, who will performing Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen at the festival.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Former Tottenham and Chelsea midfielder Micky Hazard says Blues manager Jose Mourinho has lacked dignity this season and believes the Portuguese could benefit from showing greater humility.

The youth attacked the women in Parliament Hill

The parents of a woman who was robbed and sexually assaulted on Hampstead Heath stormed out of a courtroom in anger after her 16-year-old attacker was jailed for just one year.


Hampstead and Kilburn

  • Tulip Siddiq (Labour)
    23,977 (44.4%)

Finchley and Golders Green

  • Mike Freer (Conservative)
    25,835 (50.9%)

Holborn and St Pancras

  • Keir Starmer(Labour)
    29,062 (52.9%)

Most read

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


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

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

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder