CANDIDATES IN CAMDEN

Arguably the most polarised ward in the borough with the yoga-loving Primrose Hill set sharing councillors with residents blighted by Camden Town s crack dealers and street drinking. Currently held by three Labour councillors but a hot target for the Lib

Arguably the most polarised ward in the borough with the yoga-loving Primrose Hill set sharing councillors with residents blighted by Camden Town's crack dealers and street drinking. Currently held by three Labour councillors but a hot target for the Lib Dems after May 2002 when Labour's Jake Sumner was edged into fourth place by Lib Dem Justin Barnard, who stood down 10 days later because he hadn't expected to win. Cllr Sumner won the subsequent by-election by 58 votes.

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CONSERVATIVE

Jesse Norman, 43, who lives in King Henry's Road, is the son of Torquil Norman, the man behind the redevelopment of the Roundhouse. A researcher for Policy Exchange, an influential Tory think-tank, he said: "In Camden my focus very much reflects what we are trying to do at the Roundhouse - giving youngsters something to get excited about and an opportunity to invest in their own lives."


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Dr William Mitchell, 52, lives in Fitzroy Road. A former pupil of Primrose Hill school, he campaigned to save Chalk Farm Library. He said: "I want to find a way of saving and refurbishing the swimming pool at Primrose Hill school."

Peter Horne, 47, is a Northern Line tube train driver and former Tory councillor for Swiss Cottage and Adelaide ward.

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GREEN

Nicola Chatham (pictured below), 37, from Camden Town is a stay-at-home Mum and social sciences student. She said: "I am passionate about green energy, affordable organic food and preserving independent shops."

Hilary Wendt lives on Gloucester Crescent, Camden Town, and used to work for Camden Social services. She said: "Environmentally, we are at a critical juncture in history."

Vincent Thurgood lives on Princess Road, Camden Town.

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LABOUR

Abdul Quadir, deputy mayor of Camden, has represented Highgate since 2002. The former accountant, who lives in Primrose Hill, said: "My main motto is greener and safer Camden - we have done quite a lot and we will continue."

Councillor Jake Sumner, 32, a part-time freelance writer, who lives in Camden Town, said: "My priority is getting drugs out of Camden Town because of the misery they cause. I have personally given evidence to help prosecutions."

Pat Callaghan, who has been a councillor for 11 years, is a mother of five and a governor of two local primary schools.

She said: "I am committed to working to provide good quality education in order to promote equality and fairness to all our children."

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LIB DEM

Libby Campbell, 27, lives in Haringey and works in the media industry. She said: "I'm very concerned to preserve Primrose Hill as a lively mixed community."

John Lefley (pictured below) is a chartered secretary living on Camden Road. He said: 'I want us to focus on getting our public transport right."

Chris Naylor works for City University and lives in Camden Town. He said: "I want us to get on top of serious crime and drugs problems.

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