Fresh start on cards for Hampstead and Kilburn voters

Having attended the debate between the parliamentary candidates for the Hampstead and Kilburn seat, I can see that voters will have an important decision as to who should represent them. Hampstead and Kilburn, and Britain as a whole, will decide if we wi

Having attended the debate between the parliamentary candidates for the Hampstead and Kilburn seat, I can see that voters will have an important decision as to who should represent them.

Hampstead and Kilburn, and Britain as a whole, will decide if we will allow Gordon Brown's Labour to cling on to power or if we want a fresh start.

Between 1970 and 2009, first Hampstead and Highgate, and now H&K, have been represented by two MPs, Geoffrey Finsberg for the Conservatives until 1992 and Glenda Jackson for Labour since then. For 30 out of the last 40 years therefore, our MPs have been part of the government's Parliamentary majority, and in the case of Finsberg, an important government minister.

Conservative candidate Cllr Chris Philp, should he be elected, will very likely be part of David Cameron's government, something Glenda will never be with Brown - her best days are behind her. Hampstead and KIlburn will therefore have an important say in Britain's future.

As for the hyper-aggressive Lib Dem candidate, his claim that he would be a strong constituency MP raises the question: if he is so vested in the local area why has he not stood for council? Actually we know the answer: when the Lib Dem candidate did stand in 2006 he was sonorously rejected.

Why should we vote Lib Dem? A Lib-Dem MP will be in opposition regardless of who wins between Cameron and Brown and will therefore be an anonymous back-bencher MP, whose vote will be irrelevant when the next government is called to make important decisions on the economy, our schools, our hospitals and our post-offices.

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Voting Lib Dem would get Ed Fordham a nice �60,000 plus expenses job, but will deprive Hampstead &Kilburn of a say in our nation's government.

With the important challenges Britain faces, we can't waste our time, and our vote, by giving it to the Lib Dem candidate.

Giovanni Spinella

West End Lane, NW6

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