KENTISH TOWN election: Lib Dems scrapped home after vicious battle

Camden s Lib Dems do not have much to be proud of after their recent narrow scrape home in Kentish Town (Lib Dems easily hang on to Kentish Town, H&H November 6). After the embarrassing defection of their councillor to Arizona, they fought as viciously a

Camden's Lib Dems do not have much to be proud of after their recent narrow scrape home in Kentish Town (Lib Dems easily hang on to Kentish Town, H&H November 6).

After the embarrassing defection of their councillor to Arizona, they fought as viciously as cornered cats to hold their seat, even making political capital out of the vote on the Torriano Pub - the sort of vote which is supposed to be decided by councillors in a dispassionate way and which may yet be reversed on appeal.

As for their complaints that other parties delivered literature on yellow paper making fun of them - trying to steal support from other parties by delivering literature (often cleverly printed to appear hand-written) on red, blue or green paper is a very common Lib Dem tactic. Clearly they don't like getting a taste of their own medicine.

The bottom line is that the public do not yet want Labour back running the council, and will vote for whichever party seems most likely to keep them out - on this occasion the Lib Dems were the dustbin for the protest vote.


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As for the claim by council leader Keith Moffitt that the next General Election in Holborn and St. Pancras will be a straight fight between Labour and the Lib Dems, he seems to have blotted from his mind the results of the last elections in May 2008, in which the Lib Dems came a poor third in the mayoral vote and fourth in the Greater London Assembly vote.

In each case Labour won (narrowly) in the constituency with the Conservatives second.

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Or perhaps he does remember, and simply hopes that the public have forgotten, and will instead listen to his propaganda.

Iain Martin

Mitford Road, N19

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