Lib Dems concede there is ‘no safe seat’ in Camden election battle
- Credit: Nigel Sutton
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.
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“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.
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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.”
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- Cut council waste and keep council tax down
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