Down Portobello Road
Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 25th January, 2008
Brian Paddick led a walkabout along Kensington’s Portobello Road this afternoon, with a party of local activists, the GLA candidate for London West Central, Merlene Toh Emerson, and the three top London Euro-candidates: Sarah Ludford, myself and Dinti Wakefield. It was interesting to see how passionately so many of the market stallholders there feel about the western extension of the congestion charge, which Brian has pledged to scrap if he’s elected. We also did a photo-stop at Woolworth’s, which has become an iconic element in the Colville ward LibDems’ campaigning.
We ended up at the London Lighthouse, off Ladbrooke Grove. It’s several years since I’d been there, when I did a reading along with Francis King. At that time, HIV/AIDS was still a death sentence for many in this country, but mercifully that is no longer the case — although it still is in too much of the rest of the world. We were shown into the sheltered garden, where a lemon tree is in full fruit (maybe global warming has some advantages!), and we looked at the swing seat where Princess Di used to perch when she wandered in to see how things were going. Brian Paddick is a longstanding supporter of both the London Lighthouse and the Terrence Higgins Trust, so not surprisingly, we got a warm welcome.