No Rest for London LibDems
Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 3rd October, 2010
Rather like buses, special elections have the unfortunate habit of arriving in pairs. That situation is occuring again in London this month, with the (first ever) Tower Hamlets Mayoral election on 21 October and a Kentish Town, Camden, council by-election one week later. There was an action weekend in Bethnal Green this weekend, with a steady stream of helpers both from within the borough and from afar — including former Richmond Park MP and candidate for Party presidency, Susan Kramer, and her near neighbour, Merlene Emerson, Chair of Chinese Liberal Democrats (both pictured) — to boost the Tower Hamlets campaign. The LibDem mayoral candidate, John Griffiths (‘JohnG4Mayor’) is getting good media coverage, including on ethnic minority TV channels, and tomorrow morning will be welcoming the party’s leader on the London Assembly (GLA), Caroline Pidgeon, to Whitechapel. Meanwhile, Camden LibDems — who have far more than their fair share of council by-elections in recent years (fortunately winning most of them) — are fielding Nick Russell as their candidate in Kentish Town ward, which he represented until this May (having won it in an earlier by-election) and which the local team are fighting hard to retake. So that means London party activists have a busy few weeks ahead, to help the pary grow city-wide.