Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

John Kampfner Launches CamdenJo

Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 12th April, 2010

The young lawyer Jo Shaw was formally adopted as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Holborn and St Pancras in North London this evening at a packed event addressed by former New Statesman editor, John Kampfner. Mr Kampfner — who is now CEO of Index on Censorship — came out as a Liberal Democrat at a press conference with Nick Clegg recently, having finally given up all hope of New Labour abandoning its authoritarianism (though he had already voted LibDem in the 2005 general election, because of the Iraq War). His verdict on the Labour Party today was that it is ‘tribal, brutish and ideologically bankrupt’, which Jo Shaw said reminded of her of a particular Camden Labour councillor, who had better remain nameless. The LibDems have high hopes of taking outright control of Camden Council on 6 May (currently running it in an arrangement with the much smaller Conservative group), and although Hampstead & Kilburn is a top target seat for the party (with a notional Labour majority of only 474, based on redrawn constituency boundaries), a shock result in Holborn & St Pancras can’t be ruled out. As the 2005 general election candidate, Cllr Jill Fraser, reminded people, the swing that catapulted her into second place on that occasion was so large that the TV thought there must have been a computer error.


4 Responses to “John Kampfner Launches CamdenJo”

  1. […] in her battle to cause an election night shock and unseat Frank Dobson in Holborn and St Pancras. An account of tonight’s adoption meeting is almost immediately posted online by Jonathan Fryer, the former Hampstead Town candidate now tasked with the unenviable task of trying to raise Lib Dem […]

  2. Theo Blackwell said


    Care to tell us which Camden cllr Jo Shaw was referring to, or is she going to kick off her campaign with a smear on someone who has represented their community on the council?


  3. jonathanfryer said

    No, Theo. It would be much more fun if the Labour Councillors swap ideas about who it could be.

  4. Theo Blackwell said

    Lol, we’ve noticed that Jo gets a bit rattled and resorts to the odd personal attack / distortion of Frank’s record. Think she has a legal letter to that end.

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