Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Archive for August 14th, 2010

Spotlight on Earl’s Court

Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 14th August, 2010

It’s 25 years since I left Earl’s Court but I still retain a lot of affection for SW5. It’s no longer Kangaroo Valley — the haunt of transient Australians — or even that much of a gay village any more. And whereas it was considered very down-market when I lived there, it has become as chic as most parts of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. There was quite a frisson there, accordingly, when longstanding Conservative ward Councillor Barry Phelps had to resign recently after he sent innocent photos of young buys smuttily captioned to a colleague through the Council’s computer system. Mr Phelps, a journalist and writer, has often been a figure of controversy, for example having in February this year been accused of bringing the Council into dispute for branding a member of the public a malicious liar. Nonetheless, he believes he still has a strong support base locally and it will be interesting to see if he stands as an independent in the by-election due to be held on 16 September against the official Conservative candidate. In the meantime, the Liberal Democrats, who came second in the ward in May, are putting up a vigorous fight with local residents’ champion Linda Wade as their candidate.

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