Local skirmishes

Glenda Jackson wins Hampstead and Kilburn by the narrowest of margins, but my money is on a Chris Philp win next time and that might be sooner than we think.

One of the hardest, gutsiest, most deeply felt battles in the election for a Parliamentary seat was in my area of Hampstead and Kilburn, where Glenda Jackson has been ensconced like a barnacle for 18 long years.   18 years!   18 long long years!  I should know what a hard battle Tory Chris Philp was facing when he started his challenge.  I have been bumping into champagne Socialists for years, and their rationale is no easier to understand than it ever was.    Melvyn Bragg might remember the day when I chased him up the street, telling him “You are a very bad man!” because he pulled a rude face and said “Oh no!” when I was campaigning for Boris for Mayor.   This is the typical reaction when you say you vote Tory.  Mr. Bragg and I finished up on good terms, mainly because he was laughing himself sick, but you don’t always get such a friendly final reaction.

In addition, Chris had to take on Ed Fordham, and the Lib Dem PR that was a tad overinflated, and look what high expectations did for Nick Clegg.  Lib Dems were putting it around that Ed would win easily.  The final results couldn’t have been closer.  There was a recount and the final result was:

Glenda Jackson   17,332

Chris Philp             17,290

Ed Fordham         16,401

The London Standard said this must have been one of the closest finishes in the whole election.  Congratulations,  Glenda Jackson, you won fair and square.  But if there is another election soon, I am betting that Chris Philp will prevail. I am keeping the huge blue poster that stood on my balcony beaming his name over the whole of London.   It’s not over until it’s over.

5 responses to “Local skirmishes

  1. Champagne Socialists are the worst types of hypocrite. I was collecting for charity, and from the Champagne Socialist, zip.

  2. Let’s see how long the coalition lasts.

  3. Boris would never have let it come to this! Never, never, never, never. He would have been on to the Mandy/Cleggy plot from the get-go. He would never have been complacent in the middle of the campaign, or played it safe.

    He would have been in there, firing on all cylinders, and it would have been crystal clear what he believed and stood for, no reservations.

    Finally, never, ever, would Boris have let Cleggy lie away and win that first debate. He would have flattened him in five minutes.

  4. If vile Nick Clegg goes with Labour, the Labour party will have to buy off the Scottish and Welsh votes and according to today’s Telegraph, their price is protection from cuts.

    So once again, the English will be funding the Scots and Welsh, how fair is that!!!

  5. Chris Philp did fight incredibly hard. I have friends an both Hampstead and Kilburn and they have told me how hard he fought. God knows how Glenda won AGAIN! She is known as the laziest MP in Parliament.

    I agree, it is down to all the champagne Socialists in Hampstead, who haven’t a clue and think it is so supercool to vote Labour.

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