15 November 2006
The Labour Party vote in Kentish Town is collapsing, and the December 7 byelection is coming down to a straight contest between the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats.Siân Berry, the Green Party candidate who in May missed out on a seat by just 157 votes said, “Voters have a clear choice. They can get just one more Lib Dem, which won’t change anything, or they can vote for me.
"That means they’ll get a strong, independent voice who won’t be controlled by a party whip in the Town Hall. “
The Lib Dems have joined in coalition with the Tories and are pushing through cuts to vital local services. As a result, they have already lost some of the support they had in May.”
Siân added, “You might think the Greens would say they were winning, but independent observers are saying the same thing.”
The Camden New Journal only this Thursday said the Greens were “surging”, and that Green posters were “dominant in house windows in the area”.
Earlier this month the Camden New Journal reported that privately the other parties were saying the Greens could win.
The Ham&High, reporting on the selection of the Labour candidate, said the party was hoping for “divine intervention” in selecting a chaplain, Sam McBratney, who failed to be elected in Islington in the council elections in May.