Camden Conservatives kick off their 2018 Council elections campaign in Primrose Hill

Camden Conservatives kick off their 2018 Council elections campaign in Primrose Hill

On a bright sunny Saturday morning, the Camden Conservatives started their 2018 Council election campaign in Primrose Hill.

Pledging to restore weekly bin collections, fight fly-tipping and give a stronger voice to residents dealing with the Council, the Camden Conservatives chose Primrose Hill and Camden Town as the site for the their launch. By choosing what has often been erroneously considered a Labour stronghold, Camden Conservatives wanted to signify that they are the party for the entire borough and that there aren’t any “no-go” areas for their message.

Camden Conservatives’ candidates include teachers, barristers, tube drivers, local entrepreneurs, reaching across all age and social groups, united in our shared One-Nation values of freedom, personal responsibility and sound administration.

Claire-Louise Leyland, Camden Conservatives’ group leader said: “I am delighted at such a diverse group of candidates, all determined to speak for their local communities. Camden residents have been let down by Labour whose complacency and indifference to their concerns is clearly seen by their cuts to bin collections. But our campaign isn’t just about that one issue. We want to prove to Camden residents that there is an alternative that will take their concerns into account and listen to their voices."

Don Williams, Conservative Finance spokesman added: “For the last seven years Labour has been blaming every decision they have taken on government cuts but that excuse just won’t do. It is up to local government administrations to decide where to make savings and where to spend and they have consistently made the wrong decisions. We have also suggested options to raise funds which have been either ignored or adopted with culpable delay, starving the Council of much needed resources.”

Candidates include businesswoman Catherine McQueen (full story in Camden New Journal here Ham & High here) who said: “I’m standing because I want to make things better; I got a text from my son’s school recently saying he couldn’t play outside because of the air. That really bothered me and I want to do something about it.”

Calvin Robinson, a teacher added: “The country and our community need to do significantly more in training and up-skilling our young people. I want to work to establish genuine parity of esteem between academic and technical routes and Camden is a great place to start. Our secondary schools however have been let down by Labour. Every young person in Camden should have access to an outstanding education.”

Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South but just as importantly- in our eyes- a former Camden councillor for Gospel Oak ward – said in a meeting afterwards: “Camden Labour have passed the joint highest council tax increase in London while cutting essential services like rubbish collections. Voters won’t stand for this. People often consider Camden a safe Labour area but as my own experience has shown, nothing is impossible and there is no such a thing as a safe seat.”

Camden Conservatives will be campaigning across the borough and knocking on your door soon! For enquiries please contact our office at, tel. 0207794 5679