London Lib Dem Mayoral candidate “applied to High Court” over non-approval

Yesterday’s Sunday Times [paywall] reported that Patrick Streeter, one of the hopefuls for the Liberal Democrat London Mayoral candidacy, was not approved as a candidate and is now taking his case to the High Court.

…a potential candidate has taken the party to court after being dropped from the shortlist of five — and it’s not Opik.

Patrick Streeter, an Old Harrovian, red sock-wearing accountant, applied to the High Court last week for a stay of execution after being dropped at the interview stage last weekend.

He now expects the matter to be settled, but says: “The Labour vote is very soft in London. I shall be very cheesed off if I don’t get a crack of the whip.”

Streeter certainly has a touch of Boris Johnson about him. “I told a couple of jokes at the interview, and wonder if that counted against me,” he says. “They asked what I’ve done to combat crime. I said I’d chased down a burglar — and that my wife watches Crimewatch.”

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  • Those quotes alone ring alarm bells.

  • Ridiculous.

  • I hope his legal grounds are better than the ones set out above!

  • Does anybody know when the actual shortlist will be published? Given the result is due to be announced at the conference in December, there is only a limited amount of time for hustings, etc.

  • Agent Orange 12th Oct '10 - 8:24pm

    I realised years ago that being an Old Harrovian with a plummy accent was an insuperable barrier to getting elected anywhere that I could afford to live or would want to represent.

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