Kilburn councillor enters Labour race to replace Frank Dobson

Cllr Thomas Gardiner has been a councillor for four years (Pic credit: Polly Hancock)

Cllr Thomas Gardiner has been a councillor for four years (Pic credit: Polly Hancock) - Credit: Archant

A Kilburn councillor has revealed today he hopes to be selected as the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Holborn and St Pancras seat.

Cllr Thomas Gardiner has thrown his hat into the ring following an announcement by labour veteran politician Frank Dobson that he will stand down in next year’s General Election after 35 years.

Cllr Gardener, who became a councillor in 2010, was born and bred in Camden and is married to ward councillor Maryam Eslamdoust.

He said: “I think we need a serious contender to continue the tradition of everyday, practical socialism which Frank Dobson has always represented.

“I did not want to campaign for the role before Frank had announced his intentions, both out of respect for him and in the hope that he might continue.”

All prospective candidates must now wait until a timetable for selection is drawn up between Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party and the national party before submitting their candidacy.