Congratulations to Andrew Dismore AM. In all the celebrations for Brian Coleman's deletion from the payroll of the GLA, it is easy to forget that Andrew Dismore won the seat. From the moment Andrew was selected, I had no doubt he would win. Unlike previous Labour candidates in the Barnet and Camden seat, Andrew is a hard working candidate who is known for getting the job done. He achieve a 32% swing, which is a tribute to the attention to detail.
Many people have lent Andrew their vote for this election. Lib Dems, Greens and even Tories. For many, just getting rid of Coleman was payback enough. If Andrew wants to keep the seat in four years, he has to now repay that faith. I have no doubt that he will. Unlike Brian Coleman EX AM, Andrew will work for all his constituents. Unlike Coleman, he will not abuse people he disagrees with, will not use his expenses as a free taxi account and will not use his job to source an endless stream of free dinners.
Instead we will have an assembly member who will work hard, represent the people and I believe will make Barnet and Camden a better place.