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Is Tony McNulty ‘starting to be reintegrated into polite society?

Ross Lydall, reporting on London’s battleground seats for the Evening Standard, certainly thinks so.

In his report, which you can read in full here, he notes McNulty’s expenses record has not featured heavily on the doorstep (despite nationally voters making it a central campaign issue).

Lydall highlights visits to the constituency from Labour topdogs David Miliband and Alan Johnson and the eleventh hour decision to find the funding for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, which saved McNulty from a potentially life-threatening independent challenge.

Focusing on Bob Blackman, Lydall quotes the Tory candidate as saying: “I have done my apprenticeship” and places him as raring for the contest next week. But Lydall adds that the former Brent councillor and four times parliamentary candidate has many enemies.

For our reading pleasure, Lydall has even added to the online version a link to the comments on his blog by said enemies.

So is McNulty back and will voters focus on his local record rather than the national profile which was so elevated by last year’s expenses scandal? With eight days to go, it’s anyones guess.

One thing that will probably help McNulty pick up some support is his signature on the pledge to oppose a fee rise for students.

The NUS campaign has attracted support from more than 1,000 candidates of all parties, including fellow Labour bigwigs Phil Woolas and Roberta Blackman-woods, an aide to universities minister David Lammy.

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The Home Secretary was in Harrow today to give a boost to the MPs fighting for their seats there and talk about Labour’s plans for policing.

Alan Johnson joined Harrow East MP Tony McNulty and his Harrow West counterpart Gareth Thomas, both of whom are fighting to save their seats in May, as they campaigned in the area.
 
The Home Secretary used the opportunity to raise concerns about Conservative policing policy and promise Labour would protect funding for Safer Neighbourhood teams.
 
“The Conservatives have not promised to keep up spending on police,” he said.
 
Calling neighbourhood policing a resource people ‘can reach out and touch’, he added:
 
“Our prediction is that we’ll see some of those teams pushed up to borough level which means diluting the neighbourhood policing we’ve become used to.
 
“Ensuring that every ward in London has a basic minimum level is really important.”
 
McNulty has previously also been vocal about policing, calling Mayor Boris Johnson a ‘clown’ in January after he stepped down from running the Metropolitan Policing Authority.

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