I spoke tonight at a meeting of Hendon Labour Party. It has been a bit dis-spiriting of late in the Westminster bubble, so it was good to recharge my political batteries with 20 or 30 Party members who were enthusiastic about discussing policy and happy to laugh at my occasional weak jokes.
We ranged widely on subjects such as policing in London, counter-terrorism policy, youth facilities, Boris Johnson, Barnet Council, Brian Coleman (who produced the most vigorous reaction of the evening), House of Lords reform and much more. Having arrived rather tired and damp (having suffered my second drenching of the day), I left envigorated. I hope my hosts did too.