Star of Hospital documentary to stand in Fortune Green by-election
Nancy Jirira will try to hold the seat for the Lib Dems
06 June, 2021 — By Richard Osley
Nancy Jirira getting a Covid vaccine earlier this year
NANCY Jirira, the coronavirus survivor who was given a 50/50 chance during her hospital ordeal, will stand for the Liberal Democrats at the Fortune Green by-election.
The New Journal reported yesterday (Saturday) how Flick Rea, one of Camden’s best known councillors was stepping down from the Town Hall after 35 years of unbroken service. She has now urged constituents to back her party’s candidate when they go the polls.
“This will not be an election about who runs Camden Council,” she said in a letter to people living in the ward. “This will be an election about who will represent you and your community. If you trusted me to fight for you, please trust Nancy to carry on fighting.”
Nancy Jirira’s coronavirus battle was featured in Hospital
Overall Labour has a commanding majority at the Town Hall but Fortune Green is a split ward: one Liberal Democrat, Cllr Rea, sharing the territory with two Labour councillors.
Cllr Rea’s high personal vote in the neighbourhood – constituents staged a ‘clap for Flick’ on her doorstep during the pandemic – has always proved too much of a hurdle for Labour in the past.
Ms Jirira, a nurse, is a former Lib Dem councillor herself and was catapulted back into the spotlight last year when the BBC’s Hospital documentary followed her battle with Covid.
The programme showed her being applauded out of the Royal Free after she recovered from a critical prognosis and made an emotional speech thanking the NHS and undervalued staff who had come from overseas to treat patients.
Other parties have not announced their candidates yet but selection processes have begun.