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Video: the Mayor of Kentish Town has a message for readers

NW5's self-styled bigwig on why readers mustn't dodge the polling stations on 12th December

Comedian Steve Furst has created a few classic characters – most famous Lenny Beige – but we will always slavishly follow everything he says as the Mayor of Kentish Town. And right now he’s telling us to vote: “Don’t squander it!” Yes sir.

Not familiar with the Mayor? “A few years ago I wanted to go back to doing some stand-up with a new character,” Furst says in a former interview with Kentishtowner here. “I was aware of Rob Ford, the then Mayor of Toronto who was the crack smoking lunatic who had somehow been voted into office – and thought about a local Mayor here.

“I needed an area, and love really knowing a character, so that ruled out South London or Essex. The changing face of north London, and specifically Tufnell Park and Kentish Town, was perfect. Here was a neighbourhood that still had poorer patches and a bit of a reputation, whilst also becoming prohibitively expensive. Enter The Mayor – or Graham Loose (as he’s known to me only).”


If you’re not convinced at first watch, Furst says that the Mayor is a man “who sounds like an idiot but is very on the money. His policies are a little unorthodox but he runs on the common-sense ticket and doesn’t align himself to left or right. People initially don’t know how to take him. I have to say I really do rather love him.”

And let’s face it, on this occasion, you can’t argue with the blinged-up fella one bit.

Follow Steve Furst on Twitter @stevefurst

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