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More news from Astragal's old friend, that old lefty Chris Roche. The Tower Hamlets-based architect, who, let's be honest, seems to have a little trouble dealing with authority, is at it again.

The maverick socialist decided some months ago, having pulled out of the last RIBA presidential elections, to stand for election as a Labour candidate for a ward in Camden, north London.

But now he's having second thoughts. In his words, 'if you thought RIBA politics are bad, you should see Camden'.

In fact, so disillusioned is Roche that he tried to pull out at the last minute, only to be told that is was too late.

Not to worry though - it seems that the seat is quite unwinnable. Don't expect Roche to slip in to a quiet retirement however. It's simply not in his DNA.

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