Kathy Condon, Broxbourne Party Secretary said this about Malcolm Aitken, who sadly died recently.
‘It was a pleasure going canvassing with Malcolm but you needed to be patient. The thing was, most of the residents of Waltham Cross seemed to know him and appreciate him, and wanted to update Malcolm on things he had sorted out for them. Or else they had a new problem they wanted him to take on. He would listen with great interest and concern and work out what he could do for them. It meant we were sometimes on the doorstep for an hour before we could move on.
His kindness to the residents was contrasted by his performance in the council chamber where he was leader of the Labour Group. He would give no quarter to Conservative councillors whose views he considered to be unhelpful to the residents. He was not bound by procedure, sometimes to the consternation of the Mayor.
Last year he laid the Labour Party wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Hoddesdon. He did that with great dignity despite having to have a bit of help because he was blind. Afterwards he chatted to people for ages including to the firemen who had brought a fire engine to the ceremony. Many of them knew him and the others wanted to meet him.’