Adrian Cohen, a partner at Clifford Chance who recently left the firm after 30 yrs+ of service, and Alexandra Sufit, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at a global Fintech, formerly at the Social Mobility Commission, were deemed to be standing in an unwinnable.

The pair quietly campaigned across Hampstead, alongside their pawlitical supporter – a Battersea rescue. Their mascot was often seen bearing the red rosette across NW3 in the days leading up to the election.

Deemed a ‘no hope’ ward, Adrian and Alex were relatively quiet on social media – so to see the Labour Co-op stack grow as the night unfolded came as a surprise to everyone, not least of all to the candidates themselves.

Having an early flight to catch, Adrian retreated to bed, while Alex braved an all-nighter. As morning drew in, and the stack of ballots grew, Alex decided to wake up her fellow candidate, suggesting it looked ‘close’.

Jumping out of bed, Adrian valiantly made his way down to the count – and entered to a room full of applause – he’d won Hampstead! With Alex coming a close, but unelected, third place. It marked a historic Labour/ Co-op win for Hampstead Town.

A supposedly ‘paper candidate’ had uprooted what was once a Conservative stronghold, with Hampstead becoming a two party ward.

If ever there was a case study in the art of the impossible – it certainly was Hampstead Town in the 2022 local elections last night.