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In 1934, Krishna Menon was elected Labour Councillor for St. Pancras, now Camden. A popular local politician, he was re-elected with increased majority at every poll. He served for 14 years before resigning to become independent India’s first High Commissioner in London.
Menon focused on improving living conditions for the people of the borough and served on all major committees. Particularly known for his work to extend the library service and the Camden Festival of Arts, his legacy to cultural life continues today.
As secretary of the India League, Menon was an energetic campaigner and publicist for Indian freedom and against colonialism and Fascism. A qualified barrister, he defended lascar sailors often without a fee.
In 1955, he was honoured with the Freedom of the Borough for his services to Camden. After his death the Council erected a special plaque outside his house in his memory.
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