On Sunday afternoon my campaign went out to support my political hero and inspiration – Karen Buck in the Westminster North constituency. The purpose was to meet voters in the Church Street Ward. The weather was perfect and over 20 people turned up on the day, including Ken Livingstone. I think some thanks are due to London Young Labour who helped round up an enthusiastic crowd for the event.
Our team canvassed near Lisson Grove. It was certainly refreshing to canvass in some blocks with such enthusiastic Labour support. But not surprisingly, when issues came up they were mostly about housing: the lack of suitably sized housing, or the conditions of the existing housing. Just finding suitable, affordable, family size accommodation in Westminster is such a huge challenge. I think we can be doing much more to help local housing management be responsive and focused on taking care of residents.
Remember that Karen Buck is in a tough election battle this year because of the changes to her constituency boundaries. Karen will always be a stronger advocate for affordable housing in Westminster than her opponent, any support you can lend her is always appreciated.