Saturday, February 09, 2013

Soggy West Ham LabourDoorstep

Picture is from this morning's street surgery and doorstep in West Ham Ward, Newham, London. I had a traditional Councillor surgery in Vicarage Lane Community Centre beforehand.

During which I tried to help a constituent who is being forced to move due to the Tory Bedroom tax. S/he is a single parent in a 3 bedroom property with 2 young daughters who are now expected to share a bedroom, so s/he has to uproot them from friends and schools to move to a 2 bedroom.

When the children get older, will be be able to rehouse them in a 3-bedroom? Or will they have to share a bedroom until they leave home? Roll on General Election in 2015.

It began to rain a few minutes before we met up for the doorstep and continued off and on for the rest of the session. There were 4 of West Ham ward Labour Party finest,  Cllr Ron Manley, Secretary John Whitworth, Julieanne Marriot, Adam Tyndall (and of course me).

Things were a bit slow to start with lots of people out but eventually we picked up a new Labour Party member and lots of case work relating to recycling, parking, abandoned vehicles and I was even involved in trying to work out a land title problem between neighbours which was over 40 years old.

Hat tip pic Adam of Julieanne, John and John "on the knocker". 
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