We met at a Labour stall in Stratford for the obligatory group photos then split up into 3 canvass teams. The Newham Mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, took a team into Maryland while the other two teams went to the Carpenters Estate. I was with our local MP, Lyn Brown and our Cities and East Assembly member, Unmesh Desai.
Residents were as usual in Newham, pretty positive and supportive but a little surprised to see us campaigning so soon after the general election. There was not much recognition that the GLA elections are taking place in May so we have lots of work to do. I recognised some of the residents who have been participating in the monthly Carpenters forums on the future of the estate.
The GLA elections are crucial for Newham, even more following the General Election catastrophe. Sadiq has provided us with £107 million to build truly affordable Council homes as well as much needed funding to tackle rough sleeping. We desperately need a Labour Mayor and Labour Assembly members in City Hall to continue this work.