It is a sunny Sunday morning and it is an absolute delight to be canvassing on the Campsbourne Estate in Hornsey. The Estate is the heart of the ward I represented on Haringey Council for twenty-four years and it is gratifying that, even though it is twelve years since I last stood for election here, a number of local residents still remember me fondly.
My canvassing team includes Makbule Gunes, who has been working impressively hard as one of Labour’s local Council candidates, and is greeted warmly by many local residents as we go round. She will clearly be a superb local representative when she is elected on 6th May.
Even more gratifying are the improvements that have been brought about on the Estate as a result of a Labour Government working with a Labour Council. Each block we visit has new windows, new entrance doors and better security.
At Wat Tyler House, I remember what that block was like when I first went there as a Council candidate in 1978 – bleak, frighteningly insecure, lifts not working and with a dismembered pigeon in the stairwell – now it is bright and welcoming.
The Labour vote is clearly holding up – and no-one mentions Nick Clegg!
Pictured below is John Healey, the Housing Minister, with Karen Jennings, our excellent Labour Parliamentary candidate, and two of the local Labour Council candidates, Makbule Gunes and Eugene Akwasi-Ayisi, outside Wat Tyler House three weeks ago.