We were pleased to have a packed out fundraiser with the Warden of the North (of London). David Lammy MP to hear his story and how we will be fighting a strong campaign this year.
On the evening before parliament decided to amend the unfair Bedroom Tax, David Lammy MP for Tottenham addressed Labour Party Members and supporters at a Fundraising Dinner. Held at La Trevi in Highams Park on Thursday 4th September and audience of over 50 enjoyed the evening.
David lammy congratulated the Chingford & Woodford Green Labour Party on achieving its best local election results since 1965. The Party was now well placed to challenge the Tories.
He told the gathering that the Benefits Cap had brought greater hardship for many families. The Work Programme did not provide work for many young people. Many disabled people were no longer entitled to benefits they needed to live their lives. Iain Duncan Smith’s incompetence as Secretary of State for Work & Pensions was reason enough for getting rid of him as Chingford’s MP, but he was also responsible for encouraging the perception that everyone claiming benefits was a “scounger”, denigrating and stigmatising the unemployed, ethnic minorities and the disabled.
Earlier that day, David Lammy had launched a report into London’s housing crisis. It was now increasingly difficult for young people to buy houses, because prices had escalated beyond most people’s ability to pay. Renting in the private sector was now prohibitively expensive – rents had increased by 25%-40% in recent years. Local Authorities had been unable to build council houses to replace those sold in the 1980s. Less than one thousand council houses had been built in London in recent years. The housing crisis was hard on families and young people. David Lammy said he favoured rent capping, pointing out that the conservative Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel had been re-elected promising to control rents.