Campainging for Afifa Pervez in Brent Council by-election

James Allie, Sarah Teather and Mark Pack campaigning in Brent for Afifa Pervez

Out canvassing with James Allie and Sarah Teather

Brrrrrrr. It was off to the cold streets of Wembley Central this morning to go canvassing for Afifa Pervez in the ward which, during the 2001 census, has the highest proportion of overseas-born residents in the country.

One quick look at the canvass cards showed how multicultural the area has remained and the doorsteps quickly revealed how in an area with high private renting the sort of electoral registration problems which research identifies are confirmed by direct doorstep experience.

The reception from the people I spoke to was, metaphorically, very warm (and why yes, I was encouraged to linger longer on a few doorsteps to benefit from the warmth coming out from the hallways). Many residents are angry at the way basic services, such as street cleaning, are done so poorly in the area – and yet the council finds money for things like this.

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