Socialist Worker

Respect for London

Issue No. 2091

Lindsey German attends Bethnal Green tube disaster commemoration

Respect’s candidate for London mayor Lindsey German attended a commemoration of the Bethnal Green tube disaster last Saturday.

On 3 March 1943 hundreds of people rushed into the underground station in east London, which was being used as an air raid shelter, after hearing the unfamiliar sound of new anti-aircraft missiles being tested nearby.

In the crush that ensued 173 people suffocated.

The disaster was immediately covered up and people had to fight for the truth for years afterwards.

Lindsey gave Respect’s support to campaigners who are trying to raise money for a memorial to those who died.

Offley Works continues to operate

Youth projects continue to operate at the threatened Offley Works centre in south London.

As reported in Socialist Worker last week the London Development Agency plans to sell off the site. Lindsey German has pledged her support to the campaign to save the site and the projects it houses.

She told campaigners, “There should be more youth centres opened across London, not less.”

Michael Gavan selected for City and East

Victimised trade unionist Michael Gavan was unanimously selected to be Respect’s City and East London constituency candidate for the London Assembly elections in May. Michael is well known as a tireless campaigner for trade union rights as branch chair of Unison in Newham council.

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