Tory-run Wandsworth council in south London has backed off from its plans to evict a family from their council home over the riots.
Council bosses provoked outrage in August when they announced their intentions to evict Maite de la Calva and her young daughter after her son Daniel was charged over riots offences.
Local residents responded by mounting a strong campaign to oppose the eviction, including a 60-strong public meeting held in Battersea last month.
“This is a really important victory which sets a precedent for the rest of the country,” John Clossick from Wandsworth Against Cuts told Socialist Worker.
“Wandsworth is David Cameron’s flagship council. So for them to back off is very significant. An effective local campaign with the backing of Defend Council Housing, Liberty and several MPs has forced the Tories to back off.”
Emma Norton is a solicitor from civil rights group Liberty who has been representing Maite. She told Socialist Worker, “Liberty welcomes the decision by Wandsworth council not go ahead with the eviction. But we remain very concerned over its decision to pursue the eviction in the first place.
“Maite de la Calva is a hard-working woman with a young daughter. It is obvious that the council gave no thought to the effect this eviction threat would have on her. We hope that other councils who are considering this course of action will take note.”
Maite would like to thank everyone who has supported her.
If you have been threatened with eviction over the riots or want to get in touch with the Wandsworth campaign, send an email to [email protected]