Respect kicked off its election campaign in Newham, east London, last weekend with street stalls and a walkabout by Lindsey German and Abdul Khaliq, prospective parliamentary candidates for the borough.Lindsey and Abdul pledged support for the campaign to save Queens Market, which Newham’s New Labour council wants to sell to private developers.
Stallholders Stuart Harrison, Neil Stockwell and Eddie Stockwell took Respect campaigning material to hand out to their customers. Their historic market is threatened with being turned into expensive flats and an Asda superstore.
“Labour didn’t spend the money for redevelopment on us and now they want to do away with us — the most multicultural market in Britain — and build luxury housing which none of us can afford and a supermarket which won’t stock the food the communities want,” said Eddie.
Newham’s two constituencies — East Ham and West Ham — are both key targets for Respect in the general election expected later this year. Respect came second in the borough to Labour in the European elections last June.
THE FINAL conference of the Socialist Alliance took place on Saturday of last week and voted to dissolve the organisation. Most of those who were active in the alliance have thrown their energies into Respect.