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Respect councillor backs Travellers

by Selina Whiteley
Issue No. 1947

Oliur Rahman, Respect councillor and candidate in Tower Hamlets, east London, is taking up the case of four Traveller families who have been left without toilets for over a week.

Their site is situated by the prestigious Bow Quarter luxury flats. Ten children live there. A representative from the council visited the site on Friday 1 April, but had not provided any facilities by the time Socialist Worker went to press.

Bridget Maughan, one of the Travellers, told Socialist Worker, “We just need toilets. We have to take our children to McDonalds to go to the toilet, and that is a long walk.”

Oliur Rahman told Socialist Worker, “The Tories took away the need for councils to provide proper sites for Travellers, but New Labour have been in power for eight years and they have improved nothing.

“For my election campaign I have been visiting schools every morning for the last few days in Poplar & Canning Town. It has been fantastic.

“At the schools I have done so far, I have met only one person who said they were going to vote Labour. Come to help Respect. My campaign headquarters is 813 Commercial Road.”

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Sat 16 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1947
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