Independent polls in Tottenham, north London, indicate that Respect candidate Janet Alder is now the number one challenger to David Lammy, the sitting Labour MP.
Lammy has realised what is at stake and is turning all his fire on Janet and Respect. But his close relationship with Tony Blair is coming back to haunt him.
Janet has attended hustings set up by several groups in the area including the Turkish Cypriot Women’s Organisation and Haringey’s African Caribbean Leadership Council, which is one of the longest established black civic groups in the area and has strong links to the local Labour Party. Nevertheless, Janet was warmly received.
Respect also visited Hornsey School for Girls for the school’s mock elections. Janet spoke to the students, one of whom said, “All the other parties have something wrong with them — but not Respect.”