Nearly 100 people attended a local Respect meeting in the Weavers ward of Tower Hamlets, east London, addressed by local MP George Galloway, on Monday.
It was a meeting billed as a summit for local residents to meet with their representatives and discuss the future of housing in the borough.
One local resident said that George’s “kind of fighting spirit is exactly what we need back in the East End”.
A local Lib Dem councillor who attended the meeting was lambasted by another local for being on the board of a housing association that wants to take over council houses.
There was a call to build Respect locally and contest the local elections next year to sweep away those who refuse to stand up and fight for the needs of working class people.