The Price Of Tory Failure

By Seema Chandwani | Twitter @SeemaChandwani

Labour have launched its campaign against the Government’s austerity plans called “The Price Of Tory Failure” In two parts, the first is a website which rotates quotes of real life people illustrating how they have been negatively impacted on. Examples include:

“I work 45 hours a week, so I am not lazy! Yet each month I am out of money by the 2nd week of my monthly pay. I work hard and contribute to society, yet I am afforded little or no respect.”

“I am £44 per week worse off, I can’t afford to heat the house”

The second part of the campaign involves a leaflet that will be used as part of the Labour Doorstep and canvassing.

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Why I am proud to call Tottenham ‘home’

By Seema Chandwani | Twitter @SeemaChandwani

There is that odd moment, when I’m at a dinner party and people ask me where I live.

As the word ‘Tottenham’ exits my mouth strange things happen, from looks of sympathy to a discreet check to see if their wallet is still in their pocket!

As I approach my 30th year of living in Tottenham, I often get asked why I don’t move, like it is an expectation and those who do live here do so because they don’t have any other choice.

Like many people in Tottenham I can afford to move but choose not to. My choice is to stay.

The lenses on my glasses are not tinted in a shade of rose; after working for almost 16 years with young people, especially those who face intense need, the social issues facing Tottenham are plain to see.

The media, and to some extent politicians who reel off statistics illustrating society breakdown in our area remind us constantly.

However, despite all the attention we get, there is little mention of the uniqueness Tottenham possesses, a place where you can get on the bus and see it full of people from more 40 different parts of the world, some who decorate your eye with their vibrant array of traditional clothes that paints an image of genuine human unity rarely seen in any other part of the world.

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