On Monday, Stephen Timms spent the day with Ken Livingstone in Newham, hearing from constituents about the issues that matter most to them. The day marked Ken’s final stop of his ‘Tell Ken’ tour, where he has visited every Borough in London to hear about what issues matter most to people.
The day started with a walkabout in Little Ilford, where Stephen – together with local councillors – highlighted the serious issue of rogue landlords. Stephen and Ken then visited East Ham Market Hall where they spoke to local traders about the current state of business. They had a number of wide ranging discussion about ways Stephen and Ken (if elected Mayor) can assist small businesses in Newham. Later in the afternoon, Stephen joined Ken at a Q&A session with around 100 students at Newham College of Further Education. Questions ranged from employment opportunities, to the recent increases in both tuition fees and rail fares. In the evening, the Didsbury Centre played host to the ‘Tell Ken’ event. This was a public meeting that gave constituents from across the borough an opportunity to tell Ken about the changes that they would like to see in Newham and across London.
Speaking at the end of the day, Mr Timms said: “I always enjoy walking around the constituency and hearing directly from people about the issues that matter most to them. Ken’s pledge to cut fares in London from the beginning of October has set this campaign alight. Electing Ken Mayor is vital for Newham and London”