Speech to Wandsworth council, May 15, 2013
This council created modern Latchmere, the ward I represent, and we got it wrong. We built streets in the sky where neighbours fear to stop and talk. Designed estates with few shops and no jobs – in some cases literally with walls around them.
We had a tenancy policy that – coupled with a misguided Right To Buy scheme – has concentrated the borough’s most troubled families in the same places.
As I told this chamber in my maiden speech, I joined the council to change Latchmere, not keep it the same.
Since I made that speech in 2010, on the Winstanley and York Road Estates, six young men have been shot and one stabbed to death.
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