Campaigning in Tottenham Green

Saturday 8 April 2017: The sun was out and it was a warm morning. It was around 11 o’clock. I hurried past Tottenham Hotspurs fans who had emerged from Seven Sisters underground station slowly making their way to the ground for the lunch time kick off. They looked cheerful not just because the sun was out, but because Spurs are doing rather well this season (unlike my own team Arsenal!).

I met up with some of Tottenham’s Labour councillors for knocking on residents’ doors in Grove Park Road (off West Green Road). I quite enjoy speaking to residents who are mostly pleased to see a friendly face (that’s me!). One particular resident invited me into his home and explained some problems where he needed council’s help. I took down his details so that local councillors could deal with it as casework.

After the campaigning session, I sat down with my comrades for a drink at a local Portuguese cafe called Bom Pecado. The place was buzzing. It was clear to see that people loved the authentic taste and the flavours served up in this little cafe. For some, it was like home away from home.

Tottenham has always welcomed people from all corners of the earth. I came to live here from Bangladesh with my family in 1993. I was a 12 year-old boy. Initially, it was difficult for me to adapt to a completely different environment not least because I did not speak any English. Once I settled down, Tottenham became my home. Although I travelled, lived and worked in many countries around the world, I always returned to Tottenham. I know this place like the back of my hand.

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